Course description

Have the deer completely ravaged your garden? Do they seem to eat everything you plant? Have you given up all hope of ever having a garden that is attractive let alone one you can be proud of?

I understand; and I can help.

As a professional designer and passionate gardener I refused to be thwarted by the daily visits, taste-testing, trampling, and rutting of my local herds. Like you, I was frustrated by the lack of inspirational resources to help me create the beautiful garden of my dreams. Lists of deer-resistant plants weren't enough. They didn't translate to billowing borders or rich tapestries. At best they just gave me a shopping list for someone on a restricted diet. Yet a well designed, deer-resistant garden should be so much more.


Hallmarks of a well designed deer-resistant garden


  • Carefully crafted, functional hardscape to instill a sense of order
  • Richly textured layers of foliage and flowers offering year-round interest
  • A cohesive color palette 
  • Exciting plant combinations - with a few surprises to add mystery and intrigue
  • Bold, fully deer-proof focal points
  • No obvious "oops" areas!


Is that how your garden looks? 

If not, don't worry. We're going to change all that.

In this online workshop you'll learn to:

  • Strategize

    Discover deer-deterrent and diversion tactics such as barriers, sprays, and seasonal protection, without resorting to ugly fencing.

  • Design for Success

    Good garden design is more important than ever when dealing with deer. Discover 8 key design principles that will ensure your garden looks good year round, despite the deer.

  • Combine Plants Effectively

    Forget individual plant lists - this course will inspire you with dozens of innovative, deer-resistant plant combinations.

Course curriculum

  • 01
  • 02
    Before You Start
    Show Content
    • How this online course works:
    • Welcome
  • 03
    Designing A Deer-Resistant Garden
    Show Content
    • Designing a Deer-Resistant Garden (27:19) - narrated slide show
    • Plant List for Slide Show
  • 04
    Garden Tour - my personal deer-resistant garden
    Show Content
    • Garden Map
    • 1. Your Garden Tour Starts Here: overview of my design criteria (02:38)
    • 2. Re-thinking the patio (04:16)
    • 3. The Island Border - part 1 (21:06)
    • 4. The Island Border - part 2 (10:54)
    • 5. The Front Garden (9:33)
    • 6. The Woodland Border (8:34)
    • 7. Privacy Screening (10:06)
    • Garden Tour Plant Lists, Online Resources & More
  • 05
    Additional Resources
    Show Content
    • Digging Deeper - Recommended Book
    • Keep in Touch
  • 06
    How may I help you further?
    Show Content
    • Please take a moment to answer 5 short questions

What's included?

  • Lifetime access to a narrated slideshow that teaches you how to approach garden design for improved deer-resistance

  • Lifetime access to a behind-the-scenes video tour of my personal 5-acre garden

  • Downloadable notes with almost 100 deer-resistant plant names (common and botanical) that I show you growing in my garden

  • Extensive resources for further research

  • A booklet of 15 FUN deer-resistant plants as a FREE bonus

What are you waiting for?

Make THIS the year you thwart those deer and learn to love your garden again.
Sign me up!
  • 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

    Instructor

    Karen Chapman

Here's what others are saying....

  • Linda Hagen

    “I thoroughly enjoyed learning about ways to design a deer-resistant garden. This course goes far beyond a plant list and teaches you how to truly DESIGN a deer-resistant garden. Karen shows you how to combine design elements along with deer-resist...”

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    “I thoroughly enjoyed learning about ways to design a deer-resistant garden. This course goes far beyond a plant list and teaches you how to truly DESIGN a deer-resistant garden. Karen shows you how to combine design elements along with deer-resistant plants to protect areas, re-route deer, or simply discourage them from eating their way through your garden. She explains key design principles such as how to combine 3 plants together for a perfect vignette, how to create garden windows, and more -- tips that can be used anywhere, and by anyone, whether you’re concerned with deer or not. The course is broken down into well-managed sections and moves along at a great pace. And the best part is the beautiful scenery of her incredible garden! A truly enjoyable and informational course! ”

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  • Nancy Liebenstein

    “So enjoyable to walk around the gardens versus settle for still photos. Video covered so many aspects of design and problem solving that I could relate to and learn from. Delightful if a bit of an indulgence.”

    “So enjoyable to walk around the gardens versus settle for still photos. Video covered so many aspects of design and problem solving that I could relate to and learn from. Delightful if a bit of an indulgence.”

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Garden Tour

Join me for a candid, behind-the-scenes video tour of my unfenced, deer-resistant garden. I'll show you the good, the bad, and the ugly, sharing combinations that have withstood the test of time, strategies to overcome the problems, and tips I've learned along the way.

  • Re-thinking the patio: Understand the principles behind good patio design.

  • Walk through a hot, sun-drenched island border filled with a strong foliage framework in bold, sunset colors. Discover how to create a sense of mystery and intrigue using layering, portals, and scrim

  • Enjoy the diaphonous romance of our billowing, flower-filled front garden planted in shades of white, silver and blue while learning about path design and the strategic placement of focal points.

  • Stroll through a quiet, summer woodland and see what plants thrive in the dry shade despite daily visits from deer and rabbits

  • Learn how to create a privacy barrier using mixed plantings that combine deer-resistance with seasonal interest

Featured in:

Karen's deer-resistant garden and designs have been

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

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FAQ

  • 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?

    The design principles you will learn apply no matter where you live, and although my garden is in USDA zone 6b, many of the plants shown are hardy to zones 4 and 5

  • Do you talk about rabbit-resistance?

    Although this course is about designing a DEER-resistant garden, since I am plagued by both deer AND rabbits, I do discuss those plants which are notably rabbit-resistant in the video tour of my garden.

  • 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.