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July 2014
TV interviews will seem easy after this!

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

I've got a fun month ahead of me as I am being filmed for a 7 part online garden design course;



Foliage, Focal Points & Vignettes


It's a little nerve wracking  to try and get the garden in top shape plus prepare seven presentations but I always did love a challenge! 


We will be filming July 14-18th using our little cabin as a studio but shooting footage in three spectacular gardens as well as my own. I can promise you it will be inspirational and informative - hopefully in equal measure with a good bit of 'Karen style' thrown in I'm sure.


The online class will go live early September - stay tuned for details!



Meet the Artist - Become the Artist, Duvall, WA

Saturday August  2nd (10am-1.00pm)


How often have you purchased a piece of garden art because you love it but then spend an hour walking around the garden wondering where to put it? This unique event is designed to help you showcase the art while enhancing the garden as I offer an inspirational presentation and demonstration in our peaceful 5 acre garden. 

Unique rock cairn by Luke DeLatour

 We will be featuring the work of Seattle glass artist Jesse Kelly and local sculptor Luke DeLatour, giving you the opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions, learn about the work, purchase items and request custom pieces.

Custom glass sculpture by Jesse Kelly




Additionally my husband Andy will have the barn open so you can see how he handcrafts our beautiful tools on a lathe.


There will be refreshments and some great giveaways too so plan to spend the morning with us.


Registration is $30 per CAR so load up and bring lots of friends!


For more details and to register click HERE

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Duvall, WA

Saturday August  9th (9.00am-4:00pm)



Internationally acclaimed photographer David Perry and I are co-hosting an all day workshop in my garden. David will be teaching you how to capture the mood your imagination sees, master the plant portrait, frame the big scene and more.


Meanwhile I will give you designer tips on creating a photo worthy garden and explore using foliage to frame focal points, add depth to vignettes and span the seasons.


A delicious lunch and snacks will be provided and you'll go home with a custom print of my garden signed by both David and myself as well as a wealth of knowledge and confidence.


Space is limited to 16. 

Click here for more details and to register.

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Zagreb tickseed - sunshine daisies
 Lots of great ideas and photos on this website for your home and garden.

Enjoy my latest articles - something for everyone!

GREAT DESIGN PLANT; Coreopsis Tickseed

(In case you're wondering the copy editor tends to 'adjust' my titles....)






That's right - not only did FINE FOLIAGE make it to Amazon's Best Gardening Books of 2013 list, it has also just received the SILVER award of achievement from the Garden Writer's Association.
 This award recognizes overall excellence in layout, photography, writing and publishing. 

Thank you to all of those who allowed us to share their gardens and have cheered us on along the way.

Remember you can buy signed copies from my website.




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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

I'm also happy to design custom workshops for your group 





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

It was a close for favorite but the winner was

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Join us in the garden............



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You are all obviously dog lovers as well as garden lovers as your favorite post last month was


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May your gardens bloom - but be filled with great foliage too!


Karen Chapman CPH
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