Karen Chapman

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Greater Seattle Area, Washington 98019

If you love plants, have a good sense of humor and enjoy meeting fellow gardening enthusiasts we are meant to meet!

Gardening should be FUN and that's what I'm all about; learn while you laugh, and never take yourself (or your garden) too seriously

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Additional Information

2018 Speakers One Sheet





Born in England, I grew up with a trowel in my hand.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 I joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was always a delight. Ten years later I established Le jardinet in order to provide a service that takes all the time, stress and guesswork out of the design process for you.

In the recent past I have taught container gardening  at Edmonds Community College, and continue to teach both container and landscape design in occasional workshops and events as well offering a range of online learning opportunities through Craftsy and Garden Gate Magazine.

With excellent reviews on the Great Garden Speakers website, I frequently give presentations at flower & garden shows, trade conferences, horticultural organizations, nurseries and garden clubs.

When I’m not teaching garden design or talking about it I am usually writing about it, and my articles and design have been featured in many national gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design. I have co-authored two books with Christina Salwitz, award winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), and my latest book Deer-Resistant Design will be released soon (Timber Press, 2019).

Specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant, summer-dry designs, it would give me great pleasure to share my love of gardening with you.




I regularly present seminars  to trade organizations, international Flower & Garden Shows, Master Gardener conferences, Horticultural Societies, private groups, garden clubs and nurseries.

Signed copies of all my books: DEER-RESISTANT DESIGN (Timber Press, 2019) GARDENING WITH FOLIAGE FIRST (Timber Press, 2017) and FINE FOLIAGE(St. Lynn's Press, 2013), can be made available after talks.

Please request my latest speakers one sheet with suggested topic titles, but I am also happy to work with your event planner to tailor a program to suit your needs and audience.



I also offer container design workshops for small groups of home gardeners and nursery professionals in my garden occasionally as my schedule permits.  Please enquire for details.


For the Horticulture and Nursery Professional

I am available for on site consultations to help you grow your business through container gardening either through a series of seminars or workshops.






Throughout USA and Canada.

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wonderful presentation- England Re-Visited

Suzanne Kalish from Redmond - 12/07/2018 15:58:48

Karen presented to our Trilogy Garden club this week-- a wonderful, humorous, interesting show about wonderful gardens in England- through the eyes of someone who knows! makes us want to travel to England...

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Peggy Riccio from Alexandria - 05/11/2018 08:38:47

Recently I heard Karen speak about containers at the USBG in Washington DC. Karen is a very good speaker, she speaks from experience. Her slide show was excellent. She gave step by step instructions on planting a container and many ideas for how to do it, many different plant ideas. She also provided handouts that were helpful. I would recommend her as a speaker and look forward to her new book (she has written several).

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Linda Wagner from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - 04/14/2018 16:39:01

Anyone who would like to create WOW! containers, or great combinations of plants that work in their landscape would learn a lot from Karen. Her presentations are fun, energetic and motivating. I recommend her talk to anyone who loves gardening.

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