Course description

As a designer and garden consultant I am often asked to help clients renovate their gardens to be easier to manage. Years of impulse plant buying and gifts from well-meaning friends can result in a garden overflowing with plants that demand endless work, yet offer little in return. Even if you are starting a garden from scratch and want to design for lower maintenance, it can be difficult to know how to achieve that.

One key criteria is the plant selection. Yet neither the plant tags nor the nursery signs help to identify which innocent looking plant is really a devious thug, waiting to take over your entire landscape.

The good news is that I can help.

In this course you will learn to

  • Identify the Troublemakers

    Learn what questions to ask at the nursery and what characteristics to look for in your garden to help you identify potential problems

  • Combine Plants

    Understand the importance of colorful foliage in creating lower maintenance combinations and vignettes.

  • Select Wisely

    Discover which plants I rely on for stunning color - yet are well behaved and have an easy going attitude.

  • Design with Confidence

    You are free to copy the combinations I share or use them as a springboard for your own ideas. I'll even show you several container designs that will last from one year to the next.

Why are you still struggling?

A beautiful, easy to manage landscape is just a click away

What's included

  • Lifetime access to two narrated slideshows

  • Downloadable handouts to accompany each presentation

  • A booklet of with more than 65 additional low maintenance plants with clickable links to help you seek out alternatives that might be better suited to your climate or style.

What others have been saying about this course:

  • Katie Pond

    “Karen has a gift for de-mystifying garden design and laying out concise, manageable steps to creating a beautiful, harmonious landscape. Her approach to developing a low maintenance garden has me reviewing my garden with a critical eye and has giv...”

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    “Karen has a gift for de-mystifying garden design and laying out concise, manageable steps to creating a beautiful, harmonious landscape. Her approach to developing a low maintenance garden has me reviewing my garden with a critical eye and has given me the confidence (and the shopping list!!!) to edit with abandon. Between the videos and the extensive plant lists that have thoughtfully been included, this course has proven to me that low maintenance is far from boring!!! I love that these guidelines can be applied at any scale - from acreage down to a single container.”

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  • Ellen, PA

    “Low maintenance plants are the holy grail of the garden world. It's what we all want: beautiful gardens that don't require loads of work. I wasn't convinced this was actually possible before watching these two videos, but now, equipped with an ext...”

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    “Low maintenance plants are the holy grail of the garden world. It's what we all want: beautiful gardens that don't require loads of work. I wasn't convinced this was actually possible before watching these two videos, but now, equipped with an extensive plant list and some straightforward guidelines for choosing plants, I actually think I can do this! This isn't just a collection of pretty pictures (although there are plenty of those). The course offers a sensible, realistic approach to garden design, and tangible examples of gorgeous, low maintenance plants (trees, shrubs, and perennials). I wish I didn't have to wait until spring to get started, but for now I'll content myself with looking at these inspiring photos and researching the recommended plants. Thank you, Karen!!!”

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  • Tracy Miller

    “Karen has such a soothing voice, a caring nature and a rest assured attitude. My tears will no longer flow because I’ve got the inside scoop on gardening. From your new admirer, I thank you. ”

    “Karen has such a soothing voice, a caring nature and a rest assured attitude. My tears will no longer flow because I’ve got the inside scoop on gardening. From your new admirer, I thank you. ”

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  • Karen Chapman

    Meet your instructor:

    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

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Before You Start
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    • How this course works:
  • 02
    Secrets to Selecting Low Maintenance Plants
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    • Secrets to Selecting Low Maintenance Plants (13':30)
    • Secrets to Selecting Low Maintenance Plants - Handout
  • 03
    Design Inspiration Using Low Maintenance Plants
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    • Design Inspiration using Low Maintenance Plants (8':30)
    • Design Inspiration using Low Maintenance Plants - Handout
  • 04
    Additional Resources
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    • Additional Low Maintenance Plants - Booklet
    • Suggested Reading
    • Keep in Touch
  • 05
    How may I help you further?
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    • Please take a moment to answer 5 short questions

Start your garden transformation TODAY!

Only $15

FAQ

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

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

  • What is your refund policy?

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

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