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Karen Randall

Karen A. Randall grew up with aquariums as a child. While experienced in many facets of the aquarium hobby, as an adult she turned her focus 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 nine 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 five 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 its inception. In 2010 she served 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.

Karen travels frequently to study aquatic plants in the wild. She has traveled extensively in South and Central America and Southeast Asia as well as the southern parts of the United States. 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 including 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. 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.

In her spare time, Karen maintains a number of perennial gardens on her small horse farm, and trains and shows both dogs and horses.