Lucy Hardiman on Design

Lucy Hardiman on Design

Did you see the chickens? They were on display, not so discreetly Intimate Gardenstucked into a couple of show gardens. Popular speaker, co-author of “Intimate Gardens” and garden designer, Lucy Hardiman, reports that Portland was the first city to implement a chicken coop tour. Of all the interesting things to make part of a garden-the chickens have got to win an award.

Lucy spoke on furnishing the garden, and was not just talking furniture but also placement of containers and visual elements of container garden (c) 2008 JBHdesign.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Your goal should be to implement an area with well-populated spaces, comfortable exposure and great plants.
  • A garden should compliment our homes, spaces and most of all, spirits.
  • Our gardens tell one or more stories.
  • When designing a garden, your starting point is always the house itself. A house gives the major clues on what to do with a space. A generic house gives more ability to use various garden styles.
  • Fireplaces can be overbuilt within a garden. Simple is best.
  • Containers act as an invitation into particular areas and their placement is important.
  • The use of screening, even if see-through, stops the eye and invites a pause.
  • The use of red is unusual in small gardens as it actually shortens the distance for the eye.
  • Back and front gardens can be different but should have a relationship with each other.
  • Use elevation to your advantage in a way that makes sense.
  • Ground plain is an ” under-story”. Design also has a “canopy”, which are the items above the ground level.
  • Consider adding spirituality to your garden, and consider unusual ones such as a labyrinth.
  • Vegetables are finally coming back within designed gardens (Yippee!).

Thanks to our many guest bloggers! What great posts!

  • Dianne
    Posted at 17:29h, 23 February Reply

    thanks so much for this great summary, I feel like I’d been there! The ideas about the home as the center…. and the relationship between space, color, and sense of time– have me thinking !

  • Flora
    Posted at 18:16h, 24 February Reply

    Dianne, Thanks much for your comment! Great to know that the post was helpful to you. Keep reading as I am sure there will be lots more! ~Flora

  • M. D. Vaden of Oregon
    Posted at 08:24h, 01 October Reply

    It’s good that this points out the house as a starting focal point.

    Too many people start with something like the mountain view, or blocking the neighbor’s as a focal point.

    The building of the house sets the boundaries for what else is available, and is really the most important starting point in most cases.


    M. D. Vaden of Oregon

  • Jim Lewis
    Posted at 01:09h, 04 December Reply

    Sounds like a great book for those interested in landscape design techniques.

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