Create a self-contained landscape with the Karen Bussolini Planter

CLINTON — Karen Bussolini has been a gardener all her life and she hopes to share some of her knowledge in an upcoming presentation.

She trained as a painter and was an architectural photographer before specializing in garden photography, writing, speaking and eco-friendly garden framing/design.

Bussolini, also a certified organic landcare professional with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, is delighted to present on “Naturescaping,” via Zoom, at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 11, which will be hosted by the Free Public Library. of Bigelow.

“Landscaping is landscaping with nature – attracting and maintaining wildlife, using native and well-adapted plants, using resources wisely and avoiding environmental pollution,” Bussolini said. “But it also means landscaping like nature. Nobody plants, waters or fertilizes the forest or the grassland, and yet they survive – beautifully – on their own.

Landscaping, also called ecological landscaping, creates self-contained landscapes that function like nature.

“In my presentation, I will talk about the big picture of green thinking, practical tips, and images of sustainable yards and gardens that meet the needs of the people who use them, look attractive, and function like little ecosystems.” Bussolini said.

Her garden has been featured in numerous publications, including Anne Raver’s feature, “A Hillside of Feisty Beauties” in The New York Times.

Her garden photography has 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, Wildflower, Country Living Gardener, McCall’s, Home, Metropolitan Home, Yankee, The New York Times, Design New England and many other magazines, for which she has won several Garden Writers Association awards.

She has been the only photographer in six books about the garden and has contributed photos to hundreds of other books.

“When I photograph, I see the world through the eyes of a gardener and a painter,” she said.

Her writings about the garden have appeared in several magazines, as well as guest blogs and newspaper columns. She has lectured on gardens across the continent and given classes and workshops at such prestigious venues as the New York Botanical Garden.

In her personal life, she is a reiki practitioner, river swimmer, and a member of the Kent Singers, a classical vocal ensemble.

“My eco-friendly gardening coaching practice is dedicated to teaching homeowners how to garden more sustainably, focusing on creating healthy gardens that are resilient, full of life, diversity and fun,” said said Bussolini.

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