Gardening Tips

Fall Gardening Tips

(CBS) — Fall gardening tips from Tim Pollack at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 1. Overwintering Dahlias and Cannas -Dig before the first hard frost, they can tolerate temps in the low 30’s and light frost, […]


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Gardening Tips: Native Trees To Plant Now

Many of us have lost trees this year and this fall provides a great opportunity to increase diversity as we fill those holes in the landscape. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from Chicago Botanic Garden with your […]

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2014

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Gardening Tips: Victory Gardens

Victory gardens were planted in the United States during World War II insuring an adequate supply of vegetables for American citizens by freeing up resources for the war effort. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg of the Chicago […]

WBBM Newsradio–09/13/2014

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Gardening Tips: Seed Saving

Autumn harvest is the time to think about saving seeds for next year’s vegetable or flower garden. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from Chicago Botanic Garden with gardening tips for the week. Seeds best for saving are […]

WBBM Newsradio–09/06/2014

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Gardening Tips: Defining Heirlooms And Hybrids

Harvest time is the best time to think about saving seeds and preserving garden diversity in next year’s flower or vegetable garden. I’m Lisa Hilgenberg from Chicago Botanic Garden with gardening tips for the week. […]


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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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Ask A Chicago Expert: How To Start Your Dream Garden

Where should you go for gardening advice in the Chicago area? A gardening expert gives the scoop on how to set up your Chicago garden this spring.


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Tips for Preparing Your Vegetable Garden This Summer

Are you considering growing your own vegetables to save money and eat healthier? Growing a garden takes some advanced planning, as well as a great deal of time, patience and effort. Utilize these 10 helpful tips to prepare your garden and make it flourish.