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.
Hilgenberg has been with the Garden since 2010, following a career as a licensed realtor in Illinois. She began as a seasonal assistant horticulturist for the Graham Bulb Garden and Farwell Landscape Garden, and was promoted to a full-time horticulturist in 2011. Hilgenberg has a bachelor of arts degree in geology with a minor in French from the University of Iowa. She also attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, and earned her horticulture credentials at the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Hilgenberg is a native Minnesotan who embraces her Century Farm heritage (all four of her great-grandparents emigrated from Norway, and their farms, which have been in her family for more than 130 years, are being run by her father).