Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park
Nominated by Zonta Club President Rhonda Estes.
Karen Schmidt is a retired educator who was employed in the field of education for 35 years as a speech pathologist, classroom teacher, learning disability consultant, special education director, and elementary school principal.
Since 2007, Karen has acted as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. She does not garner a pay check for her work, instead she puts in endless volunteer hours and dedicates herself to the operation and sustenance of the gardens. Under Karen’s leadership the Botanic Garden has become a popular regional attraction as well as a popular wedding destination.