Le Jardinet Newsletter

 April 2012
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It's been a busy month! With landscape designs to draw, new pots to select, exciting spring containers to plant up and the opportunity to share all this fun with a great audience at the Best of the Northwest arts and fine crafts show - what more could a girl ask? Well I also found myself doing a spot n KOMO TV and radio and my wonderful gardening buddy Ciscoe Morris even invited me to a radio interview on KIRO. You know me - always happy to talk plants.
if you like to 'talk' plants but don't know quite where to start putting them together, this is the time to email me and set up an appointment. I'll whisk those container gardens into shape for the summer faster than you can drink a margarita. I'm offering a special discount for orders placed this month too!
For those clients who would like me to plant their hanging baskets this year, orders will need to be placed this month for delivery in May.
My New Website is Launched


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It's all new! My website has a fresh new look with easy to navigate pages and an updated portfolio. Let me know what you think.


Even better? My blog will be moving over there shortly - more about that below.


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My Blog is on the Move!

Garden Adventures - for thumbs of all colors, is a lighthearted, information packed blog for all gardeners and garden lovers. Laugh while you learn, pick up new ideas and be inspired by others has been the theme from the start and will continue to be so as I begin a new adventure.


This blog will now be on my new website, making a great one stop shop for all things le jardinet style. You won't need to remember two url's anymore - it will all be  under If you prefer to go directly to my blog the link will be That easy!


If you subscribe to my blog you should continue to receive posts, although they will look a little different.


if you were a 'follower' you will NOT continue to receive my posts and that is SAD!! I have an easy solution for you - sign up below to continue to receive the blog posts by email in future. 

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Old and new adventures will be linked to each other so you can enjoy both and find those favorites posts. 


Bear with me as I work through the inevitable kinks and the transition is completed. 


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Le Jardinet in Fine Gardening this Month

Have you picked up your copy of Fine Gardening this month? Be sure to read my Great Plant Picks article on page 17.


I selected 'Wissel's saguaro' false cypress for its huggability and slender good looks! I'm sure  you could find room for one too. If you live in the Seattle  area, Molbak's nursery in Woodinville and Dragonfly farms nursery in Kingston usually carry these. Tell them Karen sent you! 

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My Seminars This Month -JOIN ME!


black aw pot Snohomish Garden Club, WA
April 9th 2012, (7-8pm)
Container Designs for Spring and  Summer. 
With the promise of warmer days ahead it's time to freshen up those container gardens. Get new ideas for fresh combinations and learn design tips and tricks in this fun demonstration style seminar. 
Details Open to the public. 
The Plant Farm, Smokey Point, Marysville, WA 
April 21st 2012 (11am-12noon) 
'Squish and Stuff' - designing bountiful baskets and containers. 
Learn the secrets to creating professional European style hanging baskets and container gardens in this fun demonstration style seminar. Join me as I show you how to create stunning summer designs with tips, tricks and fresh ideas.  
Directions Open to the public. Free. 


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Take a moment to sit back, enjoy photographs, garden news and links to the latest garden products: all in bite sized chunks. Always fresh - take a look!


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 Le jardinet now on Pinterest


Many of you have emailed me to say how much you enjoy my photographs. well now you can enjoy many of them on my virtual pin boards - visit Pinterest! you don't need an account to enjoy the boards, just a cup of tea will do as you sit back and get new ideas for combinations and garden designs, pathways and art work. I add new images daily, both my own and others whose work inspires me. Hope you enjoy them - tell me which are your favorites boards.




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Love these newsletters? Want to tell your friends about some of the fun events or share some of my design ideas? Either click  or use the social media links at the top of the page to send via Facebook, Twitter and the like. Encourage friends and family to sign up so they don't miss out on special offers, plant news and local garden events!

Want more? My newsletters are now archived on my website so you can look up seasonal tips and photographs from previous editions.

Showers and sunbreaks means spring is here! 


Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
425 765 3574 
In This Issue
New website
Blog on the move
Fine Gardening Magazine
My April seminars
R. impeditum
Dwarf purple rhododendron
R. impeditum
 These make perfect hummocks of grey-green foliage year  round but in late spring these are almost completely hidden by the rich lavender blooms. They thrive in full sun here in Seattle but afternoon shade is needed in hot spots and they prefer fertile, moist but well drained soil. I love to use them under shrubs such as the fragrant Korean spice
viburnum which fills the air with fragrance in late April, just as this little beauty forms a lilac carpet to set off the viburnum's white flowers

Hardy in zones 5-8

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when you  book now to have your container gardens and baskets replanted anytime during May or June. Offer limited to existing clients only.
Offer Expires: April 30th  2012