Previous Appearances


Karen Bussolini has enjoyed speaking to and engaging with gardeners – locally and across the nation.

National meetings

  • The National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium
  • Garden Writers Association
  • Perennial Plant Association.

Annual Meetings/Symposia

  • New Directions in the American Landscape (Connecticut College and Morris Arboreta)
  • The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello, Charlottesville, VA
  • The S.A.L.T. (Smaller American Lawns Today) Conference at The Connecticut Arboretum
  • The Kansas City Gardening Symposium
  • Ohio State University’s P.L.A.N.T. Seminars, Columbus and Cincinnati, OH
  • The Herb Society of America Connecticut and Long Island Units
  • The Master Gardeners of Connecticut
  • The Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension “Gathering of Gardeners,”  Rochester, NY
  • The University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners
  • The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut
  • The Rochester Civic Garden Center Annual Spring Symposium, Rochester, NY
  • The University of Connecticut Perennial Plant Symposium
  • UConn Garden Conference, Storrs, CT

Public Botanical Gardens

  • The New York Botanical Garden (American Gardening Lecture Series)
  • Denver Botanic Gardens (Bonfils-Stanton Lecture Series and workshop)
  • The Green Bay Botanical Garden (Fall Symposium), Green Bay, WI
  • The Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, Pasadena, CA
  • The Freylinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township, NJ
  • The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
  • The Indianapolis Museum of Art/Oldfields-Lily House and Gardens, Indianapolis, IN
  • Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD
  • Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA
  • The Gardens on Spring Creek, Fort Collins, CO
  • Elizabeth Park Garden Lecture Series, West Hartford, CT
  • Edith Wharton’s “The Mount”
  • Bellamy-Ferriday House and Gardens

Other venues

  • Santa Fe Gardens’ “Garden Gurus” seminars, Santa Fe, NM
  • “Gardens of the Mississippi” aboard the riverboat The American Queen between New Orleans, LA and Memphis, TN

Horticultural Societies

  • The Horticultural Society of New York
  • The San Diego Horticultural Society
  • The Southern California Horticulture Society, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Vancouver Hardy Plant Group, Vancouver, BC
  • The Northwest Horticultural Society, Seattle, WA
  • The Whatcom Horticultural Society, Bellingham, WA
  • The Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group, Eugene, OR
  • The Connecticut Hardy Plant Society
  • The Connecticut Horticultural Society
  • North American Rock Garden Society, Berkshire Chapter
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension: Westchester County Home Gardening Lecture Series
  • The Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, Southampton, NY
  • The Long Island Horticultural Society

Flower Shows

  • The Chicago Flower and Garden Show
  • The Maymont Flower Show (Richmond, VA)
  • The New England Spring Flower Show
  • The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show
  • The Rhode Island Spring Flower & Garden Show.

Trade Shows

  • The Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association Annual (PLNA) Symposium,
  • Ohio State University’s Nursery Short Course at the CENTS nursery trade show.

Classes and Workshops

  • The New York Botanical Garden
  • Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
  • Tohoono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
  • The Rochester Civic Garden Center, NY
  • NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Assoc. Organic Land Care Accreditation Program
  • Natureworks Garden Center, Northford, CT
  • Greenwich Audubon Center, Audubon at Home program training, CT

Selected Garden Clubs of America, Federated Garden Clubs, Libraries and Other Organizations


  • Avon Library
  • Bethel Garden Club and Bethel Public Library
  • Bristol Garden Club
  • Cherry Brook Gardeners, Canton
  • Connecticut Valley Garden Club
  • Danbury Garden Club
  • Duck River Garden Club, Old Lyme
  • Dun-land Woods Garden Club with the Prosser Library, Bloomfield
  • Easton Garden Club
  • Essex Garden Club
  • Fairfield Garden Club
  • Garden Education Center of Greenwich
  • Greenwich Garden Club
  • Garden Club of Hartford
  • Kent Environmental and Energy Task Force
  • Litchfield Garden Club
  • The Mad Gardeners
  • Milford Library
  • Menunkatuck Chapter, Connecticut Audubon Society
  • Naugatuck Garden Club
  • New Canaan Garden Club
  • Garden Club of New Haven
  • Garden Club of Newtown
  • Newington Library
  • North Stonington Garden Club
  • Garden Club of Old Greenwich
  • Old Lyme Garden Club,
  • Redding Garden Club
  • Sasqua Garden Club, Fairfield
  • Shelton Garden Club and Plumb Memorial Library
  • Simsbury Garden Club
  • Southbury Garden Club
  • South Windsor Garden Club
  • Suffield Garden Club
  • Tolland Garden Paths Club
  • Westport Garden Club
  • Wilton Garden Club
  • Washington Garden Club
  • The Woman’s Club of Greenwich


  • Charles River Valley Garden Club, Dover
  • Groton Garden Club
  • Sherborn Garden Club
  • Wellfleet Gardeners

New York

  • The Garden Club of Dobbs Ferry
  • The Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson
  • Millbrook Garden Club
  • Taconic Gardeners Club
  • Three Harbors Garden Club, Cold Spring

New Jersey

  • The Garden Club of Fair Haven
  • Garden Club of Princeton
  • Princeton Contemporary Garden Club

Rhode Island

  • Gentian Garden Club, North Scituate