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November 2012
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From Weeds To Wedding!
It does have a certain ring to it. It could be my next book. Or even a fun movie - perhaps Father of the Bride style where the improbably perfect family has a few minor meltdowns as deer eat the brides bouquet, the septic system backs up due to the number of guests and flip-flops or wellies are the footwear of choice due to late season flooding. 
Well next summer we'll be hosting our daughter's wedding in the garden so I am sure we'll have plenty of stories to tell. We have more 'field' than lawn but at least the weeds are green. Those that aren't are allowed to become a meadow....well if you squint hard it looks like a meadow.
What garden adventures do you have planned?



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Procrastinators beware! Photo courtesy of Chris Jacobs, AW Pottery


No matter which area you live in there are still a few things to tackle in the garden this month.


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EDCC logo I love to share my passion for gardening and design with others whether it is planting containers, writing articles or presenting seminars. It's incredibly rewarding to be able to help and inspire others in this way so I am thrilled to have been asked to teach the Container Gardening course at the horticultural department of Edmonds Community College (EDCC) this winter.


A few years ago I took a couple of design classes there for 'fun' and was pleasantly surprised that I was not the dinosaur in the classroom! In fact the average age of the student is mid-40s. While many students are taking on a full course load to complete a landscape design degree, often as a second career, there were also plenty of folks like me who simply wanted to take the opportunity to learn more.


I have designed the curriculum to be FUN! As well as gaining a better understanding of products, plants and design there will be lots of opportunities for hands on work. I will also teach a unique class on starting your own container gardening business and marketing, something I am asked about every year.


Classes run every Tuesday morning from January 8th to March 19th. Email me for more class details or contact Tim Hohn to inquire about course fees and registration


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The writing is finished, the last of the photographs taken and hopefully we're almost through with the editing. Famous last words.....

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Now what? LOTS of seminars / book signing opportunities including the Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2013. See my website events page for more details. Remember you can always schedule something for your own club or organization too.


We've also have a popular Facebook page so you can follow along with our Fine Foliage adventures. There are some fun 'insider' snippets, great photos and  a few funny stories sprinkled in. Click the buttons below to follow the updates;


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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 is the theme as I cover everything from container design to slug patrol.


The most popular post last month was Stark Silhouettes - a lesson from the desert. Click on the link to enjoy images from my recent visit to Tucson and the design inspiration I cam away with.


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Take a moment to sit back, enjoy photographs, see what has been happening in my own garden plus get links to the latest garden products: all in bite sized chunks. Always fresh - take a look!


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As the Pacific Northwest regional garden writer for this great website I'm helping you stay on track with monthly garden checklists. being a total plantaholic I also love sharing one of  my favorite Great Design Plants with you each month. Houzz have also invited me to submit additional articles as I have time so be sure to watch out for one on Holiday Containers later this month. Want to find out more about Houzz? One of my recent blog posts will tell you all about it and how to get started.


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It takes a lot to slow me down but I'm going to have to accept that for the next two months I'll be less of an energizer bunny. Most of you know I'm having knee surgery in a few days so I will not be accepting any more 'on site' appointments until the New Year. Instead I'm taking the opportunity to get ahead with some writing assignments and a few other indoor projects.


I will of course be responding to emails and will gladly put you in touch with other designers should you need help for the Holidays


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Have a great month


Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
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Japanese maples are without question fall Superstars. Careful planning will have you enjoying shades of gold, amber and scarlet for many months.

'Purple Ghost' is one of the last cultivars in my garden to take the spotlight. Spring foliage is a vivid red, deepening to purple with striking dark veins. It is now turning bright crimson, each day seemingly more vibrant than the last. Love it! Hardy to zone 5. 12' tall and 6' wide in 10 years. Sun tolerant.
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