Garden Artist

Lucy Hardiman is a speaker discovered by members on the Gardeners Connect trip in February to the 2015 Northwest Flower Show. She is bubbly, fun and full of solid, practical advice on garden design and garden artistry.

Hardiman has been designing gardens since the mid-1980s. She is the owner and principal of Perennial Partners, an award-winning collaborative garden design group in Portland, Oregon.

She is a freelance writer who is a regional contributing editor for Horticulture Magazine. She has written for several Brooklyn Botanic Garden handbooks, including Intimate Gardens, which she co-authored with C. Colston Burrell. Her own garden has appeared in many books and magazines, including Fine Gardening, Victorian Homes, Pacific Horticulture, and Better Homes and Gardens.

She serves on the Great Plant Picks Committee and as vice president of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection. She is an active member of the Garden Writers Association, the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers and the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. She is a past president of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and advocates for the Community Garden program in Oregon.

Hardiman plans to give two presentations as part of the Kansas City Garden Symposium.

During the Symposium itself she will talk about “Making the Most of Color in the Garden.”

She will present a fun, light-hearted program, “Beyond Plants: Furnishing Your Garden,” for the Friday, February 26, dinner preceding the full-day Kansas City Garden Symposium.