About U.P. Hedrick

Ulysses P. Hedrick IV, Biography

Ulysses P. Hedrick IV is the founder of ShrubBucket, an online selling and purchasing cooperative for the nursery and landscape industry located in Ithaca, New York.

Throughout his career, Rick Hedrick has brought a passion for horticulture, landscape design, and landscape history to a diversity of projects and clients spanning the globe. By creating landscapes for high-profile international building, civic, and private projects, Hedrick has become known for his innovative approach to modern landscape design where horticulture is a major focus and priority.

 Hedrick’s work is widely respected for infusing contemporary landscapes with historically significant themes and plants. By weaving layers of garden history, horticultural structure, and new “green” technologies, each design becomes an integrated piece of fine art, at once classical and thoroughly modern. The results are elegant and sophisticated landscapes that tell a story.

 Hedrick is a frequent lecturer and has served on many advisory boards. Principal clients have included Taubman Asia, Target Inc., The Pittsburgh Symphony, Thor Equities, Kohn Pederson Fox Architects, Daniel Libeskind Architects, Killington Mountain/SKI, Cardinal Developers, New York Restoration Project, Gale International, as well as numerous high profile private clients.

 Hedrick founded UPH Inc., a global horticultural design and consulting company, in 2005 upon becoming the lead horticultural consultant of New Songdo City, a 1,300-acre $50 billion planned city in South Korea. New Songdo is widely regarded as the foremost model of sustainable urban living in the world. Working in conjunction with Kohn Pederson Fox Architects, Hedrick designed and developed New Songdo’s 150-acre “Central Park” from concept through construction. He went on to design five major civic spaces for the city, including landscapes for architects Daniel Libeskind and James Von Klemperer. The landscapes of New Songdo are acclaimed for their respectful reference to traditional Korean garden art, which Hedrick fused with a modern design aesthetic and state-of-the-art horticultural and environmental technologies. Hedrick also was responsible for plant procurement, estimated in the range of $2 billion, including the design and creation of onsite growing and holding facilities.

Hedrick is also an experienced nurseryman, having founded and operated The Plantsmen Nursery in Ithaca, New York. During his 14-year tenure, this nursery became known among avid collectors in North America and Europe for its large collection of uncommon and rarely available garden plants. A leading supplier to major botanic gardens and arboreta, The Plantsmen offered clients of all sizes sophisticated garden plants and design construction services. A significant source of historically important plants, it grew the largest assembly of antique Pelargonium, Abutilon, and rare Victorian-era bedding plants in the country. Hedrick’s prolific displays attracted attention at major plant symposia and sales events. The Plantsmen was widely regarded as one of the Top 10 specialty nurseries in the United States before being sold in 2006.

 Ulysses P. Hedrick IV is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture. He also received an AAS in horticulture from the State University of New York. He is a 4th- generation horticulturalist and the great-grandson of U.P. Hedrick, considered by many the founder of modern horticulture. Hedrick resides in Ithaca, NY, and eastern Tuscany, where he is currently restoring a 10th-century fortified church residence and garden with his family.