Richard Hartlage

Richard Hartlage

Lecturer

Richard Hartlage is the founding principal and owner of Land Morphology. His award-winning, innovative designs are renowned as emotive, immersive spaces that incorporate sophisticated horticulture, artful detailing, and historical knowledge that heighten the human experience of the natural world. His passion for horticulture, cultivated over twelve years working in public gardens and estates and managing a landscape architecture studio for sixteen years, is applied to each design from the conceptual phase through development of maintenance protocol and beyond.

Land Morphology was founded in 2013 and is a studio of fifteen people working in eight states on private residential landscape, public and commercial projects.

Richard’s diverse span of work includes the Seattle Waterfront, Leach Botanical Gardens, Herb and Vegetable Garden at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Chihuly Gardens and Glass, the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, the Century 21 Master Plan for the Seattle Center, and the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden.

His designs have been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, At Home, Connecticut Home and Garden, Gray, Luxe, Fine Gardening, 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 five-hundred lectures worldwide, teaches planting design in the University of Washington’s School of Built Environments in the College of Landscape Architecture, has written over many articles on gardening and landscape design for national and international publications, and serves on many advisory committees and design juries. He has contributed to six books on horticulture and landscape architecture, including The Authentic Garden: Naturalistic& Contemporary Planting design in Landscape Architecture, Field Guide to Chihuly Gardens and Glass, Bold Visions for the Garden, Coleus, Pots, and Plant Life. In 2017 he will have two new books published; the first on sustainable strategies in estates and residential gardens.

In 2002, the sweet shrub, Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ was named by the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in honor of his hybridization efforts with this genus. Richard grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a graduate of North Carolina State University with Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture and received an Outstanding Alumni Award in 2010 and in 2018 the American Horticulture Society’s Great Gardeners award in landscape design.