Karen Chapman – Owner, Le Jardinet and award-winning co-author, Fine Foliage and Foliage First
Born in England, Karen grew up with a trowel in her hand. After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996, she joined a leading nursery as a garden plant specialist before establishing Le Jardinet in 2006. While initially specializing in custom container gardens, Karen now applies that same attention to detail by designing functional and artistic landscapes. Her designs have been featured in many prestigious publications, including Fine Gardening, Sunset and Better Homes & Gardens. She is co-author of two popular books on foliage: Gardening with Foliage First and Fine Foliage, and her latest book, Deer-Resistant Design, was released in 2019. When not designing gardens or writing about them, Karen is usually teaching landscape and container design in workshops around the country, as well as through a number of online courses. Whether on the stage or the page, Karen’s aim is always to inspire, educate and share the fun of gardening with her audience.