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Chris H. Olsen is a nationally known home and garden guru, designer, author, TV personality and public speaker. In his book, Chris shares his landscape and gardening knowledge along with his unique flair for home decor and design. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

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Chris H. Olsen just opened a new nursery called Plantopia. Unique and different, Plantopia is "wholesale to the public" in the old Lakewood Gardens location at 3101 North Hills Blvd., North Little Rock, 72116. We carry a huge assortment of shrubs, trees (containered as well as ball and burlap), roses, perennials, annuals, pottery, fountains, chemicals, tropicals and even bulk materials all at great prices. Plantopia -"balance between quality and low price."

Jhemajang ("hema-jang") is the art of mixing it up.

Chris H. Olsen has created an exclusive line of plant combinations that exist of hearty plants that are specifically chosen to be not only tough but beautiful. Why stop there? Chris has also designed a Jhemajang furniture line that is
for indoor and outdoor use. Based on the principle of "jhemajang," you can mix and match the chairs, benches, and tables with any of the different designs we offer. Visit Botanica Gardens and Plantopia to see these new products. Learn more here.

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Thursday October 8th, 2015 at Casa De Destino (Chris' Home) 6:30pm to 9pm $35 per Person or $60 per Couple - Delectable Hors D'Oeuvres and Cocktails prepared by Chef Bonner - Reserve tickets at 501.614.3000

Saturday October 10, 2015 at Plantopia 9:30-10:30 Free Admission
The key to growing vegetables in the Fall is making sure the soil is still warm enough to support their growth. Greg Fontenot, Plantopia's nursery manager, will be discussing which plants are suitable for Fall gardening. He will also be talking about the proper timing for seed planting and starters. Why limit your growing season to just the spring? Come ask questions and learn how you can enjoy tasty veggies even in the Fall.

Saturday October 17, 2015 at Botanica 9:30-10:30 Free Admission
Want to know what plants will provide the most drama both in color and texture to your garden this Fall? Teaming up to give you the answers is Botanica's horticultural specialists Ross Pascoe and Angie Sunderman. Through their knowledgeable instruc- tion you will learn what seasonal color will work best for your home and also how to make those tired containers come to life again! Ross and Angie will most assuredly show you how to dress your home to impress for not only this Autumn season, but for seasons to come.

Saturday October 24, 2015 at Plantopia 9:30-10:30 Free Admission
Fall is the perfect time for planting trees and shrubs. Chris H. Olsen will share his expertise in landscape design and show you how to use them correctly and stylistically. But why stop there? Chris will also discuss and show you the best and most dramatic uses of perennials and seasonal color. Combining his skills with his talent, Chris will create and share with you several different custom landscape scenarios as well as answer any questions you might have about your own yard.



Spooky New Article over at At Home featuring Chris H. Olsen Fall / Halloween
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UPCOMING EVENTS! We just posted a long list of upcoming events with Chris H. Olsen - have a look at them here!


2015 Curb Appeal winners announced!

Winners of 2015 Curb Appeal contest annouced over at At Home in Arkansas. Read the article and see the great pics!

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arkansas business

Wonderful new article with Arkansas Business just released touching on all aspects of Chris's career.

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You have to check out this featured home that Chris landscaped. It's amazing!

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Chris just wrote a great article about using pots in your landscapes!

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Chris was actually just featured in a promotional video for AmericasMart Atlanta!


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New Orleans-Style BBQ Shrimp

YIELD: Serves 4 as an appetizer

ACTIVE TIME: 15 Minutes

TOTAL TIME: 20 Minutes


1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 pound jumbo Louisiana shrimp, peeled, leaving heads and tails on
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Crystal hot sauce
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 cup Abita or other amber beer
1 teaspoon minced rosemary leaves
1 loaf French bread, thickly sliced on the diagonal and warmed

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the garlic until lightly browned and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute on each side. Increase the heat to high and add the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, Creole seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes, then remove the shrimp from skillet.

Add the beer and rosemary and stir to deglaze the pan. Cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and quickly toss to coat the shrimp in the sauce, but do not overcook. Serve immediately with the bread.


Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls
YIELD: Makes about forty 3/4 -inch meatballs


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 cup Frank's RedHot Sauce or any other favorite hot sauce
1 pound ground chicken, preferably thigh meat
1 large egg
1/2 celery stalk, minced
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Drizzle the vegetable oil into a 9×13-inch baking dish and use your hand to evenly coat the entire surface. Set aside.

Combine the butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan, and cook over low heat, whisking until the butter is melted and fully incorporated. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes.

Combine the hot sauce mixture, ground chicken, egg, celery, bread crumbs, and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix by hand until thoroughly incorporated.

Roll the mixture into round, 3/4 -inch balls, making sure to pack the meat firmly. Place the balls in the prepared baking dish, being careful to line them up snugly and in even rows vertically and horizontally to form a grid. The meatballs should be touching one another.

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm and cooked through. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball should read 165°F.

Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes in the baking dish before serving.



Spooky Decor for fall!





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Hellebore (October)

You want what? A plant that is not only deerproof, shade loving, and low maintenance but also starts blooming in winter? No plant does...oh, wait—hellebores are all that

Popcorn Drift Roses

- The newest in the Drift Series, this delightful rose is aptly named. It starts off a soft yellow and then fades to a creamy white. Occasionally some blush pink is to be found. The overall effect is that of buttered popcorn, hence the name.

Expect a rose that will grow to about 1.5' in height and spread to about 2.5'. For mass planting space them about 2' apart and let them grow into each other. I find the Drift Series have the best impact when planted in multiples that are allowed to grow, and are treated, as one plant. I would advise a minimum of three - even for a flower border. The rose blooms from spring to fall and is easily grown in zones 5-11.

Another great use for The Drift series of roses is using them in hanging baskets. Don't expect a full cascade over the sides of the pot, but they will softly fall over the edge.


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