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Session Speakers

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Spring into Vegetable Gardening

Lisa Hilgenberg, Horticulturist, Regenstein Chicago Botanic Garden

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Taming the Wild Ones-Welcoming Native Plants into a Garden

Beth Botts, Author Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening

Morning Sessions

Lisa Hilgenberg is the horticulturist for the Fruit & Vegetable Garden. Hilgenberg manages this 3.8-acre edible garden using organic gardening methods and curates the permanent collection of edible plants in the Fruit & Vegetable Garden to ensure that the Garden is displaying the best selections for the Chicago area. She leads a team of three seasonal workers and 30 volunteers.

Beth Botts has written hundreds of articles about gardens and nature for publications including the Chicago Tribune and magazines including Organic Gardening, Country Gardens and Chicagoland Gardening. Raised on the South Side of Chicago by an organic gardener, she now gardens in deep shade on the north side of a four-story apartment building. She crowds her roses into one small bed where the sun sneaks between the trees and grows tomatoes and herbs on the third-floor porch.

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Urban Composting/Healthy Soils

Bill Shores, Urban Edible, Garden Consultant

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Planting for Pollinators

Jan Sorensen, Native Plant Specialist, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery

Afternoon Sessions

Bill Shores has been involved in small-scale, intensive gardening and food production for the past 20 years. Bill specializes in space-efficient gardening systems suited to the urban/suburban environment including container gardens, indoor gardens, raised beds, rooftop gardens, and intensively planted small space, in-ground gardens, all of which utilize season extension, composting and plant propagation techniques.

Jan Sorensen is passionate about the land, she pursues a life and career that facilitate, perpetuate and enhances the popularity, use and understanding of regional natives in sustainable landscapes. Jan enjoys working with and developing a team and has applied intelligent, creative solutions to promote success in an atmosphere that highly respects and understands our natural world.