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 (Northeast Organic Farmers Association) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. Her garden has been featured in many publications, including Anne Raver’s feature in The New York Times.
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, Native Plants, 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). The Naturescape Workbook: How to Create a Garden with Nature as Your Guide, with author Beth Young, (Timber Press 2011).
She won Garden Writers Association awards for photography in 2001, 2004 and 2007.
Karen Bussolini’s writing has been published in many fine magazines.
Garden Design, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, This Old House, The American Gardener, Woman’s Day Specials, McCall’s, Native Plants, Threads, Connecticut Home and Garden, Green Scene, Reader’s Digest Books’ Home Improvements Manual and other publications. Her former 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 National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium, The Garden Writers Association, The Perennial Plant Association.
- Annual Meetings/Symposia: The Master Gardeners of Connecticut, The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners, 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,” Santa Fe Gardens’ “Garden Gurus” seminars, The Bonfils-Stanton lecture series at Denver Botanic Gardens, 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 meetings in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
- 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 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, The Berkshire Botanical Garden 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.
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. In her personal life she is a Reiki practitioner, river swimmer and member of The Kent Singers, a classical vocal ensemble.
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