Lucy's keynote will focus on the challenging situations in our gardens that are ripe for creative solutions- many involving integrating the vertical and horizontal planes. Taming slopes with terraces, steps, walls or hedges, adding terraces or raised veggie beds, blocking unsightly views with plants and screening, piercing the horizontal plane with plants and art are all solutions for creating dynamic, three dimensional gardens that relate to human scale.
Lucy 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. She is also the owner of the award-winning Perennial Partners, a collaborative garden design group in Portland Oregon.
A sought-after speaker coast to coast at venues in the U.S and Canada, Lucy lectures about many aspects of gardening, ranging from designing with plants to low-water, Mediterranean-style front gardens.
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; and as 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.