Writing is a way to satisfy my curiosity and challenge what I think I know, to dig deeper and see better – and communicate what I’ve learned. It’s a wonderful way to explore and celebrate the natural world – plus it gives me an excuse to go see what other gardeners are up to. – Karen Bussolini



There’s no fluff here.

I didn’t set out to be a writer. I thought I had my hands full just capturing evocative photographs that told a story.

But after seeing juicy garden feature stories I’d brought to magazines come out with fluff for text, I realized that I could tell a substantial and authentic story with both words and photos. I do my own fact checking, confirm accuracy of quotes and provide correct botanical names. You can count on my writing to be both accurate and engaging.



More than just a garden writer, Karen also provides the photos to go with her written work. Learn More …

Karen Bussolini is known for writing about gardens, gardeners and environmental issues from personal experience and thoughtful observation. She is co-author of the book Elegant Silvers: Striking Plants for Every Garden and has published stories enhanced by her photographs in many national and regional magazines. Her former column in The Millbrook Independent and her “Garden Coach” column in The Lakeville Journal explored the connections between gardens, the environment and the local community.

Published In …

As a garden writer, Karen’s work has been published in

  • The American Gardener
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • Connecticut Magazine
  • Garden Design
  • Green Scene
  • House Beautiful
  • McCall’s
  • Native Plants
  • Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide
  • This Old House
  • Threads
  • Woman’s Day SIP’s
  • Harris Publications


Co-author of Elegant Silvers. Learn More …

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After a snowy winter, gardeners are so glad to see spring flowers – any flowers – that we sometimes wind up with a visual assault of color – a jumble of brazen yellows and Peptol-Bismol pinks – that would never pass muster later in the season. I wrote The Other Colors of Spring for the Oliver Nurseries online newsletter to share some of my favorite, more subtle plant combinations for the early season.

Snowed in, out of power and broken-hearted over my yard full of broken trees during the October 2012 Halloween weekend snowstorm – and trying to walk my sustainable gardening talk, I huddled by the woodstove thinking of ways to turn all the storm damage into something good. My Lakeville Journal Garden Coach Column was republished by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Program newsletter

Being presented with a list of interview questions about The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook presented a good opportunity to sit down with a cup of tea and really think about just exactly why it’s so useful and unique. My written answers are on Gardening Know How blog.

Read about my visit to the herb gardens at The Enfield Shaker Village on The National Gardening Association’s website.