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A blog for Chicago Master Gardeners providing information on volunteer opportunities, training, workshops and resources.
Gloriosa Daisies in between tomatillos and eggplant

Welcome Sue Gasper

Posted by Ron Wolford -

We want to welcome Sue Gasper to our staff. Sue's main responsibility will be to coordinate our efforts at the Smart Home Garden. Her official title is Academic Hourly: Environmental Programs.

Sue is a native of the Chicago area. She grew up in south suburban Harvey and attended Loyola University where she obtained a BS in Chemistry. In the fall of 1992, Sue started graduate school in organic chemistry at the University of Illinois in Urbana where she met her husband, Jim. In 1995 they moved to Atlanta, GA so Sue could finish her doctorate with her thesis advisor who relocated to GA Tech. Sue graduated in 1998 and moved to upstate NY to work at Corning Incorporated's core research division. After working at Corning for 10 years as an individual contributor and project manager, Sue moved back to Chicago in January 2008 for her husband's job. Sue developed her passion for gardening as a homeowner in GA and NY where she focused on decorative annuals and perennials, and herbs for culinary purposes. Upon moving to Chicago, Sue took the opportunity to attend the Master Gardener training at Garfield Park and CHAS. Since completing the training in April of 2008, Sue has logged in over 150 volunteer hours at the MSI Smart Home, Lincoln Park Zoo vegetable garden and the Garfield Park Conservatory demo garden.



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