Veronica Shaughnessy, Horticulture Professional

Professional Experience

  • Server at Flossmoor Station Brewing Co (May 2017 – Present)
  • Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Extension – Cook County (May 2014 – Jul 2015)
  • Head Grower, Sterling Farms, LLC DBA Grow Up – Greater Chicago Area (Mar 2013 – May 2014)
  • Florist Team Member, Whole Foods – Lincoln Park (Jul 2013 – Dec 2013)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University – Lafayette, Indiana Area (Aug 2010 – Jul 2012)
  • Teacher’s Assistant, Purdue University – Lafayette, Indiana Area (Dec 2011 – May 2012)
  • Assistant Manager, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Plant Care Facility (May 2007 – May 2010)


About Veronica

Veronica Shaughnessy is an editor for articles related to gardening and horticulture. Shaughnessy majored in horticulture from Purdue University with a focus on sustainability in floriculture. During her time at the university, she assisted in teaching plant propagation as well as conducted and published floriculture research. Prior to that, Shaughnessy had studied horticulture production and management in great depth during her undergraduate days at the University of Illinois. It was here that her practical experience with horticulture began, as she interned at the university’s own plant care facility.

Shaughnessy’s connection to nature and the earth is underpinned by a passion to align the needs of the environment with that of the community in a mutually beneficial way. She has been an active member of the urban farming community for over 5 years, working as a community educator, a landscaper, a grower, a researcher, and a florist. Whether it be urban farming, floral design, vegetable, and ornamental gardening or greenhouse production, every facet of horticulture intrigues Shaughnessy as she continues to build upon her current knowledge and expertise by delving further into them.

What started as a simple form of cathartic release, has now developed into much more meaningful and overarching life mission for this horticulture enthusiast. And nothing satisfies Shaughnessy more than sharing this therapeutic joy and her pool of horticulture knowledge with other keen nature lovers.



  • Master of Science (MS), Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services, Purdue University (2010 – 2012)
  • Bachelor’s degree, Horticultural Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006 – 2010)


Activities and Societies

Pi Alpha Xi National Horticulture Honors Society, Horticulture Club, Floriculture Club.