Karen Chapman

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Overview

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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Description

 

BIO

  

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.


 

 

Topics

I regularly present live and virtual 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.

 

Workshops

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.

 



 

 

 

Locations

Throughout USA and Canada.

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Foliage & Focal Points

Kathy Wisbeck from Mukilteo - 01/20/2021 20:30:47

Karen is one of my all time favorite speakers, and in normal times I always plan to attend her programs at the Washington State Flower & Garden Show. Her presentation to the Mukilteo Way Garden Club this week was a perfect combination of knowledge and concepts well illustrated with beautiful images. Very engaging and inspirational!

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Design Dilemmas & Savvy Solutions

Stacie McGraw from Virginia - 01/20/2021 14:25:14

Karen is both an exceptional speaker and a pleasure to work with for an event planner. This talk was presented to green industry professionals and received fantastic reviews from attendees. She presented solid, actionable information that professional landscape designers can use to improve client relationships and navigate tricky design scenarios.

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Foliage & Focal Points

Barb Moore from Wa - 01/20/2021 12:44:39

Very informative presentation with varied and stunning examples of gardens, garden vignettes to illustrate the concepts presented