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Overview

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.

w: Karen Bussolini Garden Arts website

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Additional Information

The Homeowner's Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook

Description

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics

 

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)

Locations

PO Box 219
South Kent, CT
06785

Photo Gallery

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Audience Reviews

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Wonderful Photos with great ideas!

Laura Fanzilli from Norwalk, CT - 10/04/2014 14:10:11

Karen gave a presentation to the Norwalk Garden Club (Norwalk, CT ) at our first meeting of the year. The subject was "Jazzing up your Garden with color, contrast and movement. Her photos were numerous and amazing. She presented insightful ideas to improve our gardens. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed her presentation. We would invite Karen again in the future.

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Wonderful Program!

Rose Jordan from Westport, CT - 09/17/2014 14:56:52

Karen spoke at the Westport Woman's Club this week at our Club Day luncheon. Everyone enjoyed her presentation and her beautiful photographs. The information she shared on the topic "Naturescape Your Yard" was valuable to all, and we came away with many helpful tips on how to attract birds, butterflies and bees with various plants, as well as ways to deter garden pests. Karen is a relaxed and interesting speaker, very knowledgeable indeed on the subject of gardening.

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Great program!

Leslie Shields, Hardy Plant Society of CT from PLAINVILLE, CT - 03/11/2014 15:36:17

Karen did a phenomenal job with the topic of Strategies for the Darwinian garden. She had information for both the novice and the experienced gardener and combined the information with a fun and lively presentation. Look forward to her other talks.

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