Foliage & Focal Points: Ideas for Budgets and Gardens of All Sizes, Ecological Landscape Alliance Free Webinar March 30, 12- 3:30 pm
We all have sections of our garden that we are less than satisfied with, yet understanding what has gone wrong can be frustrating. Instinct sends us shopping for more plants and we typically gravitate towards whatever is blooming that day in the hope that the injection of fresh color will solve the problem. Yet as we add in these new treasures, the sense of dissatisfaction quickly grows, especially when the flowers finish blooming and we are left with a muddled sea of nondescript leaves.
In this presentation, Karen Chapman will explain the importance of establishing focal points, a key component of good garden design, and analyze three areas where they play an important role. This presentation will explore the use of containers, structures, water features, and artistic sculptural elements as focal points and discuss how to frame and enhance these with interesting foliage to create a memorable vignette.
With ideas for budgets and gardens of all sizes, you will quickly gain the confidence and knowledge to transform your own landscape into a cohesive series of eye-catching scenes.
Karen Chapman was born in England and grew up with a trowel in her hand.
After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 she joined one of the leading nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Ten years later she established Le jardinet, a custom landscape design company specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four-season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces, and deer-resistant designs.
Karen teaches both container and landscape design in workshops and seminars across the country as well offering a range of online learning opportunities.
When she’s not teaching garden design Karen is usually writing about it, her articles and designs being featured in many national gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design magazines. She has co-authored two books: the award-winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and the highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017) while her latest book, Deer Resistant Design: Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer was released in 2019 (Timber Press) much to the relief of deer-challenged gardeners nationwide.