Lucy Bradley is the Consumer and Community Horticulture Specialist at the NC State University, Department of Horticultural Science. She directs consumer horticulture, community gardening, therapeutic horticulture, and the North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.
Lucy began her gardening career as a Master Gardener Volunteer in Phoenix, Arizona, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Botany and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University.
She links university expertise with county expertise to expand the impact of the horticulture department. Several of her current projects include:
Partnering with Longwood Gardens and the North Carolina Botanical Garden to create 6-week online asynchronous classes in plant identification and therapeutic horticulture.
Working with specialists throughout the college to create a gardening textbook that is now available free online, as a hardcover book from UNC press, and as an interactive online teaching tool from TopHat.
Creating an online plant database including almost 5,000 plants, with the ability to select a plant with specific characteristics (95 variables), recommend alternate options for plants that are poisonous or invasive, and identify a plant. It contains a vast photo and video gallery, including whole plants, plant parts, seasonal interest, life cycle stages, and much more.
Dr. Bradley is an urban pioneer raising chickens, bees, native frogs and a daughter in an edible landscape full of native plants.
Campus Box 7609,
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Ph.D. 2006, Arizona State University, Plant Biology
Extension Responsibilities in Consumer and Community Horticulture