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MONTHLY MEETING: May Meeting - Foliage First

On Monday, May 8, 2017 we welcome Karen Chapman, award winning author, landscape designer, and owner of Le Jardinet.

Does your garden look exciting even when nothing is in bloom? Or does it just become a muddled sea of grey-green leaves? Karen will offer inspirational ideas on how to breathe new life into your landscape and containers, and establish a garden design and framework, by using interesting foliage and incorporating layers of additional elements such as bark, garden art, flowers, and more. She’ll also be celebrating the release of her latest book, Gardening with Foliage First.

Karen was born in England and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996, where she joined Molbak’s Garden & Home as a garden plant specialist before establishing her award-winning design business, Le Jardinet, in 2006. Karen initially specialized in custom container gardens and now applies that same attention to detail when designing functional and artistic landscapes. Her container garden designs and articles have been featured in many publications, including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, and Garden Design. She is co-author with Christina Salwitz of both Gardening with Foliage First and the award-winning book Fine Foliage. Karen also writes inspirational design articles on two blogs and has appeared on local television and radio stations. She taught container gardening at Edmonds Community College and she teaches two online garden design courses for Craftsy.

Copies of Karen’s book will be available for purchase at the meeting. Visit to learn more about Karen and her business.

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