New Ways of Looking at Gardening

Tired of sitting through PowerPoint presentations by speakers who read the bullet points you’re already looking at on the screen and project pages crammed with lousy photos lifted off the internet?

You’ve come to the right place.

Whether the topic is naturescaping, gardens in winter or plant combinations, I always dig deep to offer new insights and images.



An engaging, visually stunning and informative session you’re sure to enjoy.

  • A dynamic, friendly, personal connection with the audience
  • Karen’s best images, selected to make a point – one at a time
  • Photos of inventive, inspiring gardens, public and private, by home gardeners and professional garden designers
  • Never just a list of plants – always diverse ways of thinking about our gardens
  • Fresh insights and good information tailored to your location and needs
  • Down-to-earth advice for people who garden in the real world
  • Speaking from experience – mine and gardeners all over the country
  • Discussion of aesthetic, environmental and practical concerns, including deer resistance, low-maintenance techniques, native plants, right plant/right place, attracting wildlife and pollinators
  • Poetic language with a touch of humor
  • A detailed handout with common and botanical plant names
  • Q & A for as long as you have Q’s – We gardeners all learn from each other
  • Book sales and signing after the talk if so desired
“Karen is one of the finest garden photographers working today. Combine her images with a winning and humorous speaking style and you have a one-two combination which is hard to beat. She leaves audiences feeling cheerful and inspired to get outside and be creative in their own gardens.”
Carol Stocker, Boston Globe garden columnist

About Karen Bussolini

Karen has presented slide talks and workshops across the continent, speaking to horticultural societies, garden clubs, museums and Master Gardener groups, and at public gardens, flower shows, trade shows, nurseries and educational seminars. She has taught at The New York Botanical Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, The Berkshire Botanical Garden, The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, CO and Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, AZ.

Check out some of her Previous Appearances

Photo of Karen Bussolini
“Karen Bussolini’s talk “Designing with Elegant Silvers” was beautifully illustrated with her photographs. Her delivery is informal and friendly, with quiet humor. The audience loved it and bought lots of her books. I can certainly recommend her as an in interesting, informative and endearing speaker.”
Pam Perryman, President, The Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group, Eugene, OR
“Karen is a wonderful presenter and speaks with a knowledge that comes from hands on experience. Her photography is beautiful and her approachability is greatly appreciated. Our garden club members are still talking about her presentation. She is a true professional and a great inspiration.”
Anne Baril, Gentian Garden Club, North Scituate, RI

Learn more about Karen’s garden talks …