Seminar Spotlight: THE GARDEN SHOW: The Future of Gardening

Seminar Spotlight: THE GARDEN SHOW: The Future of Gardening

Sustainable gardens don't have to be boring. These gardens were all photographed by the author in Carmel-by-the-Sea last August, where the region has severe water restrictions.

Prognosticators sometimes say that “gardening is dead.” Certainly in these uncertain economic times, gardening, and its place in our lives as a hobby, home improvement and/or profession, is changing. But how? Are people gardening differently, or are different people gardening? Does the need for water conservation mean we have to eliminate gardens? Or can gardens exist in harmony with the Earth’s resources – and still be beautiful? The truth undoubtedly falls somewhere in between. 


To ponder this question we have invited four gardening luminaries to talk about what’s in store for gardeners and the gardening industry. What’s in? What’s out? What’s a passing fad, and what trends are here to stay?  What should gardeners be doing, and what should they no longer do? Are lawns passé? And can only rock and cactus be “sustainable?” How do we garden and make ourselves feel both indulged and conscientious at the same time? 


Join Lucy Hardiman, popular lecturer, teacher and author, as she hosts an insightful and illuminating discussion with guest stars Val Easton, Seattle Times columnist and author of four books, including The New Low Maintenance Garden; Richard Turner, editor of Pacific Horticulture, the magazine for West Coast gardeners; and Cole Burrell, designer, photographer and author of 12 books, including Perennial Combinations, as they sit down to talk about what’s in store for gardeners and the future trends. 

The future of gardening may mean giving up a sea of green and replacing lawns with brilliant shrubs. It's can be a beautiful trade-off.

THE GARDEN SHOW – The Future of Gardening
What’s In & What’s Out in Gardening Trends
Wednesday, February 23 at 2:30 pm in the Rainier Room


Lucy Hardiman, Garden designer, writer and author, Intimate Gardens
Lucy Hardiman was to the garden born. As a fifth generation Oregon gardener, most of her childhood memories revolve around the cycles and seasons of the garden.  She is the principal of Perennial Partners, a garden design collaborative, distinguished by their innovative hardscapes, playful planting designs and creative approach to problem solving. She is a past president of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, is vice president of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection and is on the Great Plant Picks perennials committee. She co-authored Intimate Gardens (Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 2005) and is currently working on a new book. A popular lecturer, teacher and author, Hardiman is a contributing editor for Horticulture Magazine and shares her opinionated perspective on gardening on her blog, ‘Perennial Patter.’ Website: 



Does drought-tolerant mean dull, or high-maintenance? Not if you choose plants wisely. This garden was teeming with hummingbirds.

Val Easton – Seattle Times columnist & author, The New Low-Maintenance Garden
Valerie Easton hasn’t missed a week of writing her “Plant Life” column for Pacific Northwest Magazine of The Seattle Times in the last fifteen years. She also writes feature articles for the Times on the region’s most creative gardens and homes. Her own new, simplified little garden on Whidbey Island has been published in The New York Times, Horticulture and This Old House. She writes regularly about gardens and the people who make them for numerous publications, including Garden Design and Organic Gardening magazines. Val is the author of four gardening books, including The New Low Maintenance Garden (Timber Press, 2009) which was chosen by as one of the Ten Best Home and Garden Books for 2009. Valerie blogs at and on the Huffington Post. 


C. Colston Burrell – Designer & author, Perennial Combinations
C. Colston Burrell is an acclaimed lecturer, garden designer, award winning author and photographer.  A certified chlorophyll addict, Cole is an avid and lifelong plantsman, gardener and naturalist.  He is principal of Native Landscape Design and Restoration, which specializes in blending nature and culture through artistic design.  In 2008 Cole received the Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.  He is the author of 12 gardening books, including Perennial Combinations (revised, Rodale Press, 2008), Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide (Timber Press, 2006), winner of the 2007 AHS book award, as well as Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Perennials (Rodale, Rev. 2004), Perennials for Today’s Gardens, Perennial Combinations (Rodale, 1999), and A Gardener’s Encyclopedia of Wildflowers (winner of the 1997 AHS Book Award). Cole is a contributing editor for Horticulture and frequently writes for Landscape Architecture, American Gardener, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  His writing reflects a love of plants, and he champions their use in artistically designed, environmentally friendly gardens.  He holds an M.S. in horticulture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota.  



What's in store for the future of gardening? Find out with Lucy, Val, Cole and Dick in Wednesday's The Garden Show: The Future of Gardening.

Richard Turner – Editor, Pacific Horticulture magazine
Richard G Turner Jr is a garden designer, educator, writer, photographer, and tour leader, having studied architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Michigan, before escaping to California in order to garden year-round. He has designed private and public gardens in Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, and California. He taught in UC Berkeley’s Department of Landscape Architecture for six years, before serving as director of the San Francisco Landscape Garden Show and as director of education for the Strybing Arboretum Society. He was the first executive director for The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, the first private garden to be sponsored by The Garden Conservancy. Since 1997, he has been editor of Pacific Horticulture, one of the country’s top garden magazines, serving the West Coast gardener. He has traveled extensively to study gardens, plants, and wildlife in North America, Europe, Chile, South Africa, and Australia. He edited the Trees of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco, was American editor for Botanica and The Ultimate Plant and Garden Book, and was a contributing editor to the Sunset Western Landscaping Book


Lucy Hardiman and Cole Burrell will also be appearing in these other seminars at the show: 

This new entry garden in Carmel, installed after a home remodel, plays off the color of the door.

Lucy Hardiman
Inside the Designer’s Studio
The Art of Transforming Your Garden
Friday, February 25 at 10:00 am in the Rainier Room
Time marches on in every garden. Some gardens wear their age better than others, and all gardens need “a little work” now and then. Is it time to restore, renovate or re-envision your garden? Designer, author and garden show favorite Lucy Hardiman takes you inside the mind and studio of a garden designer, and shows you fresh approaches for renewing your own garden. 


Cole Burrell
Cultivating the Written Word
Books That Changed the Way We Garden
Thursday, February 24 at 9:30 am in the Hood Room
In today’s fast-paced information age, it is hard to imagine a time when gardeners relied on books rather than YouTube videos for inspiration and practical advice. This lecture examines the shifting roles that gardens have played in our culture and highlights some seminal books that changed the way we envision, design, plant and maintain outdoor spaces. 

For the complete seminar schedule, visit our website at and read all the Seminar Spotlight blogs (listed in the right-hand column on this blog page under “Featured Show Participants.”) to find many more seminars you don’t want to miss! – Janet

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