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November 2014


Watch out for details of my Holiday Container Workshops on Saturday December 6th that will be sent out in the next week or so. There will be two workshops to choose from; morning or afternoon. Places fill FAST so check your calendar and invite friends NOW so you are able to sign up as soon as registration opens.

Log fire burning, Holiday music playing softly in the background, traditional English fare to snack on plus of course the fun of making your own unique (indoor) table top container that will make a perfect gift for yourself or a friend.


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A magical evening benefiting the Northwest Perennial Alliance and Bellevue Botanical Gardens.
  • After hours shopping
  • Raffle prizes
  • Save 10% off your purchase
  • Tasty treats to sample
  • Special guests
  • AND.....
BOOK SIGNINGS by your favorite NW orders including Christina and myself, Jessi Bloom, Janit Calvo and Willi Galloway!

But wait - there's MORE!

Stop and say hello to my amazingly talented husband Andy as he launches Creating beautiful hand turned ornaments, gifts and tools from salvaged and reclaimed materials he will be showing you how it's done and signing his pieces. Molbak's carries his Holiday Collectables as well as a range of his beautiful vases which sell so fast we don't even have them on his website!


Details and tickets ($20) 


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Bainbridge Island Garden Club

Monday November 10th (11.30-12.30pm)
Container Celebration - go from Holidays to everyday with artistically designed containers (Demonstration)
Members and guests only

Mill Creek Garden Club
Tuesday November 11th (11.00am - noon)
Container Celebration - go from Holidays to everyday with artistically designed containers (Demonstration)
Members and guests only

Molbak's Garden & Home
Saturday November 15th (7-9pm)
Deck the Halls 
Cottage Gardeners Garden Club
Wednesday November 19th (7.00-8.00pm)

Foliage First! Learn 3 easy steps to transform your gardens from frumpy to fabulous. (PowerPoint)

Members and guests only. 



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As I mentioned in my last newsletter 
Christina and I are busy writing our next book FOLIAGE FIRST for Timber Press and this one will cover all four seasons. That means we are looking for gardens to photograph especially during this fall and winter. 

They can be large or small,  big wide landscape shots or just a group of plants as long as you enjoy them and believe others would too.

Since we are doing all the photography  Greater Seattle is of course the easiest but we would also be happy to travel if we could organize a number of photo shoots within the same area.

So put your thinking caps on and email me if you have any ideas.

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I have stepped down from writing for Houzz on a regular basis since I'm rather busy with the book! However I still have a few articles being published that I think you'd enjoy






Fine Foliage received the 2014 GOLD award by the Garden Writer's Association for overall best product, winning over all other books, magazines, flyers, brochures, catalogs and calendars printed last year!

Remember you can buy signed copies from my website. Great gift!




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

Well you obviously like a challenge and the opportunity to win something because the favorite October post was written by Christina;

Click on the title to enjoy it again and see what got everyone so excited.

Keep up with the fun;




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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 





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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Happy Thanksgiving


Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
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Arkansas blue star (Amsonia hubrechtii) has sensational foliage in spring and summer but it is in fall that it really shines. Green gives way to gold, orange and finally burgundy. Every day it seems to get better and better.

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