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Lucy Hardiman

Educator, garden writer and designer, Perennial Partners

Lucy Hardiman was to the garden born –a fifth generation Oregon gardener. She is the principal of Perennial Partners, a garden design collaborative whose work is distinguished by innovative hardscape, playful and sustainable planting design and creative problem solving. She is a past president of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon continuing her commitment to the organization as an obsessed volunteer. She is long time member of the Great Plant Picks Committee thriving on interaction with other plant nerds. For many years she was a contributing editor for Horticulture Magazine. Her garden is a testimony to her passion for plants having been featured in many books and magazines. She is a sought after lecturer from coast to coast.

Rooted in Place: Cutting Edge Gardens of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is a horticultural convergence of great gardens, creative and knowledgeable gardeners, and fabulous specialty nurseries. Generations of innovative gardeners have paid homage to a region where diverse natural features and layers of nature exert a strong sense of place. Our region’s venerable and iconic gardens each tell their own story as influential now as when they were created. Join Lucy as she explores gardens that continue to inform how we design gardens in this modern world.

Wednesday, Feb 7 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room

Container Wars

Back by popular demand, we’ve lined up leading designers to “battle it out” in our highly acclaimed “Container Wars.” Containers can go virtually anywhere—patios, decks and balconies or even in the garden! Drawing from identical plant materials, Garden Writers Association President and award-winning designer Kirk R. Brown will ‘compete’ against Portland’s popular designer and plant nerd Lucy Hardiman as they each create three gorgeous containers—all in under an hour! Working against the clock, and with fun “challenges” thrown at them by Master of Ceremonies Marianne Binetti, see how they pull together plants and share their tips for designing luscious container gardens. Learning about plants has never been so fun!

Thursday, Feb 8 at 11:00 am / Designer’s Arena

GARDEN 101: Gardening in Small Spaces

Turning Small Space Challenges into Opportunities

Do you have a small, awkward backyard? Unsightly views of neighbors? A side yard filled with everyday clutter? Or perhaps you are in a new home on a very small lot. These are all opportunities! Join 3 leading designers, Lucy Hardiman, Rebecca Sweet and Susan Morrison, to learn how to address the realities that small backyards present. Join them and learn strategies to create spaciousness, with fabulous before-and-after looks at design solutions anyone can do. No matter your style, you’re sure to leave excited to transform this final frontier of your garden.

Thursday, Feb 8 at 2:15 pm / Rainier Room