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Lisa Hilgenberg

Lisa Hilgenberg

Lisa Hilgenberg

Lisa Hilgenberg manages the 3.8 acre Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden as well as being a contributor to WBBM Newsradio’s “Gardening Tips” segment.

Leading a crew of 4 and a team of 30 horticulture volunteers, 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 vegetables 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.

You can follow Lisa on Twitter @hilgenberg8.

Want more gardening tips?  You can read other online articles or listen to previous podcast episodes from WBBM Newsradio’s Gardening Tips segment.