Karen Chapman

» Cactus, Succulents (7)
» Container, Balcony, Rooftop (38)
» Garden Design (76)
» Ornamentals (56)
» Timber Press Authors (20)
» Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs (60)

Browse This Speaker's Upcoming Events

» Karen Chapman to present at Bellevue Botanical Garden

» Karen Chapman to speak to Alderwood Garden Club

» Karen Chapman to speak to Birchwood Garden Club

» Karen Chapman to speak at United States Botanic Garden

» Karen Chapman to speak at Edmonds in Bloom


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

w: Le jardinet website

w: Blog

w: Facebook

e: karen@lejardinetdesigns.com

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 am currently writing and photographing my next book on deer-resistant gardens (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 my books FINE FOLIAGE (St. Lynn's Press, 2013) and GARDENING WITH FOLIAGE FIRST (Timber Press, 2017), both co-authored with Christina Salwitz 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.

Photo Gallery


Click here for Slideshow. You can also click on any of the photos to start slideshow.

more photos »

Audience Reviews

Star OnStar OnStar OnStar OnStar On

Skyline Garden Club

Barbara Lechner from Anacortes, Washington - 02/20/2018 00:23:40

The Skyline Garden Club was very fortunate today that Karen Chapman came to present "Foliage First" to our club. Karen is a wonderful speaker - very knowledgeable, interesting and professional. After our meeting I received several positive comments about Karen's presentation. We look forward to having Karen return to our garden club again for a future presentation.

Star OnStar OnStar OnStar OnStar On

Trilogy Garden Club

Connie Adams from Redmond, Wa - 01/04/2018 23:34:32

Karen spoke at Trilogy's Garden Club last night. She gave a wonderful talk about how to integrate light, shadows, movement and sound to make a beautiful garden with different plants, grasses and artwork. She has traveled all over the United States and presented us with wonderful pictures to inspire and create our own beautiful gardens, whether they are large or small. She is a master at her craft and truly loves what she does. I highly recommend that you attend one of her talks if you get the chance. She will be at the Northwest Flower and Garden show in Seattle next month.
Check out the times that she will be speaking. You won't be sorry.

Star OnStar OnStar OnStar OnStar On

Captivating Gardens

Dianne Venzon from Washington - 01/04/2018 21:52:58

Educational and inspiring presentation!