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with Karen Chapman
Online Class

Gorgeous Garden Design: Foliage & Focal Points

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 1h55m

Included in this Class

1. Getting Started

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

2. The Design Process

Consider different vantage points as you plan your space and consider focal points. Karen shares expert tips on how to look at your garden, how many vantage points to consider, and more. You'll learn how to place key features in your garden that have year-round appeal and command attention while also creating a sense of harmony. Karen also shows you how to create "garden moments," encouraging visitors to experience your garden instead of simply observing it.

3. Designing With Foliage

3. Designing With Foliage

Foliage is a fascinating and versatile medium, and Karen demonstrates a variety of ways that you can mix and match texture, color and shape to create nearly infinite design combinations. Design and plant gorgeous containers as you employ the concepts of spotlight, highlight and limelight to create beautiful arrangements. You'll love applying Karen's tips to everything from sprawling gardens to petite containers, and everything in between!

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