This is a quick review of the Aquascaping presentation which Karen Randall did at our GSAS meeting last night. It was an absolutely excellent presentation! This was the third time GSAS has invited Karen to Seattle from her home in the Boston area over the last 10 years or so. Although I was not a member of GSAS at the time of her previous visits, I understand her previous lectures were also excellent and very well received.
The first segment of the presentation encompassed the design principles utilized in designing a dramatic and effective aquascape. It covered discussion of aquarium size and dimensions, the Rule of Thirds, Golden Mean or Ratio, use of open space, leaf textures and colors, converging lines, and several other design aspects.
The second part of the presentation was a pictorial review of some of the top winners and place finishers in the AGA and ADA Aquascaping Contests over the last 10 or so years. Not only did we get to see how the design principles she had covered were implemented in those aquascapes, but we also got the perspective of an ADA / AGA judge on the attributes of the various designs.
If you have to opportunity to attend one of Karen’s presentations in the future, or if your club is looking for an excellent speaker on Aquascaping or Aquatic Plant collecting, I would certainly recommend Karen Randall.