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Take me home with you! Book signings always available
- Celebrating Fall (NEW!)
- Deer-resistant Drama
- Foliage & Focal Points
- Creating Captivating Gardens
- Foliage First
- The Squish Factor
- Design Dilemmas & Savvy Solutions
- Secrets to Selecting Low Maintenance Plants (online course)
- Fabulous Fall Containers (online course)
- Designing Abundant Containers (award-winning online course)
- Designing a Deer-Resistant Garden (online course)
- Captivating Containers for Spring (online course)
- Deck the Halls (online course)
If you love plants, have a good sense of humor, and enjoy getting together with fellow gardening enthusiasts we are meant to meet!
Gardening should be FUN and that's what I'm all about; learn while you laugh, and never take yourself (or your garden) too seriously
I love to share my passion for gardening with others and offer keynote presentations and inspirational seminars 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 as my travel schedule allows.
Signed copies of all my books: DEER-RESISTANT DESIGN (Timber Press, 2019) GARDENING WITH FOLIAGE FIRST (Timber Press, 2017) and FINE FOLIAGE (St. Lynn's Press, 2013), can be made available after talks.
Check out the links to read more about each topic and enjoy some teaser images.
Don't see a topic that quite meets your needs? I am always happy to work with your event planner to tailor a program to your audience.
Celebrating Fall: designing your garden for a vibrant autumnal display
Deer-Resistant Drama: Learn to create beautiful fence-free gardens that thrive despite the deer
Touchstones: a journey of discovery and healing
Foliage & Focal Points: Ideas for gardens and budgets of all sizes
Creating Captivating Gardens: Learn to add mystery and intrigue
Foliage First: Three easy steps to help you transform your containers and landscapes from frumpy to fabulous
The Squish Factor: Designing abundant containers
Design Dilemmas & Savvy Solutions: design intervention for plantaholics and rebel gardeners!
Secrets to Selecting Low Maintenance Plants: tips to help you to work smarter not harder
Fabulous Fall Containers: transform tired summer designs for the colder months
Designing Abundant Containers: learn to plan and create Pinterest-worthy designs every time.
Designing a Deer-Resistant Garden: 8 key design principles without resorting to fences
Captivating Container Designs for Spring: budget friendly refresher ideas to bridge the seasons
Deck the Halls: create sensational Holiday containers for indoors
Born in England, I grew up with a trowel in my hand.
After moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 I joined one of the leading garden nurseries as a garden plant specialist. Helping hundreds of customers create beautiful combinations of plants to enhance their outdoor living spaces was always a delight. Ten years later I established my business Le jardinet in order to provide a service that takes all the time, stress and guesswork out of the design process.
In the recent past I have taught container gardening at a local Community College, and continue to teach both container and landscape design in occasional workshops and events as well offering a range of online learning opportunities .
When I’m not teaching garden design or talking about it I am usually writing about it, and my articles and designs have been featured in many national gardening publications including Fine Gardening, Country Gardens, Sunset, and Garden Design. I have co-authored two books: the award winning Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and highly acclaimed Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), while my latest book Deer-Resistant Design was released in 2019 (Timber Press).
Specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant, summer-dry designs, it would give me great pleasure to share my love of gardening with you.
Low maintenance design