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  • turkey in garden - signs that summer is winding down

Signs that Summer’s Winding Down

I’m hearing lots of clues that summer is winding down, though. Dawn gets quieter and quieter, but the side yard is alive with twittering goldfinches clinging to Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) plants, gorging on ripe seeds, while bumblebees keep up the buzz pollinating its long-lasting lavender flowers.

By |September 20th, 2018|Clues|Comments Off on Signs that Summer’s Winding Down
  • views from my window

Views Out My Windows

Being surrounded by gardens is like living in a wildlife blind. The more native plants I grow right outside the windows, the more critters appear.

By |September 15th, 2018|Views|Comments Off on Views Out My Windows
  • goldenrod

Glorious Goldenrods

Solidago shortii 'Solar Cascade' Goldenrods are one of the most important food resources for native bees as summer slides into fall. The many tiny individual flowers on each flowerhead supply not just nectar, but all-important pollen, a crucial protein source. Read all about garden-worthy goldenrods in the July/August 2018 issue of The American [...]

By |September 12th, 2018|Great Plants, Just Published!|Comments Off on Glorious Goldenrods
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Seeing the Big Picture

Garden coaching is about helping homeowners see their property with new eyes. Read about it in the September/October issue of Connecticut Gardener Magazine.

By |September 10th, 2018|Garden Coaching|Comments Off on Seeing the Big Picture
  • Karen Bussolini Eco Friendly Garden Coach project

Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Workshop – Symposium

Want to jazz up a tired landscape, reduce maintenance or garden more sustainably? Karen Bussolini, Nancy DuBrule-Clemente and Christine Froehlich will show you how...

By |September 4th, 2018|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Solving Garden Design Dilemmas Workshop – Symposium

Dioecious Native Shrubs for Wildlife – Just Published in The American Gardener

Dioecious plants bear male and female flowers on separate plants. Both males and females produce nectar, but only males provide the pollen so critical to bee and plant reproduction. Read all about bees and berries in the latest issue of The American Gardener.

By |March 6th, 2018|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Dioecious Native Shrubs for Wildlife – Just Published in The American Gardener

The Beauty of Gardens in Winter

Now that we’ve seen some of winter’s worst, I’d like to share the beauty of gardens in winter. Come enjoy a photographic presentation that’s a sure-fire cabin fever cure, filled with planting ideas to brighten next winter, followed by a walk in the Arboretum, weather permitting. January 27, 2018, 10:00-12:00  Master Class sponsored by UConn [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on The Beauty of Gardens in Winter

Garden Beauty with Plenty of Pollinators

I'm incredibly honored to have been invited by the ELA (Ecological Landscape Alliance) to speak on native plants for pollinators at their Ecological Plant Conference in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on November 30. Here's a link to the event.http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/ela-ny-ecological-landscape-conference/ And they published my piece about supporting birds through the winter in the newsletter too! http://www.ecolandscaping.org/11/wildlife-habitats/for-the-birds/

By |November 14th, 2017|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Garden Beauty with Plenty of Pollinators

It’s Connecticut Flower & Garden Show Time

As the snow falls I'm dreaming of that wonderful fragrance of living plants that hits you when you walk into the Connecticut Flower & Garden Show in Hartford. This year I'll be doing 2 talks - an Eco-friendly Garden Coach Interactive Problem Solving Brainstorming Session on Friday, February 24 at 3:30, and on Saturday morning, February 25, at 11:00 I'll be presenting my latest talk, Planting the Year-Round Pollinator Garden.

By |February 9th, 2017|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on It’s Connecticut Flower & Garden Show Time

Karen Bussolini speaking on the pollinator garden in Kent

Although I speak on ecological gardening all over the country, I'm especially tickled to be presenting a slide lecture full of information and inspiration to support pollinators right here where I live in Kent. Come feast your eyes  and learn about Planting the Year-Round Pollinator Garden at Kent Town Hall this Saturday 

By |January 25th, 2017|Highlights & Happenings|Comments Off on Karen Bussolini speaking on the pollinator garden in Kent