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November 2013

You know you have great friends when they are completely unfazed to return home from work and find you under a shrub. You see there was this tiny cyclamen that I wanted to take a picture of....
Well you'll be glad I did stop to visit my friend and designer Mitch Evans when you read my Design Inspiration this week. Sit back and enjoy a stroll through his magical garden. 




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Have you seen those elegant, festive holiday centerpieces in high end nurseries and glossy magazines? Well I'll provide everything you need to create your own! Plus you'll have your choice of two beautiful containers and three color schemes so you can personalize your tabletop design to suit your decor.


A toasty log fire, holiday music playing softly in the background and delicious traditional English treats will round out this special event.


I will run two workshops on this day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Places will be limited  so watch your email for registration details which I'll send soon.


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 PERSONAL CONTAINER COACH - a unique, new service!


Need to whip a couple of pots into shape before Thanksgiving? Read on!


This is ideal for those who

  • Prefer to plant their own containers but struggle with design
  • Just have a few containers to take care of
  • Would like a designer look without the designer price
Here's how it works
  • I help you get organized!
  • We meet at Molbaks' Garden and Home, Woodinville
  • I help you select plants for each of your containers
  • You take them home and plant them up
What does it cost?
  • $45/hour with a two hour minimum charge
  • Retail cost of plants less 10%!
  • Monday-Friday between 8am and 3pm (last appointment at 1pm)
Check here for full details of this unique service and how to schedule an appointment




There are some people that come into your life and you feel as though you've known them forever; Mitch Evans is one of those people. As an avid collector of Japanese maples (and Epimedium....and Gentian....and Cyclamen.....) his garden is bursting at the seams with 'must have' plants. But where others might have ended up with a hodgepodge Mitch has created artistic vignettes with layer upon layer of color, each one drawing you in to appreciate the smallest detail. Perhaps it is the way a maple cascades down a steep slope to give the impression of a waterfall. Or the perfectly placed bench where you can savor the scene. Mitch hasn't just created a garden, this is a sanctuary for the soul.


1. Weathered brick pathways and moss covered steps suggest this garden has been tended for many years and that each carefully clipped topiary has a story to tell.


2. Foliage colors and textures ignite in an ever changing fiery display. 



3. And occasionally flowers play a part

4. But sometimes it's the little details which capture the imagination such as a single leaf.....

.....or a small container


But you will never leave this garden without your spirits being lifted.

 Mitch Evans is a designer in Kirkland, WA





I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as a speaker for the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle next February - my favorite gardening event of the year!

Idaho and Chicago are also on the events calendar for next spring as well as many talks in Washington State.

Interested in booking a seminar or presentation for your area or garden club? Just send me an email and feel free to read reviews of my talks on the Great Garden Speakers website.

Did you know that FINE FOLIAGE has a full FIVE STAR rating on Amazon and that it is so popular that it is going into it second printing? Woo hoo!

Would you like a signed copy for yourself or as a gift?

Order from my website for priority shipping (2-3 days). You can even request a special message on the last page of the checkout using the 'instructions to seller' box.

Pay by credit card (no PayPal account is needed) or PayPal itself. 


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Karen Chapman CPH
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