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Vanek - Drawer - Naperville, Illinois, USA

Karen Vanek

Naperville, Illinois, USA



  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


I can sketch and draw landscape design plans and produce renderings. I am able to teach introduction to drawing and introduction to landscape drawing.

Work History

Research Technician

Argonne National Laboratory

May 2008 - April 2012

I purified, crystallized and studied mammalian proteins for use in protein crystallography and structural genomics.


Front Yard Face-Lift

For 1.5 hrs of effort, we created 1.5 YEARS + of weed-suppressing landscape. My friend and I gave this yard in Milwaukee a landscaping facelift in under 90 minutes! We cleaned up the edge of the flower bed, cut down the weeds, generously layered cardboard on top of the weedy areas, mulched, and sunk flower pots into the landscaping to add versatility. No chemicals or power tools. Cardboard works way better than landscaping fabric while taking materials out of the waste-stream and building soil. Let me know what you think!

Inspiration Edible Forest Garden

I am a part of a crowdsourcing campaign to complete a demonstration forest garden in Naperville, IL - a suburb of Chicago. Check it out, enjoy the permaculture spoof and spread the word! If you would like to promote having forest gardens in your neighborhood, then contributing to this cause will help to realize the vision. Thank you everyone for your support!

Qualifications & Certifications

Bachelor of Science

Loyola University Chicago

Naperville Central High School

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