Meet the Columbus District Director – Karen Ciula

Karen Ciula image (2)My love of gardening and playing with flowers began on the farm in Hocking County where I grew up in the relatively carefree ‘50s.  Both my Mother and Grandmother maintained large gardens where flowers grew alongside the vegetables.  There was also a stream and forest on the property full of plants to study and rocks to collect.  Plus there was also the monthly visit from the county bookmobile to satisfy my love of reading and learning.


I met Jerry, my future husband, at Ohio University, and we married a week after my graduation.  I was a school library media specialist and English teacher in Pickerington for several years until our daughter and son were born.  I had the good fortune to be able to stay at home with our children during their early years, but went back to the Ohio State University for a Masters Degree in Educational Communications with a renewal of my career as media specialist and English teacher in Westerville schools.


After retirement in 2000, I joined the Creative Arrangers Guild and Oakhaven Garden  Club in Gahanna.  I have also been active in the Central Ohio Hosta Society and the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society, serving both as exhibition judge and show chair.  I serve as liaison with the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden to develop and maintain the Ohio Hybridizers Historical Daylily Garden and the Ward Hosta Garden.  I am looking forward to my term as Columbus District Director and a continuing officer of the Greater Columbus Council of Garden Clubs.