The Dirt on GardenOpus
a legacy of mudpies
About Robert F. Gabella and GardenOpus
I'm an accomplished gardener (or like to think so), and live in DuPage County, just west of Chicago IL. Though I've killed a few plants along the way that is part of the journey for us all, and I have managed to take local, regional, and national awards for exhibition at Standard Flower and Vegetable shows, as well as at shows sanctioned by the American Iris Society and the American Hemerocallis Society.
I have long been at work on GardenOpus, a collection of new essays along with updates of previously published work, with original photography and artwork.
I breed and select reblooming Iris and Hemerocallis (Daylilies), and have also worked with Echinacea, Roses and hardy Lycoris (first Rose and Lycoris seedlings were germinated in 2011). Check out my Daylily and Iris Seedlings on Facebook. For several years I produced and sold container-grown perennials from my home. I now provde consulting, sales, color and enhancement design, and procurement services to independent landscape services firms. Through Allies and independently, I also provide design and project management services to a select group of residential landscape clients.
Through a long career as Horticulturist, Business Manager and Consultant I've worked within various niches of the Ornamental Horticulture Industry and have a unique perspective on the relationship of genetics owners, growers, brokers, distributors and service providers to both home and commercial gardeners. In addition to my degrees in Ornamental Horticulture and Business Management, my current graduate program is now complete as of April, 2012, and combines the quantitative and practical elements of the MBA – Marketing with the strategic and theoretical elements of the MLD – Leadership.
Some have asked what ever happened to my selection of Echinacea purpurea, Twist of Fate™ - though twisting was unstable, it has produced interesting seedlings which are under continued evaluation and testing.