Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Combining his 35 years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials, he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal. Roy can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BALL SEED HEADQUARTERS IN WEST CHICAGO, IL.
The newly constructed building had a prairie seeded in front of it that ended up consisting of 5 aggressive and one modestly aggressive natives. Sorghastrum nutans, Andropogon gerardii, Solidago rigida, Aster novae-anglie Ratibida pinnata and Bouteloua curtipendula. Our goal was to keep the nature inspired concept but raise the level of diversity and enhance the interpretation of beauty.
I am looking forward to working with Ball Seed and Jim Nau to create a diverse garden that can be enhanced with annuals at each stage of the gardens development and continually as the years go by. The importance of horticulture is not to limit ourselves to simple solutions but expand our practices to consist of smart solutions being thoughtful about diversity, maintenance, the interaction of other creatures and beauty.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA. PRIVATE HOME
Working again with Piet Oudolf on a large planting for a private home built in a valley along the Missouri river. Piet has developed strong interactive gardens on sloping loess soils relating beautifully to the surrounding area. The beds have scattered grass matrix with moment to moment texture and color changes.
I will be laying out the garden patterns and labeling each areas plant needs before Piet gets to the site. He will then lay out the combinations and make some adjustments as the patterns evolve. I will keep you updated with the progress of this planting once we begin.
A NEW CONTEMPORARY PERENNIAL GARDEN AT THE KLEHM ARBORETUM IN ROCKFORD, IL.
This is an exciting project for me. I’m looking forward to working with everyone at the Arboretum. Dan Riggs the Director worked long and hard to acquire a grant that will develop the garden and coordinated with local volunteers to do the installation. This is a true community effort. This planting will be done in mid June. We will be planting through dead turf, mulched with leaf compost and using a drill to do the planting. Again as this project gets closer I will keep you informed and maybe some of you would like to come out and be a part of the planting effort. I’m sure you’d be welcomed.