Lucy Hardiman was to the garden born and is a fifth generation Oregon gardener. She is the principal of Perennial Partners, a garden design collaborative distinguished by innovative hardscape, playful 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 a 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 and design, having been featured in many books and magazines. She is a sought after lecturer, speaking from coast to coast.
Full Frontal Gardens. A revolution is taking root in front gardens across North America. Gardeners are casting off the yoke of tradition and reclaiming their front yards as canvases for personal expression. Water-guzzling lawns and outdated foundation plantings are being replaced with walkways, terraces, art, ornamental plantings and vegetable gardens. Planting beds are jumping the sidewalk as street-side boulevards yield to low water or vegetable gardens. Playful and eye catching front gardens speak to the street, engaging neighbors in a dialog about the delights inherent in taking time to slow down. They encourage passersby to enjoy vistas of bold colors, bird song and pollinators going about their business. Slides from around the Northwest illustrate the creativity and artful designs of gardeners in private, commercial and municipal venues, who are gardening in the public eye.