September 2018 Meeting

Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 8:35 am

Viktor Gyorffy will host our next meeting on September 22nd at 1:00pm in Gaithersburg, MD. Our world-renowned guest speaker, Karen Randall, will talk about her recent plant collecting trip to Borneo. This is a great opportunity to see were some of our most interesting plants come from in the hobby.
We will also hold our regular monthly auction. Members and non-members are welcome!

At the request of the host, please be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering the house.

Septmeber 22nd at 1:00pm
23701 Eli Lane
Gaithersburg, MD

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 multiple languages and publications around the world. 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 is technical editor of the AGA magazine, The Aquatic Gardener. She has served has a judge for both the AGA International Aquascaping Contest and the Aqua Design Amano International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest as well as serving on the jury of a number of live aquascaping contests. 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 South East Asia as well as the southern parts of the U.S. She has assisted with Project Piaba, a conservation program in the Brazilian 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. 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.

Her book, “Sunken Gardens, A Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Freshwater Aquariums” was published in 2017.


From I-495:

  • Slight right onto I-270 N (signs for Frederick) 8.2 mi
  • Take exit 9 for I-370 toward Metro Station/Sam Eig Hwy 499 ft
  • Merge onto Interstate 270 N 0.7 mi
  • Take exit 9A-9B for I-370 E/Sam Eig Hwy toward Metro Station 0.2 mi
  • Take exit 9A to merge onto I-370 E toward Metro Station/Gaithersburg/Town Center 1.8 mi
  • Take the exit toward Shady Grove Rd 0.5 mi
  • Take exit 3A for Shady Grove Road E 0.3 mi
  • Merge onto Shady Grove Rd 1.6 mi
  • Continue onto Airpark Rd 1.8 mi
  • Turn right onto MD-124 N/Woodfield Rd 5.8 mi
  • Turn right onto Garfield Dr 0.1 mi
  • Take the 1st left onto Eli Ln. Destination will be on the right
  • At the request of the host, please be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering the house.