Gabriela Rocha is the labeling coordinator at the Chicago Botanic Garden. She started working in the Living Plant Documentation department as a volunteer eight years ago. Now, as part of the staff, five years later, she is in charge of labeling 5,000 seasonal plants annually and 2.6 million permanent plants. Rocha and her volunteers collaborate with the horticulture staff to provide labels for permanent and temporary plants and special exhibitions. She also generates accession tags for woody plants and trees, which are a key part in the management of the plant collections in this living museum. Rocha also is a frequent speaker on behalf of the Garden on a radio station for Spanish-speaking audiences.
Before joining the Garden, Rocha worked in the agricultural field in Mexico. Working for a nonprofit organization, she supervised scientific projects of agriculture, natural resources, and livestock for federal and state programs. She has a B.S. from Agriculture Technological Institute in Mexico.