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Gorgeous Garden Design: Foliage & Focal Points

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Create a refined garden oasis with strategically placed focal points and an array of fabulous foliage you’ll enjoy year-round!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Karen Chapman

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Elevate your garden with smart design choices and professional techniques from garden designer, instructor and author Karen Chapman. Begin by learning how to edit and simplify your space by adding focal points and surrounding them with gorgeous foliage. Then, discover methods for designing with foliage, use “the three keys” — spotlight, highlight and limelight —and plant a beautiful foliage-only container — no flowers allowed! Moving on, you'’ll learn how to confidently design using focal points. Start with colorful containers and add personality with artwork, sculptures and water features. You'’ll even see how to incorporate larger structures such as pergolas and archways. As you select and add focal points to your garden, you'’ll learn how to create stunning, cohesive surrounding scenes using primarily foliage for a garden composition that wows!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
Meet your instructor, author and renowned garden designer Karen Chapman. You'll start the class with an overview of focal points and vignettes and the purpose they serve in garden design. Next, you'll learn how to train your eye to assess your garden for problem areas and potential solutions.
2. The Design Process
3. Designing With Foliage
4. Containers as Focal Points
5. Water Features & Art as Focal Points
6. Structures as Focal Points
7. The Big Picture

Recommended with this class

  • Slow-release fertilizer

Taught by

Karen  Chapman
Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman is a professional garden designer, instructor and author. Originally from England, she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 to work for one of Seattle’s top nurseries before establishing her own garden design business, Le Jardinet. Today, she teaches garden design at Edmonds Community College, is co-author of the Garden Writer’s Association Gold Award-winning book Fine Foliage, and serves as a regular contributor to publications and online communities such as Fine Gardening magazine and Houzz.

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