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April 2014

Gardens evolve as they grow and so has Le jardinet. What began as a custom container design business has now expanded to include landscape design and workshops. 

Somewhat unexpectedly I have also moved into the world of garden writing and find myself a regular contributor to the Sunset Magazine blog, Houzz and Fine Gardening magazine as well as my own blog and the blog that supports our book Fine Foliage. Just this week I have also been invited to write and produce a feature for a Better Homes and Gardens magazine title.

As my book FINE FOLIAGE has become so well received I have found that my speaking engagements are taking me from British Columbia to Florida together with other unexpected opportunities including developing and hosting a video/online garden design course. 
The time therefore seems right to focus on all of the above and step away from seasonal container garden design.  

I know you still want your containers to look fabulous so here are a few ideas for you;

  1. Angela has worked with me for 5 or 6 years now. If you would like her to continue planting for you please  contact her directly 
  2. My Personal Container Coach service is a lot of fun -  and saves you money
  3. Join me for one of my Spring Container Workshop
  4. Finally I am happy provide names of a couple of other container garden designers who are personally known to me and work in the Seattle area.
 Thank you all for your encouragement and support as I navigate these new challenges.





We have got SO many fun events planned for you in our garden this spring-fall. Registration will open May 1st.


Spring Container Workshops 
Saturdays May 24th and 31st 9.30am -noon

Spring Container Bootcamp
(for nursery professionals only) 
Friday May 23rd 1-4pm



Be an Artist - Meet the Artist
Saturday August 2nd. Time TBD
Displays, presentations, demonstrations, door prizes. Local artists inc. glass artist Jesse Kelly  and woodwork craftsman Andy Chapman


Photography & Design Workshop  with David Perry 

Saturday August 9th. Time TBD



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


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


Details of all these will follow shortly via  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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Jack Frost bugloss
  1. Spread 1-2" compost or other organic mulch over the borders
  2. Weed, weed, weed....that shotweed (bittercress in the UK) is on a mission to take over the world
  3. Bait for slugs and snails (and rabbits and deer and voles...)
  4. Get your  early veggies going if you haven't already. Chit the potatoes on a windowsill (I use an old egg carton to hold them).
  5. Start your sweet peas in DEEP pots; these need strong root systems
  6. Stock up on Moo Poo tea - use it to pre-soak seeds, and water the seedlings
  7. Feed your roses with alfalfa tea or your favorite organic fertilizer.
  8. Remove old leaves from rose bushes as well as those on the soil surface as they may harbor fungal spores
  9. SHOP! Time to add new trees, shrubs and perennials while the rain can still be relied upon for watering
  10. Containers - add a splash of color to tide them over until the real spring/summer planting season. Try Goldheart bleeding heart and Jack Frost bugloss for great foliage AND flowers. Keep them in the pots or transplant to the garden as these are perennials
  11. Grab your camera - and walk slowly to enjoy and appreciate each new bud.





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.




Flotsam Jetsam Garden Club, Hansville, WA

Wednesday April 9th (10.45-11.45am)


Foliage Firstthree easy steps to fabulous gardens and containers. Members only


Snohomish County Master Gardener Winter Speaker Series, Mukilteo, WA

Friday April 11th (9.30-11.30am)


Foliage First: three easy steps to fabulous gardens and containers. Details and registration

  The Plant Farm, Marysville, WA

Saturday April 26th (11.00am - noon)

Foliage First: - a demonstration style presentation as I show you three easy steps to great design every time. Book signing to follow. Details

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Florida

Tuesday April 29th - Thursday May 1st (two talks each day)


Foliage First: Learn 3 easy steps to transform your gardens from frumpy to fabulous


Sassy or Classy: Design container gardens to suit your style


Event details 


Book signings after all talks


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Lots of great ideas and photos on this website for your home and garden.

Enjoy my latest articles - something for everyone!

GREAT DESIGN PLANT;  Bugle weed - a quick groundcover





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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Karen Chapman CPH
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