Press Release 1/11/17 (Kent, Connecticut) – News of declining bee populations and growing awareness that pollinators are really important has prompted gardeners all over the country to take action – in their own yards and communities. Come delve into the fascinating world of pollination with Karen Bussolini, in a talk full of insight, practical advice and gorgeous photographs. Join the Kent Memorial Library and the Kent Garden Club as they welcome this widely-published garden photographer, speaker, writer, NOFA-Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and eco-friendly garden coach on Saturday, January 28, 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall, 41 Kent Green Boulevard, Kent. The topic is “Planting The Year-Round Pollinator Garden.” This event is free and open to the public. To register or for more information call the Library, 860-927-3761; email firstname.lastname@example.org; stop by the Library; or visit the Library’s online calendar at kentmemoriallibrary.org. Snowdate is Saturday, February 4.
There is a growing awareness that pollinators are important, and that they’re in trouble. We know that pollinators need flowers and that they are responsible for much of the food we eat, but we’re maybe a little vague on the details. Pollinators, particularly insect pollinators, do need flowers – lots of flowers, and the right kinds of flowers – so diversity and quantity are big factors. But let’s back up a bit. Why are there flowers in the first place? And for that matter, why are there fruits and berries? Surely they didn’t evolve just for human pleasure and sustenance. There’s more to it, and it’s a fascinating story of interrelationships. Learn which ones do it best, why bees (especially native bees) are extra important, what are the high-value plants and critical times of year, how to recognize and preserve pollinator habitats, foster diversity and support pollinators year round.
Some pollinators are better at the job than others, just as some flowers are more valuable food sources. Bees and other insects are key – they give a snapshot of the health of the entire ecosystem. Like all living things, they need good habitat – nesting places, resting places, hibernation sites, mating opportunities, food and water, in a non-toxic environment.
This is not a bee i.d. presentation, its about best plants and practices. Gardeners are uniquely able to support the entire life cycle of beneficial insects and other pollinators. Good plant choices and land care, coupled with simple awareness of the living world buzzing all around us make all the difference. After all, we’re not just cultivating flowers, we’re cultivating habitat.
Karen Bussolini has been a gardener as long as she can remember. She trained as a painter and had a career as an architectural photographer before turning her attention entirely to gardens. Her work explores the many ways gardening connects us to our place on earth and to each other.
She will be happy to answer questions before, during and after her talk, and to sign or inscribe copies of her books, which will be for sale (cash or check). The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook ($29.95 softcover, $39.95 hardcover, plus tax) and The Naturescaping Workbook ($24.95 plus tax).
Garden photographer, writer, speaker and Eco-friendly garden coach Karen Bussolini is a lifelong organic gardener and lover of nature. Her art background and focus on environmental topics – ecological landscaping, native plants, biodiversity, xeriscaping, organic gardening, planting for wildlife, pollinators and other beneficial insects – inform every aspect of her work. Her slide talks, which combine beautiful original images, recent scientific findings, personal observations, hands-on experience and a touch of humor, have been well received from coast to coast.
Her photographs have been published in every major garden magazine and in hundreds of books. She frequently contributes photo/text packages to national magazines, notably The American Gardener (The American Horticultural Society) and Wildflower, (The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center). As a photographer, she has six books to her credit, including The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard, The Homeowner’s Complete Tree and Shrub Handbook and Elegant Silvers which she also co-authored.
Closer to home, Karen gardens on a deer-infested mountainside in South Kent, CT. She is a NOFA (Northeast Organic Farmers Assoc.) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional with a satisfying and busy Eco-friendly garden coaching practice devoted to teaching homeowners how to garden in a more environmentally sustainable way, to create healthy yards that are full of life, diversity and delight.
For information on eco-friendly garden coaching services, talks, articles, books and more, please visit karenbussolini.com.