I love to share my passion for gardening with others and offer  presentations to garden clubs, nurseries, horticultural societies, trade organizations and garden shows across the country. I also host a limited number of workshops and events in my own garden during the year.

Karen Chapman container gardening instructor

Click HERE to learn about my Craftsy garden design course GORGEOUS GARDEN DESIGN – FOLIAGE & FOCAL POINTS. Available to you 24/7 right in your own home!

How to Book a Seminar or Workshop

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in a presentation for your garden club or association.

Read reviews from my previous seminars!



IMG_1704Northwest Horticultural Society, Seattle, WA

Wednesday January 8th (7.15-8.15pm)

Dynamic Duo – The Foliage Edition!

Join Christina Salwitz and I as we share some of our favorite foliage treasures. Big or small, bold or strong, see what foliage combinations two VERY distinct personalities dream up! Members and guests only. Book signing to follow.


home_image1Idaho Horticultural Expo. Boise, ID

Wednesday January 22nd (2.10 – 3.00p.m.)

                                                  Got Containers? Get Customers!



IMG_2908Bogachiel Garden Club, Forks, WA

Saturday January 25th (1.30-2.30pm)

Foliage First!

Learn three easy steps to revamp your containers and gardens using a framework of exciting foliage combinations. Book signing to follow. Open to the public – contact


Logo - Pink FlowerNorthwest Flower & Garden Show

Thursday February 6th (10.45-11.30am)

Sassy or Classy? Container gardens to suit your style.

PowerPoint and book signing. Details.


Logo - Pink FlowerNorthwest Flower & Garden Show

Friday February 7th (4.30-5.30pm)

Foliage Fusion

Container gardens for year round interest. Demonstration style presentation. Details


Gorgeous ruffled peony type flowers of the tulip Foxtrot. Photo credit; Brent and Becky's Bulbs

Issaquah Garden Club, Issaquah, WA

February 12th (11-noon)

Fabulous in February and Beyond

Join me for a demonstration style presentation and see how I create container gardens that will keep their good looks. Book signing to follow. Members and guests



cfs Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Chicago, IL

Thursday 20th March 2014 (12.30-1.30pm) 

Foliage First: Three Easy Steps to Transform Your Gardens and Containers from Frumpy to Fabulous

PowerPoint and book signing. Details


cfsChicago Flower & Garden Show, Chicago, IL

Friday 21st Match 2014 (11 am -noon)

Sassy or Classy? Designing Containers to Suit Your Style

PowerPoint and book signing. Details


logoThe Growing Place, Aurora, IL

Saturday 22nd March 2014 (10-11am)

Luscious Leaves - - ideas for creating exciting vignettes for the container and garden using fabulous foliage.

PowerPoint and book signing. Details


IMG_7558The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL

Saturday 22nd March 2014 (2-4.30pm)

Edible Gardening Workshop – Food and Foliage: Creative Design Ideas

Learn how to design artistic plant combinations by focusing on foliage, then expanding those principles to include your favorite vegetables, fruit and herbs.

PowerPoint, discussion and book signing. Details


IMG_9354Flotsam Jetsam Garden Club, Hansville, WA

Wednesday April 9th (10.45-11.45am)

Foliage First!

Learn three easy steps that will help you turn your gardens from frumpy to fabulous! PowerPoint followed by book signing. Members only


IMG_3344Snohomish County Master Gardener Winter Speaker Series, Mukilteo, WA

Friday April 11th (9.30-11.30am)

Foliage First: three easy steps to fabulous gardens and containers.

Join me for an inspirational PowerPoint followed by a container planting demonstration where I will put my tips into practice. Details and registration


IMG_1414The Plant Farm, Marysville, WA

Saturday April 26th (11.00am – noon)

Foliage First: - a demonstration style presentation as I show you three easy steps to great design every time. Book signing to follow. Details



epcot-international-flower-and-garden-festival-2013-02Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Florida

Tuesday April 29th – Thursday May 1st (two talks each day)

Foliage First: Learn 3 easy steps to transform your gardens from frumpy to fabulous

                                                   Sassy or Classy: Design container gardens to suit your style

Book signing after each of the six talks. Event details

FB8A4821Molbak’s Garden and Home, Woodinville, WA

Saturday May 17th (10.00 – 11.00am)

Design for Drama – containers with flair.

Exciting and creative container ideas for pots, baskets, troughs and more to dress up your patio or entry.

PowerPoint and book signing. Directions


Image 8Spring Container Bootcamp for Nursery Professionals, Duvall WA

Friday May 23rd (1.00p-4.00pm)

Enjoy an afternoon of networking, inspiration and education (earn 2 CPH credits). Tour our 5 acre garden and see how I approach plant-driven design on a larger scale then watch a PowerPoint to see dozens of ideas where I put that into practice in pots. Finally you’ll experiment with creating different plant combinations to suit a variety of style and color criteria. Fee; $50 inc. light refreshments, handout and FUN! Pre-registration required. Limit 10 guests.



IMG_0240Spring Container Workshops, Duvall WA

Saturday May 24th, Thursday May 29th and Saturday May 31st  (9.30am – noon)

Enjoy a leisurely morning in our peaceful 5 acre garden. Watch a planting demonstration then design your own spring/summer container. Plants and containers available for purchase or bring your own. Fee; $40 inc. light refreshments, potting soil, fertilizer, handouts, design assistance and FUN! Pre-registration required Limit 8 guests/workshop



Sizzle factor!

Trilogy for Kids Fundraiser, Redmond, WA

Saturday June 7th (1.00pm-2.00pm)

Party Pots – add sizzle to your summer with party-ready container gardens

Container planting demonstration, raffle and more. Buy a copy of Fine Foliage and $1 per copy will be donated to the charity!

Private event – not open to the public

IMG_0700Filming of Bold Garden Design. WA

Monday July 14th – Friday July 18th

I have been asked to design and teach a class on Bold Garden Design; Foliage, Focal Points & Vignettes. We will be filming in my garden and 3 other locations with the online class going live in September 2014!



IMG_0221Meet the Artist – Become an Artist, Duvall WA

Saturday August 2nd (9.30am – noon)

How often do you buy a beautiful piece of garden art and have no idea where to put it? We can help!

Join us in our peaceful 5 acre garden for this unique event which features the work of Seattle glass artist Jesse Kelly and rock sculptor Luke DeLatour.  They will both will tell you a little about their work then I will be giving a short presentation on designing with art both in the landscape and containers. Learn the principles behind creating artistic vignettes and gain confidence as you explore new ideas. Enjoy the displays, purchase items to take home and order custom installations or just enjoy taking photographs and strolling the property.

While you’re here take a moment to stop by the barn where Andy will be making our beautiful garden dibbers and row markers throughout the morning. These items will also be available for sale.

Parking is limited to 30 cars so gather up your friends! Fee; $30/vehicle. Register HERE . Please note that while we love children this is an adult only event due to safety concerns – thank you for your understanding.

DavidPerry1-filteredGarden Design & Photography Workshop with Karen Chapman & David Perry, Duvall WA – POSTPONED

Saturday August 9th (9.30am-4pm)

Enroll  for this exciting design and photo extravaganza quickly as it will sell out FAST. An all day double workshop that you won’t want to miss. Click on the title for full details and registration information. Limit 16



IMG_0608Tour of Wholesale Growers, British Columbia, CANADA

August 14-15th

Container garden design,  strategic planning, consultation and workshops.

Staff and invited employees only


IMG_7558Fall Container Gardening Workshops, Duvall, WA

Saturday September 27th. (9.30am – noon & 2.00-4.30pm)

Be inspired, make new friends and have fun while planting up a designer container for fall.

Details and registration


IMG_0576Lilies of the Valley Garden Club (NPA Neighborhood Group)  Carnation, WA

Wednesday October 8th (10.00-11.00am)

Foliage First!Learn three easy steps to transform your gardens and containers from frumpy to fabulous

Members and guests


IMG_0200The Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County

Thursday October 9th (6.45-7.45pm)

Sassy or Classy – container gardens to suit your style

Registrants only


IMG_5841The Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County

Friday October 10th (9.00 -11.00am)

Foliage First – learn three easy steps to transform your containers and landscapes from frumpy to fabulous and then use that strategy to create stunning focal points and vignettes



IMG_0050Bainbridge Island Garden Club

Monday November 10th (11.30-12.30pm)

Container Celebration - go from Holidays to everyday with artistically designed containers

Members and guests


IMG_2010Mill Creek Garden Club

Tuesday November 11th (11.00-noon)

Container Celebration - go from Holidays to everyday with artistically designed containers.

Members only



IMG_0482Cottage Gardeners Garden Club, Woodinville WA

Wednesday November 19th (7.00-8.00pm)

Foliage First! Learn 3 easy steps to transform your gardens from frumpy to fabulous

By invitation only



logoEdmonds Community College, WA

January – March 2015

Container Gardening

An 11 week course for horticulture students and professionals wishing to improve their design skills. Also suitable for keen gardeners looking to gain an in-depth understanding of container design. More details soon.


IMG_0647Trilogy Garden Club, Redmond, WA

Wednesday February 4th (7.00-8.00pm)

Container CPR – Reviving your Winter Containers. Demonstration.

Members and guests


IMG_1189Everett Garden Club, Everett, WA

Wednesday March 11th, 2015 (11.15am-12.15pm)

Contained Spring Fever – foliage, flowers and fragrance in container gardens. Demonstration and book signing.

Members only


IMG_0755Woodinville Garden Club, WA

Wednesday April 1st (6.30pm – 7.30pm)

Foliage First – Learn 3 easy steps to transform your containers and gardens from frumpy to fabulous! PowerPoint & book signing

Members and guests


IMG_5596Cottage Gardeners Garden Club, Woodinville, WA

Wednesday April 15th (7.30-8.30pm)

Succulent Chic. PowerPoint/planting demonstration combined

Members and guests


IMG_0680South Surrey garden Club, British Columbia, CANADA

Wednesday April 22nd , 2015 (7-8pm)

Spotlight on Foliage – showstopping ideas for containers and borders

Members and guests only


Endolyne Garden Club, Seattle, WA

Wednesday November 18th, 2015 (7-8pm)

Foliage First -  Learn 3 easy steps to transform your containers and gardens from frumpy to fabulous! PowerPoint & book signing