Oct 19th, 2013
Karen Randall - What makes a successful “plant biotope”, and how they differ and are alike, all around the world. This presentation covers many of the exotic locations Karen has traveled to looking for aquatic plants, and how to successfully recreate the biotopes in an aquarium.
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 extensively in South and Central America and South East Asia as well as the southern parts 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 these topics as well as aquatic gardening for groups ranging from aquarium clubs, school children, 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 schools. 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.
Also at this meeting:
- BAP submissions
- Grimey Award
- Plant packages
- Possibly delivery of Club Swag.
We usually take the speaker out after the meeting. Plan to join us after the meeting at the Great Dane – East side (876 Jupiter Drive… about a mile from the meeting location).
Location: Dream Lanes (13 Atlas Ct., Madison)
Time: Doors open at 11:00, meeting gets started at 11:30