Chapman to speak about gardening and healing

  • Mon Sep 13th, 2021 1:30am
  • Life
Contributed photo/Karen Chapman  to speak at Orcas Island Garden Club meeting.

The Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes Karen Chapman on a virtual (Zoom) presentation called Touchstones: a journey of healing and discovery on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

This presentation will not be recorded. The link to the live meeting provided by the Orcas Island Library is:

Chapman is a garden plant specialist and the owner of Le Jardinet, a custom landscape design company specializing in creating artistic plant combinations with a four-season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces, and deer-resistant designs.

Her articles and designs can be found in many national gardening publications. She is the author of Deer Resistant Design: Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer and co-author of the books Fine Foliage and Gardening with Foliage First. The Orcas Public Library has Deer Resistant Design in its collection. Darvill’s Bookstore will be selling Deer Resistant Design. Call the store for other titles by our speaker.

In her presentation, Touchstones: a journey of healing and discovery, Karen will discuss gardeners’ needs for continual reassessment, modifying our plans – and our plants, in response to unexpected circumstances. She will consider that not all of life’s changes are welcome or easily adapted to. She will show ancient villages, stately homes and the rolling English countryside from her perspective as an ex-pat turned tourist.

We’ll see the private gardens and the grand estates that Karen explored on a recent trip, looking for ideas we can use in our own gardens while being immersed in the rich history. Drawing on her personal story and reflections on the past year, Karen will describe finding strength in connections.

Visit the Garden Club website ( to print out Karen’s handout for this presentation.