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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Roy Diblik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Diblik got his start in studying and growing plants with his work at the Natural Garden Nursery in St. Charles, Illinois. He teaches at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Diblik is noted perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. He has been involved with many projects in Chicago including the new Oceanarium at Shedd Aquarium, a garden for the modern wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Luri Garden at Millennium Park. A member of the Timber Press Speakers Bureau, Diblik is a sought-after speaker and regularly addresses audiences across the country. He is a contributor to ''Illinois Landscape Contractor'', ''Chicagoland Gardening Magazine'' and ''Wisconsin Gardening Magazine''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Roy Diblik's Small Perennial Gardens: The Know Maintenance Approach
ISBN: 188763200X

American Nurseryman Publishing Company. 2008

Roy Diblik knows perennials for 30 years, he's been growing, studying, and planting them. In this unique approach to designing with perennials, he creates communities of compatible plants that live well together, support each other, and establish quickly to become gorgeous, glorious gardens that require minimal care. Diblik states with authority that his gardens require an average of 15 to 20 minutes of maintenance every 10 to 14 days.

In Diblik's first book, he shares his knowledge in an easy-to-follow style that gives the reader immediate access to the Know Maintenance Approach-and to gardening success. He offers blueprints for 38 garden options, each presented in convenient grid format and accompanied by a list of the recommended plants. Water color illustrations throughout the book represent plants and gardens, and photographs of several of Diblik's installations provide real-life inspiration.

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden
ISBN: 1604693347

Timber Press. 2014

“A veritable goldmine for gardeners.” —Plant Talk

We’ve all seen gorgeous perennial gardens packed with color, texture, and multi-season interest. Designed by a professional and maintained by a crew, they are aspirational bits of beauty too difficult to attempt at home. Or are they?

The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden makes a design-magazine-worthy garden achievable at home. The new, simplified approach is made up of hardy, beautiful plants grown on a 10x14 foot grid. Each of the 62 garden plans combines complementary plants that thrive together and grow as a community. They are designed to make maintenance a snap. The garden plans can be followed explicitly or adjusted to meet individual needs, unlocking rich perennial landscape designs for individualization and creativity.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Diblik can be requested through the Timber Press Speakers Bureau Webpage at http.