A longtime Northwest horticultural treasure, Lucy Hardiman is a nationally recognized garden designer, writer, teacher and speaker as well as the owner and principal of the award-winning Perennial Partners, a collaborative garden design group in Portland, Oregon.
Lucy was to the garden born. A fifth generation Oregon gardener, she is descended from pioneers who arrived in the fertile Willamette Valley on the first wagon train from Independence, Missouri to what is now Independence, Oregon. Her ancestors stuck softwood cuttings in potatoes, carefully packing them in boxes of sawdust for the long trip to the Oregon Territory. The passion for plants and gardens survived the western migration, taking root in successive generations.
Lucy's exposure to the world of garden design occurred when her parents hired a landscape architect to assist in planning the family garden. Fascinated, Lucy was her dad's assistant during the build-out, framing decks, pouring concrete, and constructing rock walls.
Lucy brings years of study and knowledge to her projects and clients.
In the mid-1980s the idea of leaving the corporate world to pursue a career in garden design began percolating, and by the end of the decade Lucy was working full-time as a garden designer and beginning to speak and write about her experiences. She brings years of study and knowledge to her projects and clients.
She is a freelance writer, penning stories for Northwest Garden News, Pacific Horticulture, and Horticulture Magazine, where she is a regional contributing editor. Her writing has also appeared in 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. Lucy's approach to using color in the garden is featured in the May, 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine.
A popular speaker, Lucy lectures about many aspects of garding, ranging from designing with plants to low-water, Mediterranean-style front gardens at venues in the U.S. and Canada.
Lucy devotes her non-work efforts to an array of not-for-profit entities that benefit gardens and gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. She serves on the Great Plant Picks Committee; as vice president of the Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection; 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.