Chris H Olsen

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

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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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Chris H. Olsen is opening a new nursery called Plantopia this spring. 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."
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FREE WORKSHOP THIS WEEKEND! April 25th, 2015 - Color Your World with Annuals - Free Workshop at Botanica- 9:30 - 10:30am

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Casa de Olsen - Tuesday May 5th, 2015 - 6:30 - 9:30pm

No time for a Siesta, it's time to Fiesta! Come party amigos along with Chris H. Olsen at his home and garden and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Fest on a wide spread of delicious authentic Mexican foods all created by Chris's own Chef Bonner. Get refreshed at the margarita, cerveza (Mexican Beer) and Mexican wine bar. Sip and taste different Mexican drinks designed by Colonial Wine and Spirits. Stroll the home and gardens as you are memorized by the Mariachi band. Tickets will go fast. TIckets are non-refundable. Call 501.614.3000 for reservations.

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Meal

Fennel and Rosemary-Crusted Roasted Rack of Lamb

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (12-ounce) French-cut rack of lamb, trimmed (6 ribs)
Cooking spray
Rosemary sprigs (optional)
Preparation

Preheat oven to 475°.

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub lamb evenly with garlic mixture; place on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 475° for 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare) to 160° (medium). Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.

 

Appetizer

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

Ingredients

2 center-cut bacon slices
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
1 ounce extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 small garlic clove, minced
14 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped seeded tomato
Preparation

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon. Combine crumbled bacon, cheeses, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a bowl, stirring well to combine. Divide cheese mixture evenly to fill the pepper halves. Place peppers, cheese sides up, on grill rack or grill grate coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill peppers 8 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned. Place peppers on a serving platter. Sprinkle with cilantro and tomato.

Craft


Succulents are the unsung heroes of houseplants — super-cute and virtually indestructible (you only need to water them once a week!). They add a welcome pop of greenery to any book collection when planted in clear vases filled with pretty river stones. Here's how to create your own.



Snag a few succulents at a nursery or hardware store. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, so play around with the assortment you choose until you find a mix that makes the maximum visual impact. You'll need three to four plants per bookend.


Grab an old wooden tray or lay out newsprint to cover your table before you remove the succulents from their pots. Leave the dirt surrounding the plants' roots (you'll need it to re-pot them in the bookends), and put the rest to the side.


To complete the project, you'll need two glass cylinder vases. Note: One needs to be small enough to fit inside the other, with a few inches of free space left around the edges.

After you place the smaller vase inside the larger one, fill the gap between them with smooth river rocks (available at craft stores). You can also place some stones on the bottom of the larger vase to raise the smaller vase up a bit, if necessary.

Plant your succulents into the smaller vase, adding some of the dirt you've set aside to fill the container. Finally, top the arrangement with more river rocks to hide any glass that's still peeking out.

 

Drink



April Rain

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 ounces Vodka - Tito's Recommended
1/2 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce Dry Vermouth - Dolin Recommended
Lime peel for garnish

Preparation:

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Shake well.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with the lime peel.

Visit the Colonial Tasting Bar at this link

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The latest Chris H. Olsen news!

Be sure and check out the Botanica Gardens booth at the Arkansas Flower and Garden show February 20th - 22nd, 2015!

Happy New Years! Enjoy these New Years articles written by Chris - THV Article about New Years party - Life of the Party - AY Magazine Article

November 30th, 2014 - What is Christmas Decor without a Christmas tree? Some Hints

November 24th, 2014 - You can have a very Simplistic Look this Christmas! Video

November 17th, 2014 - Decorate your Mantle with a twist this year! Video

October 23rd, 2014 - Spooky Halloween Decor and Citrus Pumpkins!

October 15th, 2014 - Decorate for the Children at Halloween! - Video

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