Memorial Service for Art Gara

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Date(s) - 11/05/2017
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Oak Park Conservatory


In memorium: Art Gara, 74, owner of Art and Linda’s Wildflowers 
A passionate advocate for the use of native plants in the landscape, Art Gara was the creator of many beautiful gardens in Oak Park and River Forest. He died in his home on Friday, October 27, just a week after the death of his son, Herb Gara. 
Art’s love for the plants of the Chicago region and the wildlife they support drove the immense energy and creativity he brought to every garden he built. His enthusiasm had a way of infusing into the lives and minds of those whose gardens he cared for, and he was no small force in the growing awareness in the Chicago region of the crucial role native plants play in the conservation of water, the support of butterflies, bees, and birds, and in maintaining a healthy environment. 
Art’s was a big personality. His devotion to constant work, his quirky sense of humor, and his ever-present canine companion

Rain garden design by Art Gara. Photo: Art Smith

were hallmarks of a style his many loyal customers recall with fondness. More than just a provider of a service to his customers, Art became a fixture in people’s lives. One customer wrote that he always appreciated Art’s “showing up out of the blue, pointing me in the right direction with our wild garden,” and above all, “GREAT conversation.”  Another wrote, “Art created a piece of heaven on Earth through his wildflower gardens,” and still another, “Art, you forever changed how I see the world.”

Friends, associates, and customers will gather to celebrate Art’s life on Sunday, November 5 at the Oak Park Conservatory, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. 

9 Responses to “Memorial Service for Art Gara”

  1. Terry G. Grace

    Art was a long-time good friend. We shared a love for native plants for over 20 years. He was a lovable, irascible character always ready with that needling quip trying to make you laugh. He will be missed.

  2. Jim Kleinwachter

    Art was my friend, and i shared many wonderful times, he will be missed. His spirit, sense of humor, always smiling even with the sadness in his life.

  3. susan jurasas

    Art was Art! what you saw is truly who he was. I always enjoyed seeing and speaking with him. wish I could have known him a bit more. really sad to hear of his passing.

  4. Lynn Basa

    Art was truly an unforgettable character. The native garden he planted around our house was a gift from my mother and brought us joy literally every day. I’m so glad that I had a chance to say this to Art a few weeks before he died. He told me how many of his other customers tell him that, too. It’s such a comfort that he knew that.

    Because of our native garden two other nearby neighbors hired Art to design their yards, too.

  5. Allyson Olsen

    I was so sad this morning to hear of Art’s passing. Sad for myself really because I kind of adored the guy. My condolences to his family and friends. This past summer my garden was just perfect, thanks to Art. My garden has given me so much pleasure, thanks to Art. I hope and believe he is walking through some lovely nature right now and forever.

  6. Jean Tepeli

    Art and I were friends for forty years. We laughed & laughed often, and at times, had reason to cry together. You will be remembered and missed, dear friend.

  7. Donna Piacenza

    What a lovable character Art was! The garden he created for us was beautiful and his passion for natives came through for all to appreciate. His memory will live through the lovely wildflowers we see each year. Thank you, Art. Mike and I send our sincere condolences to his family.


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