5 Minutes With … Kara Kading
Kara Kading is director of events and marketing at Milaeger’s in Racine and Sturtevant, Wisconsin. She is also a GPN 40 Under 40 alumnus.
What do you love about your job?
I love that it’s always changing — every season and every day feels like a new adventure in the greenhouse. And I love that I get to be with my family every day.
What keeps you up at night?
The wind! I can never sleep when the wind is howling or during heavy rains because I always worry about the greenhouses or the stores flooding.
If you weren’t in this profession, what would you be doing?
A news anchor, or I’d love to have my own talk show! Jimmy Fallon is my inspiration!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love silent sports — canoeing, hiking, sailing, biking — just about anything outside any time of the year. I love to be in motion.
What’s something that few people know about you?
I used to be a professional roller skater and I was first in the state when I was in 8th grade!
Favorite plant to grow? Why?
This is hard because I’m an annuals girl and I love to make colorful mixed combinations. But if I had to narrow it down to just one plant, it would have to be begonias — I love all the different kinds, but especially the angel-wing types, or dragonwing. They perform so well in so many different conditions — sun or shade, they bloom like crazy!