Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Delta Quadrant, MD USA
MD DC VA meetup
Let's meetup at GWAPA's July meeting at the Walker Nature Center in beautiful Reston, VA on July 28th at 1:30 PM.
Walker Nature Education Center
11450 Glade Drive
Reston, VA 20191
This month we will have a wonderful guest speaker Karen Randall. Karen will be talking about her collecting trips in Thailand.
Karen Randall grew up with aquariums as a child. While experienced in many facets of the aquarium hobby, as an adult her focus turned to a concentration in planted display aquariums and the study and propagation of aquatic plants. Her articles and photography have been published in six languages in 9 countries. For many years she authored the monthly column, “Sunken Gardens” in Aquarium Fish Magazine. She is an international speaker on aquarium subjects.
Karen is past president of the Boston Aquarium Society, and serves on the board of the Aquatic Gardeners Association. She was editor of the AGA magazine, The Aquatic Gardener for 5 years and is now technical editor of the magazine. She has served as a judge for both the AGA Aquascaping Contest and the Aqua Design Amano International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest since their inception. In 2010 she had the pleasure to serve as a speaker and jury member for the prestigious live international contest, “The Art of the Planted Aquarium” held in Hannover, Germany. She has also served as a consultant on several major projects at public aquaria.
She has traveled to South and Central America, Thailand and Taiwan as well as the southern part of the U.S. to study aquatic plants and biotopes in the wild. In Brazil she has assisted with Project Piaba, a conservation program in the Amazon centered on the aquarium fish trade. She regularly does programs on this topic for groups ranging from school children to garden clubs and church organizations.
Karen started a program a number of years ago to put aquariums in many classrooms in the local public elementary school. Now, with her own children grown, this program is still going strong. In 2003 she was awarded the Northeast Council of Aquarium Society’s Betty Mueller Award; a life-time award for her outreach work and other contributions to the aquarium hobby.