Barb Gyarmathy was amazed earlier this year that renowned landscape designer Roy Diblik had agreed to come to the Beverly Arts Center (BAC) to speak to members of the Garden Club of Morgan Park/Beverly Hills and other residents who have a green thumb.
Now, she’s overjoyed that Diblik has designed one of his vintage gardens that is being created in the courtyard at the BAC, 2407 W. 111th St.
Since his visit five months ago, Diblik has returned twice to work with the garden club to install the “Roy Diblik Garden of Living Art.”
The latest gathering was on Aug. 3 for a day of planting. Diblik first visited the BAC on March 6 to talk about his latest book, “Coming to Know Plants: Understanding Plant Relationships in the Garden.”
Gyarmathy said attendance at the BAC presentation was great.
“We almost filled the Baffes Theatre,” Gyarmathy said. “People were waiting an hour afterwards to speak with him. Those who know him are just amazed that he’s doing this. This is just so exciting for the South Side and especially for Beverly.”
Diblik’s installations can be seen at several prominent locations in the city, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium and the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, where Gyarmathy he is employed.
Diblik, a Berwyn native, was the plant purchasing coordinator for the Lurie Garden, and he grew over 11,000 of the plants used in the first planting there in 2003.
The garden at the BAC, which is situated in the northwest portion of its courtyard, is full of perennials and native plants, including four hydrangeas, 12 alliums, 15 calamintha nepetas, echinacea, salvia and sesleria, a perennial plant in the grass family.
Gyarmathy was thrilled watching plans come together, she said, as Diblik took the ideas in his head and then began drilling holes and positioning plants around the space, creating what she called a “mini Lurie Garden.”
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