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December 2013

It's the time of year when I prefer to enjoy my garden from inside. I know there are leaves to rake - but they are frozen to the soil. And I'm sure I need to clean the greenhouse - but that can wait. This is the time of year for friends and family.
With that in mind I have several ways to help you get through your Holiday gift list in record time! If you like to
make your gifts I have two spaces left in my afternoon workshop due to last minute cancellations. You can leave here with a beautiful indoor plant arrangement, boxed and ready to deliver.
Or help your friends to whip their garden into shape. Winter is a great time of year to curl up by the fire with a hot cup of tea and start dreaming about next years garden. Give your friends some inspiration with a copy of FINE FOLIAGE
Watch out for my next blog post where I'll give you my Top 10 Gifts for Green Thumbs - favorite tools, (other) books, gift plants and more. 

workshopHOLIDAY CONTAINER WORKSHOP - 2 spaces left 



Due to last minute cancellations I have TWO spaces left for the afternoon 




(the morning class is full).


More details here but you will need to call or email me before midnight Monday if you wish to register. You cannot register online


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  • Have you considered the idea of starting your own container gardening business but didn't know where to begin? 
  • Would like to offer this design service as part of your existing business but lack confidence? 
  • Or perhaps you are retired and this is your favorite hobby and would like to learn how to get professional results every time?


Well this is for you!


Join me at EdCC for a 10 week course and I will teach you everything I know from soil, fertilizer and container selection to marketing and of course designing for various seasons, situations and styles.


The course is a combination of field trips, hands on work and class time with lots of opportunities to put what you have learned into practice.


Dates; Fridays 9am-11.50am January 10th -March 21st


Email me if you would like more details on the syllabus.


Online registration is in two parts - first you register to attend the college and then the class. (Seniors get a huge discount by auditing the class). 






Learn how this;


was transformed into this;

 After; Photo courtesy of homeowner

in a recent blog post.


Email me if I can help you with your landscape renovation or design.



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book Voted one of the 'BEST GARDENING BOOKS OF 2013' 


That's right - FINE FOLIAGE is included in this prestigious list on Amazon!

Now isn't that another reason to treat yourself or a friend?

This is the time of year for gift giving and at less than $17 for a full color, hardback book FINE FOLIAGE is outstanding value. 

Would you like a signed copy? I can do that for you. In fact I can ship THREE copies for the price of ONE to make your Holiday list shrink at the click of a mouse. That takes care of the hostess gift for your friend, your garden loving Mom and your gardening -challenged neighbor.

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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It's easy to create interesting and colorful plant combinations in spring, summer and fall but what about winter? Where do you start? This is one of my favorite winter scenes.


Think BOLD & GOLD. Bright yellow or golden tones add a touch of sunshine to the gloomiest winter day. Read about some of my favorite golden conifers .



Then look for an accent in red - it could be berries, foliage or stems.


Here you can see the rich burgundy leaves of a sweetgum (Liquidambar) next to the fluffy golden Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica 'Sekkan-sugi').


The sweet gum holds its fall color for several months.





Many winter shrubs have red berries, hollies being a favorite. in this border I have three large Parney's cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus)  each one laden with scarlet clusters. The photo above shows how the golden conifer foliage throws a spotlight onto the berries.
 A vine maple in the background is starting to lose its leaves but look how striking the younger stems are. Their red tones play into the display beautifully.
Even the variegated maiden grass (Miscanthus) plays a role with the white variegation adding sparkle and the pale pink plumes echoing the berry color. The grass will turn tan as the winter progresses but will still add structure for many months.
Having put together your combination, build on it by repeating some plants and colors. This is how a section of it looks in our garden;
What is outside your window?


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Happy Holidays!


Karen Chapman CPH
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