Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

Sponsored by the Department of Horticultural Science and the JCRA

"Twenty Years of a Life in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture"
Richard Hartlage, 2010 Outstanding Alumnus for Horticultural Science and Associate Principal, AHBL

  • Thursday, September 30, 2010 – 7:30 pm9:00 pm

Richard Hartlage has spent 20 years managing private and public gardens and is now a partner at AHBL in Tacoma, Washington, managing the Landscape Architecture Department. He has written many articles on landscape design written and photographed Bold Visions for the Garden and photographed four additional books. He hybridized the Raulston allspice that bears his name; Calycanthus ×raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' released from the JC Raulston Arboretum. He is currently working on private and public projects on both the east and west coasts including the new Herb Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Chihuly Project, an indoor/outdoor retrospective of Dale Chihuly's glass art in Seattle, Washington. His residential projects have been featured in countless magazines and books and his hallmark are forming gardens with strong, livable outdoor architecture and rich plant palettes. He will reflect on his career managing public and private gardens and show a wide array of projects that are built and in design. With wit, he will share impressions on a twenty year career, share his philosophy of design, and give plenty of practical, hands-on experience maintaining, designing, and building gardens for a wide range of clients.

Book Sale and Signing

Richard's new book, The Authentic Garden: Naturalistic and Contemporary Landscape Design, will be available for sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fund-raising efforts for the JC Raulston Arboretum operate under the auspices of the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax ID #566049304).


Richard was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a graduate in ornamental horticulture from NC State University. While in North Carolina, he worked at Montrose Nursery, a mail order nursery specializing in perennials and as head gardener at Chatwood, a private estate known to have the premier collection of antique roses in the Southeast.

He has fifteen years experience in public gardening as superintendent of horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission where he directed horticulture at both Willowwood Arboretum and Frelinghuysen Arboretum. As director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Gardens in Seattle, Richard initiated the highly successful regional education program, "Great plant Picks," which promotes the best performing plants for the Pacific Northwest.
Richard is currently a partner in AHBL managing the landscape architecture division, and is working with private and public clients in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, Illinois, and Washington. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Horticulture, Traditional Home, Pacific Horticulture, Garden Design, and the Seattle Times, in addition to other publications in the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Richard has given over 350 lectures in the last twenty years, and has written over sixty articles on gardening and garden design topics for national and regional publications. His photographs appear regularly in the Seattle Times and many horticultural magazines and books. He is a contributing editor to Garden Design. His first book, Bold Visions for the Garden, was published by Fulcrum Press in October 2001, and he is the photographer for Plant Life: Growing a Garden in the Pacific Northwest and A Pattern Garden by Valerie Easton and Pots in the Garden: Expert Design & Planting Techniques and Coleus: Rainbow Foliage for Containers and Gardens by Ray Rogers. He is currently co-authoring a comprehensive book on American garden design.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit has been applied for through the NC Board of Landscape Architects.

Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members and NC State University students, faculty, and staff (with ID), all others $5.00.
Advance registration is not available.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.