A weekly Saturday morning audio podcast of seasonal growing tips by Chicago Botanic Garden horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg on newsradio WBBM. Get past tips online at chicago.cbslocal.com/audio/gardening-tips/.
Lisa Hilgenberg manages the 3.8 acre Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Leading a crew of 4 and a team of 30 horticulture volunteers, along with summer interns, she curates and interprets a collection of 500 edible plants, two orchards and designs and installs season annual displays. During the 2013 season, 35,000 vegetable grew in the Fruit & Vegetable garden, producing a harvest of 6,200 pounds.
A native Minnesotan, Lisa's love for vegetable farming comes honestly…her family emigrated from Norway and began farming over 130 years ago and they still manage the family's century farm.
Lisa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in Geology and worked on certificates from the Joseph Regenstein School of the Chicago Botanic Garden in Professional Landscaping 1 and 2 and Ornamental Plant Identification and Garden Design.
Which trees will thrive in chicago in 2050?
Dr. Andrew Bell, curator of woody plants, talks about his study, Trees for 2050, which examines which trees now growing in the Chicago region will be able to thrive as we move into the 21st century.
The Mike Nowak Show, September 24, 2013
Gardening 101 with the Chicago Botanic Garden
Eliza Fournier, manager of the school and community gardens department at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, examines climate change's impact on gardening. What are your questions?
Afternoon Shift, May 22, 2013
Project Budburst's citizen science tracks Climate Change
Plants are shifting their bloom times to much earlier in the year for northern climates. Is it a sign of climate change? What drives bloom times of plants?
Afternoon Shift, March 5, 2012
Prairie Science Thrives at the Chicago Botanic Garden
The Dixon Prairie at the Chicago Botanic Garden seems to vibrate with trilling insects and blooming native plants. The plants are all native, so it's easy to forget that this prairie is hand-made.
CityRoom, September 24, 2009
New Plant Science Center Opens at Chicago Botanic Garden
The science of conserving the plants native to Illinois and the Midwest got a boost this week: a new research center north of Chicago is using science to save the prairie.
Eight-Forty-Eight, September 24, 2009
Benjamin Carroll, Senior Horticulturist
Benjamin Carol talks about eco-friendly gardening, rain gardens, attracting butterflies and more.
May 16, 2008
Kayri Havens, Ph.D., Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director, Institute for Plant Conservation speaks on NPR's Living on Earth about the importance of Project Budburst and tracking climate change.
February 15, 2008
Buckthorn Removal and Restoring Native Woodlands
Kayri Havens, Ph.D., Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director, Institute for Plant Conservation talks about the problem with buckthorn and why it needs to be removed.
Eight-Forty-Eight, January 24, 2008
Winter: the best time to Remove Buckthorn?
It's too cold to do most gardening these days. But to the Restoration Ecologist James Steffen, it's the perfect time to remove an invasive plant known as buckthorn.
Eight-Forty-Eight, January 24, 2008
Garden Welcomes New President Sophia Shaw
Chicago Botanic Garden president and CEO Sophia Shaw takes a walk through the Garden with Steve Edwards and Eight-Forty-Eight, discussing her plans for the Garden.
Eight-Forty-Eight, August 15, 2007
Green Youth Farm Cultivates Interest
Green Youth Farm Program Manager Angela Mason and students from Chicago's North Lawndale community speak on growing green thumbs with the help of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Eight-Forty-Eight, August 7, 2006
Learn Healthcare Garden Design at the Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden's Healthcare Garden Design program is profiled by NPR's Monique Parsons. Topics include how gardens affect health, and about designing gardens for hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical centers.
October 18, 2007