Tom has 35 years as an electronic engineer and manager for the US Navy, took the Master Gardener training and was asked to work at a local large retail garden center which he then managed for five years. Since then, he taught greenhouse use for his city adult recreation program and built his own home, including a 7 X 24’ greenhouse. He has been married to Sherron for 54 years and they raised three successful daughters, have eight grandkids and a great granddaughter. Tom enjoys growing using hydroponics techniques and the many container and in-ground plantings. He is a 2000 hour instrument-rated private pilot but now he and Sherron enjoy travel by car and airline and have cruised 25 times so far.
The position of Vice President of the HGA has become available and you are invited to inquire about joining the HGA Board of officers. The HGA Board of Officers communicates via the internet performing any necessary HGA business by email activity.
The position needs only a few hours a month checking email activity and offering your in-sights in the directions of HGA activity serving our members. Your new fresh ideas may help lead the HGA going well into the future years. Interested members should contact President Tom Karasek at email
Retired in 2011. Technical degree in electrical / electronics.
Working career spanned 44 years working for Westinghouse Defense Division, secret security clearance; to working 13 years for a defense contractor before joining API in 1980. During twenty-one years at API, I enjoyed learning and working on robotic equipment. In retirement I love working in our three greenhouses where we grow annual plants for springtime sales.
I have lived in Iowa for the last 12 years with my husband. I manage the Purchasing Department for a Consumer Electronics Distributor, whom I have worked for 11 years. I moved from California 12 years ago, where I raised cactus. About 7 years ago, after moving to Iowa, we constructed a 10x15 greenhouse to allow me to raise the cactus inside a structure year round. email@example.com
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Dick lives in Norwalk, Iowa with a Lord and Burnham greenhouse built in 1992. He is a Master Gardener and is also involved in the Cactus and Succulent Society of America as a director. Obviously cactus and succulents are his favorite plants. He and his wife Cynde have been retired for several years.
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I've been a garden writer most of my 82 years and have worked with some phenomenal copyeditors, notably a Miss Prink (dangerously close to "misprint") at Macmillan, Miss Dorothy Chamberlain, retired from Good Housekeeping and copy editor for the 18-volume Good Housekeeping Encyclopedia of Gardening (for which I served as editor in chief) and finally my favorite, Cynthia Mitchell, who had a wicked sense of humor and was not above writing heads with double meaning that sometimes flirted with being naughty. Now these dear women are all gone and in their place we have software that auto corrects most writing sins or at least questions the syntax. When in doubt I now check the Associated Press Style Book. I dug and built a sun-heated pit greenhouse when I was about 10 years old and later owned several Lord and Burnham greenhouses. Now I volunteer in the Gardeners Show House at Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, which is how I became friends with Richard and Cynde Schreiber.
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I am a retired school teacher. I taught 25 years, almost all of it with middle school students. Fortunately I had lost most of my hair before I entered the classroom and so had almost nothing to pull out over the years. I spent 5 years as a high school librarian but went back into the classroom because I missed direct teaching. I was, among other things, the first school webmaster in our district, back in the days when public access to the internet was fairly new and webpages were coded by hand. Before teaching I spent several years as a computer operator (think tape drives and massive rooms full of equipment).
Admittedly I am a greenhouse novice. The story of the building of our greenhouse is one that my wife and I hope to write up and get in an HGA publication.
I tinker with Bonsai and am a member of the American Bonsai Society. But this too is new to me.
As far as the HGA website my primary mission to to see it is as useful to members and prospective members as can be. I want to see that the website continues to be a good gathering spot for seasoned indoor growers and is welcoming enough a place that newbies such a myself want to join. Please feel free to send concerns, problems, and ideas you have to me. You can send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org.