Back in 2013 I wrote a review for the book Fine Foliage, by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz. I featured this photo (Rhodoendron pachysanthum and Carex testacea) because it made me all sorts of giddy. It still does. Can you even!?
|photo by Karen Chapman courtesy of St. Lynn’s Press|
As luck would have it Karen Chapman visited my garden in 2015 when it was open for the Green on Green Tour (that link is to a story my friend Kate McMillan wrote about my garden on the tour, it's terribly flattering, you should probably click on it and follow her wonderful blog). Anyway...Karen later featured the below vignette on Fine Foliage, the blog she shares with her co-author, Christina Salwitz...
Of course that's the autumn look, where as Karen wrote about the summer scene (here). I'd share how it's looking now, but those Agaves are currently covered with frost-cloth and the Amsonia and Canna are both MIA (to return in the spring). In her post Karen identified the plants, and then set about dissecting why it all worked, which I found terribly interesting because I just planted things I liked!
So what does this have to do with you, Portland foliage lovers? Well Karen and Christina have a new book coming out, Gardening with Foliage First...and...Karen is the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Winter Program speaker, coming up on Sunday, January 22nd...
Here's the official announcement: "Does your garden look exciting even when nothing is in bloom or does it just become a muddled sea of green? Learn to establish a framework using interesting foliage before layering in additional elements such as bark, berries, flowers and more to breathe new life into your landscape and containers. Award winning author and landscape designer Karen Chapman will offer inspirational ideas for all four seasons while celebrating the release of her latest book Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017)."
Registration is only $10 for HPSO members, $20 for others. Register here, more details here. I don't know about you but I am so ready to think about getting back out in the garden and enjoying my plants. Hope to see you there!
Weather Diary, January 4th: Hi 33, Low 27/ Precip 0
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