Spring into Vegetable Gardening
Lisa Hilgenberg, Horticulturist, Regenstein Chicago Botanic Garden
Taming the Wild Ones-Welcoming Native Plants into a Garden
Beth Botts, Author Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening
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.
Urban Composting/Healthy Soils
Bill Shores, Urban Edible, Garden Consultant
Planting for Pollinators
Jan Sorensen, Native Plant Specialist, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery