the lucy flower self-reliance garden
The Lucy Flower Self-Reliance Garden
The Lucy Flower Self-Reliance Garden, a project of Melissa Potter and Maggie Puckett, is a garden featuring plants reflecting the theme of self-sustainability. Some of the concerns are practical: how in our busy world can we work together as a group to tend to a garden which provides us life? And they are also conceptual: what does self-reliance encompass? The project will explore the feminist theories of feminized labor (domestic arts, cooking, and teaching) and consider the ways women’s empowerment can work towards a more sustainable system. The garden will include drought-resistant plants, easy-to-grow foods and medicinal herbs, as well as advocacy efforts for seed-saving, community garden development, and even growing indoors.
Seeds InService will also launch the book, A Feminist Seed Bank (working title). The project is a look back at our five years in the Papermaker’s Garden in Chicago and the work moving forward with the Compound Yellow gallery. The book includes stories about our feminist curated beds, a catalog of our artworks, performances, and events, and an index of plants we describe as the world’s first feminist seed bank. Commissioned essays by Claire Pentecost and Tricia Van Eck will be included.