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March 2014

Lots to tell you about this month so dive straight in to see all the fun events we have planned, unique gifts we have available and a special feature on Spring Fashion in the garden.




We have got SO many fun events planned for you in our garden this spring-fall. We're still firming up all the dates but here are some things to look forward to


Spring Container Workshops (2) - May 24th and 31st 



Meet the Artists (displays and presentations) inc. glass artist Jesse Kelly - early August



Photography & Design Workshop (all day) with David Perry - mid August



Fall Container Workshops (2) - September 20th and 27th



We will also have Container Boot Camps for nursery professionals.


And for something completely different Andy will be offering one-on-one woodturning classes.


Details of all these will follow shortly via these newsletters - be sure to invite your friends and family to receive these too. By the time the events get posted to Facebook they are almost full.



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Epimedium x Amber Queen


Whether you know them as bishop's hat or barrenwort, these plants (botanical name Epimedium) are a great groundcover for dry shade. Although evergreen the new spring foliage is always  extra-colorful and the delicate flowers suggest many fun combinations.


I loved these examples from the garden of my friend and designer Mitch Evans.


Epimedium x Amber Queen has much taller flower spikes than most with rich orange and gold flowers that look great paired with golden foliage such as this Tom Thumb spruce (Picea orientalis 'Tom Thumb') shown below.



Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee' suggests a different color scheme with delicate lavender spring flowers shown below with Gerald Derby iris.  

Shades of lavender from Lilafee
 Epimedium x perralchicum 'Frohnleiten' - a ray of spring sunshine in the shade garden. 
 Looks wonderful with dusky purple hellebores and a dwarf pine.


 There are SO many species and hybrids to choose from - time to shop!






While I am the garden designer behind Le Jardinet, my husband Andy is the craftsman. He has been wood turning for many years but has only recently started offering pieces for sale in our online store. Each piece is made from local materials right here in our barn in Duvall, WA.


Heirloom Bouquets


True collectors pieces, these hand turned and carved vases of tulips will be cherished for generations. Each one is unique and and would make a perfect gift for you or a friend.

Click on the photo above for more details.

Garden Tools

Garden dibbers and row markers for the gardening enthusiast. Click on the photo above for details. From just $10.




I'll be donning snow boots and a ski jacket this month as I head to chilly Chicago! If you live in the area do join me at one of more of these fun events. I've something for everyone.


Chicago Flower and Garden Show;
March 20th-21st 

Focus on Foliage - 3 steps from frumpy to fabulous

Sassy or Classy - designing containers to suit your style


The Growing Place, Aurora;
March 22nd 10-11am.

Luscious Leaves - creative ideas for exciting vignettes in the landscape and containers


Morton Arboretum, Lisle; March 22nd 2-4.30. 

 Edible Gardening Workshop


Full details of ALL talks here


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There are very few magazines that I subscribe to and only one that I have subscribed to for over 15 years; Fine Gardening. It has something for everyone from new gardeners to professionals. I am therefore always honored to be asked to write for them and this months issue has my latest article;
Big Blooms that Don't Flop
(Be glad that they changed the title from Big Bloomers...).



Look for it on the bookshelves now or order yours from Taunton Press.





Yet another new adventure - I have been asked to create and teach an interactive online garden design course
that will be available later this summer.


The title will be Big, Bold and Beautiful and will feature 7 video lessons mostly filmed in our garden. I will teach you how to get the designer look no matter how large or small your space or the design style you prefer. Watch for more details!




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.

Want to know more about the talks I offer? For those within driving distance of Seattle here are some suggestions. For those further afield I still offer a  great selection(but can't manhandle heavy pots and plants onto planes!) Of course I am always happy to tailor it to your audience. Contact me for fee details

Did you know that FINE FOLIAGE has been listed by Amazon as one of the BEST GARDENING BOOKS OF 2013. 

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

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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.


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Get out into the garden this month and Think Spring!


Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
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