Karen Chapman

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Greater Seattle Area, Washington 98019

If you love plants, have a good sense of humor and enjoy meeting fellow gardening enthusiasts we are meant to meet!

Gardening should be FUN and that's what I'm all about; learn while you laugh, and never take yourself (or your garden) too seriously

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Born in England, I grew up with a trowel in my hand.

After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 I joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was always a delight. Ten years later I established Le jardinet in order to provide a service that takes all the time, stress and guesswork out of the design process for you.

In the recent past I have taught container gardening  at Edmonds Community College, and continue to teach both container and landscape design in occasional workshops and events as well offering a range of online learning opportunities through Craftsy and Garden Gate Magazine.

With excellent reviews on the Great Garden Speakers website, I frequently give presentations at flower & garden shows, trade conferences, horticultural organizations, nurseries and garden clubs.

When I’m not teaching garden design or talking about it I am usually writing about it, and my articles and design have been featured in many national gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design. I have co-authored two books with Christina Salwitz, award winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), while my latest book Deer-Resistant Design (Timber Press, 2019) is receiving excellent reviews.

Specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant, summer-dry designs, it would give me great pleasure to share my love of gardening with you.




I regularly present live and virtual seminars  to trade organizations, international Flower & Garden Shows, Master Gardener conferences, Horticultural Societies, private groups, garden clubs and nurseries.

Signed copies of all my books: DEER-RESISTANT DESIGN (Timber Press, 2019) GARDENING WITH FOLIAGE FIRST (Timber Press, 2017) and FINE FOLIAGE(St. Lynn's Press, 2013), can be made available after talks.

Please request my latest speakers one sheet with suggested topic titles, but I am also happy to work with your event planner to tailor a program to suit your needs and audience.



I also offer container design workshops for small groups of home gardeners and nursery professionals in my garden occasionally as my schedule permits.  Please enquire for details.


For the Horticulture and Nursery Professional

I am available for on site consultations to help you grow your business through container gardening either through a series of seminars or workshops.






Throughout USA and Canada.

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You’ll learn even more than you expect

Lorraine Edmond from WA - 03/03/2021 19:18:28

Karen spoke to our garden club in the midst of our February blizzard. Fortunately, we were planning a webinar, anyway, because... you know (2021). Karen had worked with us in advance to get set up, answered numerous technical questions and and joined us for a practice session the week prior. Her presentation went off without a hitch (as far as viewers knew), and our members have been giving it rave reviews ever since. Karen is that perfect combination of knowledgeable, professional, and approachable, and we all learned something useful that day. What many members didn’t know was that power on half the island went off briefly, the 3 other co-hosts were bumped off and had to re-boot their routers and sign back on. Karen was able to carry on without a hitch, giving us many useful ideas and renewed optimism for the coexistence of our gardens and our island deer. (Her books are great, too— I recommend them all.)

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Lopez Island Garden Club

Dixie A Budke from Lopez Island - 02/19/2021 06:14:18

Karen delighted San Juan County, Washington garden club members on a snow bound, on and off power outage morning. Relevant, timely and charmingly presented information about DEER RESISTENT DEGIGN.

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mix it up Jan 2021 conference

judith chrysler from Courtenay - 02/02/2021 17:51:23

This speaker previously unknown to me, was fabulous. She was a last minute emergency replacement at the 2021 mix it up conference by Zoom. Over 300 delegates viewed the conference from far away as France. Karen was by far the most engaging, lively and funny speaker that I have viewed on the Zoom platform. I felt a personal connection to her as her virtual persona was very welcoming and attractive. She is the best and oh, did I say...she is an expert at planter designs. I learned many valuable ideas and tips.

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