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

2019 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), while my latest book Deer-Resistant Design (Timber Press, 2019) is receiving excellent reviews.

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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Audience Reviews

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available and informative

Janice Noe from Edmonds, WA - 01/27/2020 23:33:48

What a delight! Karen is an acclaimed speaker and author who took the time to arrive early and interact with our garden club as they arrived for her program. She is a relaxed,professional, available, enthusiastic and focused in a delight full balance. Her program is beautifully laid out in a focused, organized format that includes personal intimacy. Lots of shared asides. You have the experience of talking with a friend about their garden and how they organized what is important to them when they designed it. Thoughtful, provoking directions and connections that encourage the gardener to work with expressing color and form creatively to achieve beautiful garden designs. Such great take aways &-)!

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Informative and Inspiring

Donna Bogumill from Olympia - 11/22/2019 14:29:19

Our garden club thoroughly enjoyed Karen's presentation. She provided great ideas on both why and how to use focal points and vignettes in the garden. Her explanations were clear and easy to understand and were accompanied by photos that beautifully illustrated each point. Karen is a delightful speaker and a pleasure to work with.

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Informative and personable

Martin Kral from Shoreline - 10/18/2019 12:01:27

Our dahlia audience was inspired by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable presentation of Karen Chapman. She offered her insights into creating and maintaining striking containers and illustrated the talk with examples of her own creations. We hope to have her back with more of these,specific to integrating dahlias in the landscape.

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