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January 2014

Cinnamon Snow hellebore;
photo credit Skagit Gardens
 
Time to put away the Christmas decorations and think SPRING! 
 
One thing gardeners are good at is seasonal denial. So what if the night temperatures are below freezing? We know warmer days will eventually return so come January 1st I'm already jotting down notes on what I'd like to try in the garden this year.
 
Nothing helps that 'garden dreaming 'quite so much as the flower and garden shows which provide educational seminars, inspirational show gardens and of course vendors who tempt us with the latest and greatest. 
 
This winter and early spring I'll be at three garden shows (as well as a trade show) so be sure to look at the events below and join me whenever and wherever you can.  
 
May 2014 be 
The Year Your Garden Dreams are Realized.
 
Don't know where to start? I offer both landscape consultation and design services; no more excuses!

 NW FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW; FEB 5-9th 2014

 

 

Be inspired, learn new things and treat yourself to a few 'must have' plants; this is surely the gardening highlight of the year and now recognized as one of the top shows in the COUNTRY. 

 

This year I'll be presenting two talks (Thursday and Friday) followed by book signings as well as helping my co-author Christina Salwitz sign books after her two talks on Saturday and Sunday.

 

On the first day of the show (Wednesday) I'm being interviewed on camera for a future Fine Gardening webinar.... you now know as much about that as I do!

 

Come and say hello. I'll either be on the stage or in the wine garden....

 

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 LE JARDINET HEADS TO EPCOT APRIL 29-MAY 1st !

 

 I have been invited to present a series of talks at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival this spring and am positively bouncing up and down with excitement! 

 

Such an honor to have been selected and of course the opportunity to see Mickey Mouse who lives right next door is just too good to pass up.

 

If you live in the Florida area and plan to visit the show do stop by and say hello. Also if you are familiar with the area I'd love to hear your recommendations for gardens and attractions to visit while we are there (besides the parks).

 

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CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW - AND MORE!

 

 

I'm probably going to need fur-lined boots and a ski jacket for my trip to Chicago March 20th-22nd but I'm excited to visit new places and delighted to be able to share my passion for FINE FOLIAGE with several audiences. 

 

I'll be speaking at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show on the 20th and 21st, then heading to a lovely nursery - The Growing Place on the morning of the 22nd before presenting a workshop at the Morton Arboretum that same afternoon.

 

If you live in the area I'd love to meet you. See the events page on my website for all the details.

 

 

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A SURE CURE FOR THE WINTER BLUES

 

Magical Merlin
Photo credit; Skagit gardens

 

Ready for some color in the garden? Look to the new Gold Collection┬«┬  hellebores from Skagit Gardens for many months of blooms in shades of white, cream, pink and burgundy. These bloom longer than older varieties and hold their heads up high. There are several to choose from  and I've now grown them all!

 

Merlin; dark stems and foliage are the foil for flowers that start out pink and turn dusky burgundy

 

Monte Cristo; is the latest hybrid to be released and is a much softer coloring in creamy white fading to apple green

 

Pink Frost; the one I first fell in love with! At any one time there are flowers in white, pink and burgundy

 

Cinnamon Snow; a slightly smaller plant with cream flowers backed in cinnamon tones.

 

Try them in winter containers or shady borders but be sure to place them where you can enjoy them on a winters day.

 

Read my article on the collection here.

 

 

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 LET'S TALK LEAVES...

 

FINE fOLIAGE
Interested in booking a seminar or presentation for your area, event 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 FIVE STAR rating on Amazon and that it is so popular that it has gone into a second printing? It has also been listed by Amazon as one of the BEST GARDENING BOOKS OF 2013. 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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SUNSET MAGAZINE & FINE FOLIAGE TEAM UP.

 

Shain  


Christina and I are thrilled that the blog for Sunset magazine (Westphoria) loves our book so much that they have asked us to write a monthly feature for them. They typically post on the 5th of each month - each one unique but in a similar format to our book. 

Follow their blog and/or enjoy these links to our leafy ideas.

 

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TO FEED YOUR FOLIAGE FANCIES

 

Just for all you leaf lovers - welcome to FINE FOLIAGE - THE BLOG! 

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Wishing you a Happy New Year!

 

Karen Chapman CPH
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