Course description

The days are getting longer, the garden is waking up and there's a sense of spring in the air. Do your container gardens celebrate the season? Or do they look rather bedraggled after a harsh winter?

Although it's too early to plant summer annuals you can still transform those pots into beautiful showcases filled with color, texture, and fragrance.

Let me show you how

As a professional container designer I have created hundreds of dramatic combinations for countless satisfied clients, taught container design to nursery professionals as well as keen home gardeners, and had my designs published in some of the top magazines and books in the United States. Failure is not an option. Every planter has to look fabulous - every time, and I've learned the tricks to ensure success. Tricks I'd love to share with you.

Hallmarks of a well designed spring container

  • Rich layers of foliage and flowers that celebrate the season.
  • A cohesive color palette - not a confusing mish-mash
  • Exciting plant combinations - with a few surprises
  • Gloriously lush and truly abundant, even when newly planted
  • Well balanced in form and scale
  • Incorporates versatile, budget-conscious elements that can be re-worked into summer designs or added to the landscape

Is that how your containers look? 

If not, don't worry.

In this online workshop you'll learn to:

  • Plan

    Understand how to select the best potting soils and fertilizer for early spring.

  • Shop

    Shop wisely for a few investment pieces that will good together now yet can be reworked into your summer designs or landscape later.

  • Design

    Combine new plants with those that you may already have for a cohesive look, using my unique design strategy.

What's included?

  • Watch and learn: lifetime access to two planting demonstration videos

  • Downloadable plant lists and planting plans for each of the designs

  • Downloadable list of basic supplies and materials

  • Downloadable list of my favorite shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, and seasonal accents for early spring designs

  • BONUS: a deer-resistant, late winter/early spring container combination featured in my book Deer-Resistant Design for you to copy!

  • Meet Karen Chapman

    Instructor Bio:

    Specializing in creating artistic landscape and container plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant designs, I'm delighted to now be able to offer a number of online learning opportunities. With a lifetime’s gardening experience in England and the U.S.A., training as a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, and over ten years as an award-winning designer, author, and presenter, I'd love to share my knowledge and love of gardening with you.

    Karen Chapman


    Karen Chapman

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  • Garden Design
  • Country Gardens
  • Country Gardens
  • Sunset
  • Better Hones & Gardens

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What others are saying

  • Cindy Hewatt

    “I have never been disappointed with any of Karen’s gardening workshops! Course layouts are always very detailed, she provides clear explanations on how and why she does things, and I always learn new techniques from her. Her container designs at t...”

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    “I have never been disappointed with any of Karen’s gardening workshops! Course layouts are always very detailed, she provides clear explanations on how and why she does things, and I always learn new techniques from her. Her container designs at the end of each demonstration from this workshop are absolutely gorgeous, yet she made it very affordable, I’m in WOW and inspired! ”

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Course curriculum

  • 01
    Before You Start
    Show Content
    • How this online workshop works:
  • 02
    Lists of Lists to Help You
    Show Content
    • Additional Plant Inspiration
    • Basic Supplies and Materials
  • 03
    Spring Celebration
    Show Content
    • Spring Celebration - a bold, colorful design for sunny areas (20:07)
    • Plant List and Planting Plan - Spring Celebration
  • 04
    Rustic Simplicity
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    • Rustic Simplicity - a woodland inspired design for partial shade (16:20)
    • Plant List and Planting Plan - Rustic Simplicity
  • 05
    Bonus Design!
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    • A Deer-Resistant Design for Winter & Early Spring
  • 06
    Additional Resources
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    • Digging Deeper into Container Gardening
    • Books to Inspire You
    • Keep in Touch
  • 07
    How may I help you further?
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    • Please take a moment to answer 5 short questions


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  • Do I have to set aside time on a specific day to watch this?

    No, unlike live webinars, this online workshop will fit YOUR schedule. You can watch the modules whenever you want, as often as you want, on any device.

  • Will the plants work for my area?

    I have used an assortment of conifers, perennials, groundcovers, and spring bulbs, many of which will be available. However, the beauty of my unique design strategy is that you will learn HOW to design and be able to substitute plants with confidence should you need to.

  • What is your refund policy?

    If you are not completely satisfied with the quality and content of this course, you may request a full refund within 7 days of registration.