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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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 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.



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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Inspiring and Wonderful

Eve Choi from Grand Rapids, Michgian - 08/13/2020 14:45:09

It was a true joy to have the opportunity to work with Karen Chapman we transitioned her previously scheduled in-person lecture and workshops to live, virtual events through Zoom Webinar. Her experience and skill as a public speaker translated to a virtual format beautifully, and I learned so much through our collaboration on this project. We received an outpouring of positive feedback following the lecture and classes, and this email summarized those sentiments best:

"Just wanted to say thank you for hosting the lecture last night. It was splendid and so enjoyable...Please know how inspiring and helpful I found it to be a part of the zoom presentation. Looking forward to more, almost felt like normal for a short time! I will be so much more mindful of color, texture and combinations for arrangements and plantings in my garden. Wonderful!!"

Karen made her lecture and workshops a meaningful experience for everyone involved.

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Time Well Spent

Teresa Futrick from Tyrone - 08/06/2020 17:08:38

The sun was shining, there was a nice breeze; and my garden was calling my name. But I was sitting in front of my computer listening and watching Karen Chapman's classes, Deer-Resistant Drama and The Squish Factor - designing abundant containers. It was time well spent!
Her combination of explanation, illustration (slides) and hand-outs made the time fly by. You know the old saying "Time flies when you're having fun". This was fun -- and informative!

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Anna Brooks from STEVENSVILLE - 08/06/2020 09:02:37

Karen is not only extremely knowledgeable about the topics she speaks about, she shares that knowledge in a lighthearted, interesting manner. You're always wondering what she's going to say next! Her images are spot on, and she uses every bit of her time to treat her audience to visual eye candy. I experienced her as a virtual speaker via Zoom, hosted by Fredrick Meijer Gardens, presenting Deer Resistant Design. Although this was not the usual format for her, Karen presented like the true professional she is and I wasn't a bit disappointed in the presentation.