Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips


  • Gardening Tips-Fruit trees

    March 26, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about the anatomy of a fruit tree.
  • Gardening Tips-Growing your own food

    March 19, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about planning a vegetable garden.
  • Gardening Tips-St Patrick's day and beer

    March 12, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about St. Patrick’s Day and the essential ingredient in beer. Hops.
  • Gardening Tips-Organic symbol

    March 5, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about what the organic symbol really means.
  • Gardening Tips For 2-28-15-Fruit Trees

    February 27, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about the anatomy of a fruit tree.
  • Gardening Tips-Floral crafts

    February 19, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, gives tips for floral crafts from Valentine’s bouquets.
  • Gardening Tips-Vanilla

    February 13, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, says vanilla comes from a plant.
  • Gardening Tips-Fruit trees

    February 5, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, says fruit trees need to spend time in cold temperatures to be productive.
  • Gardening Tips-Gardening trends

    January 29, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about food garden trends for 2015
  • Gardening Tips-Great garden layouts

    January 26, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, says studying layouts of great gardens teaches much about planting design.
  • Gardening Tips-Evergreen trees

    January 17, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, says identifying evergreen trees can be a fascinating pastime in the winter garden.
  • Gardening Tips-Give light to house plants

    January 12, 2015

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, gives gardening tips for healthy houseplants.
  • Gardening Tips-Christmas tree after Christmas

    December 30, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, gives tips for recycling your Christmas tree.
  • Gardening Tips- Grapes

    December 24, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, gives a champagne toast to growing grapes.
  • Gardening Tips-Growing houseplants

    December 20, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about growing holiday houseplants indoors.
  • Gardening Tips For 12-13-14

    December 12, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, talks about safe snow removal for your garden.
  • Gardening Tips For 12-6-14

    December 6, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, gives tips on how to care for Poinsettias.
  • Gardening Tips

    November 26, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden talks about tree nuts-Pecans.
  • Gardening Tips For Saturday 11-22-14

    November 21, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden, says remember to say thanks for the famer who supplied the vegetables for Thanksgiving.
  • Gardening Tips for 11-15-14

    November 14, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden talks about foraging for festive arrangements.
  • Gardening Tips for 11-8-14

    November 8, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden talks about preparing roses for winter.
  • Gardening Tips For 11-1-14

    October 31, 2014

    Tips on maintaining your garden, plants and flowers year-round.
  • Gardening Tips For 10-26-14

    October 24, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden talks about how to plant and protect trees in November.
  • Gardening Tips For 10-18-14

    October 17, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden talks about choosing a pumpkin.
  • Gardening Tips For 10-11-14

    October 11, 2014

    Horticulturalist Lisa Hilgenberg, from Chicago Botanic Garden talks about fall bulbs for spring blooms.
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Gardening Tips: Lawn Repair

Dull yellow spots, bare patches and slow growth are signs your lawn needs repair. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg form Chicago Botanic Garden with tips on turf repair. Mid-August through early September provides the ideal conditions to […]

WBBM Newsradio–08/23/2014

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Gardening Tips: August Tree & Shrub Care

Take care of your trees and shrubs during the hot, dry days of August. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from Chicago Botanic Garden with your gardening tips for the week. Continue to water newly planted trees and […]

WBBM Newsradio–08/16/2014

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Gardening Tips: Corn, An American Grain

Quintessentially American: corn- whether dent, sweet, pop or flint- is part of our cultural identity and essential to our economy. Illinois is the heart of the Corn Belt and State Fair time is a good […]

WBBM Newsradio–08/09/2014

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Gardening Tips: Growing The Best Hydrangeas For Chicago

Showy, long blooming hydrangeas are old fashioned favorites in the garden and newer cultivars are more adaptable and easier to grow. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from Chicago Botanic Garden with gardening tips for the week. Siting […]

WBBM Newsradio–08/02/2014

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Gardening Tips: Caring for Summer Annuals

By Lisa Hilgenberg Lush and colorful in hanging baskets or container gardens- long blooming annual plants are providing the show in our summer gardens. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden with gardening tips […]

07/26/2014

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Gardening Tips: Common Summer Pests

By Lisa Hilgenberg Abundant spring rain encouraged lush new plant growth which now presents a target for insects. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden with tips for controlling damaging insects in your garden. […]

07/19/2014

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Gardening Tips: Controlling Garden Weeds

By Lisa Hilgenberg Hot weather of summer can push unwanted weed growth in gardens and lawns I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from Chicago Botanic Garden with some tips for controlling garden weeds. Weeds are unwanted plants growing […]

07/12/2014

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Gardening Tips: Summer Watering

By Lisa Hilgenberg Plants in the garden need a continuous supply of moisture to grow well when weather is hot and dry. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from the Chicago Botanic Garden with your summer watering tips. […]

07/05/2014

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Gardening Tips: Perennial Pruning and Maintenance

By Lisa Hilgenberg Spring flowering perennials can be pruned after flowering, a garden task usually done in June. Perennials are plants that live for two or more years dying back to the ground each winter […]

06/28/2014

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Gardening Tips: Growing Culinary Herbs

By Lisa Hilgenberg Growing culinary herbs is economical and the harvest punches up flavor in the fresh foods and cool drinks of summer. Herbs are beautiful and low maintenance grown in containers. Pest and disease […]

06/21/2014

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Gardening Tips: Helping Pollinators

By Lisa Hilgenberg Help pollinators by planting a diversified home garden. Honeybees, bumble bees, butterflies and native pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. They are disappearing due […]

06/14/2014

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Gardening Tips: Homegrown Tomatoes

By Lisa Hilgenberg There’s hardly a gardening pleasure more popular than planting and harvesting homegrown tomatoes. Tomatoes are a warm season crop and should be planted outdoors early in June when the danger of frost […]

06/07/2014