Karen Bussolini

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» Karen Bussolini's talk on garden photography in Greenwich

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» Karen Bussolini speaking on The Ornamental Edible garden at White Flower Farm

» Karen Bussolini speaking on Naturescaping in Watertown



PO Box 219 South Kent, Connecticut 06785

I aim to always be accessible and informative – we’re all in this together and we gardeners have much to learn from each other. Images, which are constantly updated, are beautiful, inspiring and plentiful.

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The Homeowner's Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook



Karen Bussolini is an award-winning freelance garden photographer, writer and lecturer published in books and magazines throughout the world, a NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and an eco-friendly garden coach. Her former newspaper column, “Good Gardening,” explored the connections between our gardens, our community and the environment. Elegant Silvers: Striking Plants for Every Garden (Timber Press 2005), which she photographed and co-authored, has kept her busy lecturing throughout the US. The Homeowner's Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook (Storey Publishing) features more than 600 of her photographs. Her sixth book,Naturescape Your Yard, written by Beth Young, was published in 2011.  kbgarden@charter.net.



Karen Bussolini Bio


Karen Bussolini has been a gardener as long as she can remember. She trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before specializing in garden photography, writing, lecturing and eco-friendly garden coaching. She is a NOFA (North American Organic Farmers Assoc.) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and an eco-friendly garden coach.


Her photographs have appeared in Garden Design, Horticulture, House Beautiful, House and Garden, This Old House, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, The American Gardener, Perennials, Wildflower, Organic Gardening, Country Living Gardener, McCall’s, Home, Metropolitan Home, Yankee, The New York Times and in many other magazines and books published throughout the world.


She was sole photographer for six books: The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Manual (Storey Publishing 2007), Elegant Silvers: Striking Plants for Every Garden (Timber Press 2005), which she co-wrote with Jo Ann Gardner, The Unsung Season: Gardens and Gardeners in Winter (Houghton Mifflin, 1995), A Country Garden for Your Backyard (Rodale Press 1993), Backyard Design: Making the Most of the Space Around Your House (Bulfinch Press, 1991, 1998) and Naturescape Your Yard (Timber Press, 2011).


Karen Bussolini’s writing has been published in Garden Design, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, This Old House, The American Gardener, Woman’s Day Specials, McCall’s, Wildflower, Threads, Connecticut Home and Garden, Green Scene, Reader’s Digest Books’ Home Improvements Manual and other publications. Her weekly columns in The Millbrook Independent and The Lakeville Journal explored the connections between gardens, the environment and the local community. She is known for her writing on gardening from personal experience.


She has presented slide lectures across the continent, to such groups as: National meetings: The Garden Writers Association, The Perennial Plant Association. Annual Meetings/Symposia: The Master Gardeners of Connecticut, The Herb Society of America Connecticut and Long Island Units, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Ohio State University’s P.L.A.N.T. Seminars, The Kansas City Gardening Symposium, The Rochester Civic Garden Center Annual Spring Symposium, Green Bay Botanical Garden Fall Symposium, UConn Garden Conference, New Directions in the American Landscape. Lecture series: The New York Botanical Garden’s “American Gardening Lecture Series,” The Bonfils-Stanton endowed lecture series at Denver Botanic Gardens, Santa Fe Gardens’ “Garden Gurus” seminars, The Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, The Freylinghuysen Arboretum and The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden lecture series, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Brookside Gardens, Green Spring Gardens and “Gardens of the Mississippi” aboard the riverboat The American Queen. Horticultural organizations: The Horticultural Society of New York, The San Diego Horticultural Society, The Southern California Horticulture Society, The Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, The Northwest Horticultural Society, The Whatcom Horticultural Society, The Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group, The Connecticut Horticultural Society, The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons and innumerable Garden Club of America and Federated Garden Clubs local meetings. Trade Shows: The Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Annual (PLNA) Symposium, Ohio State University’s Nursery Short Course at the CENTS nursery trade show. Flower Shows: The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, the New England Spring Flower Show, The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, The Rhode Island Flower Show, The Maymont Flower Show (Richmond, VA).


She has taught at The New York Botanical Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, CO and Tohoono Chul Park in Tucson, AZ.


Media appearances include PBS television programs “Cultivating Life,” KLRU’s “Central Texas Gardener” and “Oklahoma Gardening” and live radio shows in California, Colorado, Mississippi, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Connecticut.


She won Garden Writers Association awards for photography in 2001, 2004 and 2007.


When photographing, she sees the world through the eyes of a gardener and painter. Although she travels far and wide, her roots are sunk deeply into the soil of a deer-infested mountainside in South Kent, Connecticut.










For detailed descriptions, full bio and more, please visit www.karenbussolini.com


Designing with Elegant Silvers (Using low-maintenance, deer and drought-resistant silver plants) Can be adapted to region, professional or home gardeners, with special emphasis on herbs, working with color, or other audience interests. Karen Bussolini is photographer and co-author of the Timber Press book, Elegant Silvers: Striking Plants for Every Garden.


The Edible/Ornamental Garden (Creating home landscapes humming with life and good things to eat)


Jazzing Up the Garden with Color, Contrast and Movement (Exciting intuitive ways to design plant combinations)


Gardening with Kids: Opening Eyes and Doors (Encouraging exploration and delight, connection with the natural world)


Solving Slopes (Strategies for turning challenging terrain into satisfying gardens with plants and hardscape)


Survival in the Darwinian Garden: Planting the Fittest (Put low-fuss plants where they want to be and enjoy low-care garden success)


Landscaping with Native Plants (Making beautiful gardens and landscapes while supporting wildlife and healing our compromised ecosystems)


Learning from My Mistakes: A Technophobe’s Guide to Garden Photography (Learning to see, whatever camera equipment is used) Additional workshop and/or critique available


Naturescape Your Yard – East (under development, will coincide with publication of Naturescape Your Yard by Timber Press in 2011)


The Unsung Season: Gardens in Winter (Planting beauty close to home for enjoyment from fall until spring, finding subtle beauty in the winter landscape). Karen Bussolini photographed The Unsung Season: Gardens and Gardeners in Winter (Houghton Mifflin).


Where Bulbs Shine: Using Flowering Bulbs in the Landscape (Integrating spring-flowering bulbs in the designed landscape)


PO Box 219
South Kent, CT

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Audience Reviews

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Big winter

Mary Pura from Danbury, CT - 03/04/2015 21:34:35

Karen spoke at our garden club meeting on 2/20/15. Lots of slides of snow and winter in the dead of a big winter, but I came away apperiating the winter landscape that I now stopped to study after Karen's talk. Although we all wanted spring desperately , she helped me make the most of winter.

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A wonderful new talk!

Nancy DuBrule-Clemente from Middletown CT - 01/19/2015 23:14:37

I saw Karen give a talk called What Photography Can Teach you About Garden Design on 1/15/15 at the CT Horticultural Society meeting. It was WONDERFUL! Her photographs were outstanding, as usual. She is one of the best garden photographers I know. The talk was well organized and made you see the world of design through a camera lense. Kudo's to Karen, this talk is a keeper.

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Great speaker!!

Judy White from Loudonville, NY - 01/18/2015 17:10:52

Karen presented "Naturescaping Your Garden" to the Fort Orange Garden Club in Albany, NY. She is very knowledgeable about horticulture, the synergy of natural ecosystems and is an exceptional photographer to boot. Her talk was inspirational and her slides are the best I've ever seen. One of our most knowledgeable gardeners said that Karen's presentation was "the best program we've ever had" and that is very high praise! You can't miss and we hope to have her back in the future.

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