The Big Reveal – Fine Foliage

Think of your screen as the catwalk and prepare to be wowed as I reveal………………..FINE FOLIAGE!


This stunning number can be enjoyed year round and offers ensembles from  that ‘little black dress’ to the all-out party wear. It doesn’t matter what size you need. We cover everything from the itsy-bitsy two piece to expansive creations perfect for the plus-sized garden.

New to hort-couture? No worries, we explain how to put pieces together and accessorize with style. Looking for ways to freshen up existing combinations? With over 60 full-color, full-page ideas to enjoy we know you’ll find plenty. Consider yourself a foliage-fashionista? Great! So do we and we can’t wait to share this collection with you – it will spark your imagination to create more of your own signature pieces. How can you possibly resist?


Meet the designers.

If you’ve got this far you probably already know me, but in brief I’m a container garden and landscape designer, serious plant-aholic, garden writer and public speaker for all things gardening. In other words I’m usually covered in a layer or two of soil, I drive everywhere with a large tarp for impromptu plant purchases and I’m truly passionate about sharing the joys of gardening.

My partner in crime for this adventure is Christina Salwitz whose lifestyle, experience and enthusiasm parallels my own to such a degree that writing this book together was an easy and very natural decision. Our styles, both in design and writing blend well – thanks in no small part to our bilingual (she has to translate from UK-English to USA-English occasionally) and extremely patient editor Cathy Dees.

Now in true Oscar style; “this would not have been possible without the amazing talent and artistry of our friend and award winning photographer Ashley DeLatour of One Thousand Words Photography.” She turns everycombination into an unforgettable story that draws you into the scene, wanting to learn more.

What others are saying about Fine Foliage

"Fine Foliage is a visual treat that will inspire you with dazzling combinations for containers and gardens. This is a great user-friendly design resource as Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz explain why each combination works, bringing artistic design within easy reach of all gardeners". Debra Prinzing, author of the 50-Mile Bouquet

Pre-order and save money.

St. Lynn’s Press have listed the release date for Fine Foliage as March 1st 2013, but it will be available in time for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle in February. At the show you’ll have the opportunity to hear Christina and I present a fun seminar based on our love of designing with foliage which will be followed by a book signing.

However you can preorder the book NOW from the following vendors and save a few $ in the process;


Barnes & Noble – coming shortly

Powell’s Books

Indie Bound

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  1. […] book that I am so proud to Co-Author with Karen Chapman of Le Jardinet is packed with the most stunning photography by our Principal Photographer, Ashley DeLatour of One […]

  2. Katie on August 1, 2012 at 8:14 am


    • Karen Chapman on August 1, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Praise from my daughter!! Thanks for all the hours you spent helping us pull the proposal together XX

  3. Mary Perez on August 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Congratulations on the Book and all your other exploits!!! Your energy is an inspiration–loving Sonoma, but do miss certain things like my gardening buddies and MOLBAKS…

    • Karen Chapman on August 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      We miss you too Mary! Maybe you can make it up for the Northwest Flower and garden Show?

  4. Jennifer on August 2, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I am so excited for you Karen! I like the way you have done the page spreads with the main shot and the "players" opposite. Can I get a jpeg of the book cover for my Pinterest page?
    Also can I do anything to help promote your book? Just a few suggestions: you could do a guest post like Niki Jabbour did for her book the Year Round Vegetable Gardener or perhaps I could do a review/giveaway a copy? My email is

    • Karen Chapman on August 2, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Jennifer – thanks so much for your enthusiastic response! I've emailed you regarding book reviews etc and really appreciate your ideas.

  5. debsgarden on August 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Congratulations, Karen!! As a great lover of foliage I am looking forward to reading your book! (I confess to a bit of envy; just recently I was telling a friend how much I would love to write a garden book!) If your blog is any indication, your book will be beautiful and filled with helpful advice and design tips. Can't wait!

    • Karen Chapman on August 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Deb! Knowing you through YOUR blog I know this is something you will enjoy.

  6. Riz Reyes on August 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    YES!! What a gorgeous and inspirational book this will be! Kudos to you both!!

    • Karen Chapman on August 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Riz!