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About Seed Garden Designs

For the love of gardening…

Alissa Hartman has been gardening professionally for 20 years, and has been the owner of Seed Garden Designs in Portland, Oregon since 2006. Alissa has a bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a masters degree in Education from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She has training in permaculture, herbal studies, and water reclamation to broaden her gardening practice. This well rounded background assists with teaching and instruction in a classroom, one-on-one, or presenting at events. This unique training also is the base of incorporating ecologically conscious, low-maintenance, edible, native, and wildlife attracting plants into landscapes that are functional and unique. With a background in fine arts, she sees the yard as a pallet for living, evolving art. 

After fully recovering from a traumatic brain injury, she also experienced the importance of adapting spaces to complement the changing needs of their stewards, and the great importance of continuing to work in the joyful and empowering space of a garden. She finds incredible reward in connecting with people who choose to remain active outdoors, and loves working with individuals with varying abilities to problem solve ways to make physical challenges easier, and gardening a practical reality.