Eco-friendly Garden Coach Brainstorm

Garden Problem Solving with an Ecological Twist
Karen Bussolini, Garden Photographer, Writer, and Speaker and Eco-friendly Garden Coach

  • Friday, February 15, 2019 – 9:00 am11:00 am

My front walk is overgrown and slippery. How do I make a prettier entry garden?

When you don't love your garden or it's just too much work, putting your finger on what the problem might be isn't always easy, but it's the first step toward garden happiness. Maybe it's bad pruning (or none at all because it's too scary to start), site problems, awkward spaces, erosion, shade, dry or wet soil, wrong plant for the place, too few plants or too many, lack of character or color, high maintenance.

Karen will get the discussion going by showing before and after photos of gardens she worked on with homeowners in her capacity as an eco-friendly garden coach. It always helps to look at your garden with fresh eyes, so she will talk through her thought process when encountering a new property. Then we'll look at some "befores" for interactive brainstorming to get creative juices flowing. The session will be fun, friendly and informative—all ideas welcome.

before landscape photograph

Before garden renovation

after landscape photograph

After garden renovation

View a before and after slide show of Karen's work with her Eco-friendly Garden Coach clients.

Read more about Karen's eco-friendly garden coaching in an article she wrote for Connecticut Gardener in 2018.

Karen Bussolini

About Karen Bussolini

Karen Bussolini is a garden photographer, writer, speaker and an eco-friendly garden coach. A lifelong hands-on organic gardener and lover of nature, she has been contributing articles and photographs informed both by her fine arts background and her immersion in ecological landscaping and native plants, for more than 30 years. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Garden Design, House Beautiful, The American Gardener, Wildflower, and in hundreds of books.

Her six books (as sole photographer) include Storey Publishing 's The Homeowner 's Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook, authored by Penelope O 'Sullivan, The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, and Elegant Silvers, (which she co-authored), both published by Timber Press.

Karen 's slide talks and workshops engage, inform, and inspire audiences in venues across the nation. Closer to home, she gardens on a deer-infested mountainside in South Kent, Connecticut. She puts her NOFA Organic Land Care Professional accreditation to work in her eco-friendly garden coaching practice, teaching homeowners sustainable garden practices and creating healthy yards that are resilient, full of life, diversity, and delight.

$30.00 for members, $40.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 32 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this lecture.