Keith Wiley was head gardener/manager at The Garden House, a 10-acre garden on the edge of Dartmoor in the southwest of England, between 1978-2003, where he created what has been described by national commentators as 'one of the most exciting and innovative gardens in Britain today' and the best example of 'leading-edge horticulture' in this country.
He is a proponent of a 'new naturalism' movement in gardening, which seeks to work in harmony with nature, allowing plants to thrive much as they would in the wild. He takes inspiration from natural landscapes to create areas of planting in his gardens inspired by sights from around the world.
Keith is a regular contributor to horticultural / lifestyle magazines and has lectured widely on both sides of the Atlantic. He has written 2 books :- 'On the wild side', published by Timber Press, and ‘Shade’ published by Mitchell-Beasley. In 2004 Keith featured in a photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London as 'one of the most distinguished people in Britain whose work has influenced our ideas about nature, gardens and the world of plants'.
Ros grew up on a farm in Cornwall where a passion for wild landscapes led on to a degree in Environmental Science. A 2 year craft and design course followed encouraging her artistic talents which began to flourish amidst the flowers at the world-renowned Garden House in south Devon where she lived for 25 years. During this time the Wileys were responsible for developing a looser more naturalistic style of garden planting which proved to be an irresistible source of inspiration for Ros, set as it is amongst a lush Devon landscape. Her paintings catching the light and rich jewel-box colours of the garden graced the exhibition walls of the Garden House for many seasons and were sold to collectors from around the world.
Since 2004 the Wileys have relocated creating an ambitious new garden where natural landscapes are still the inspiration for both planting and painting. A Channel 4 television programme is currently being filmed following the Wileys during a year of their endeavours balancing painting/gardening/nursery work (due to be broadcast later in 2009)
Wildside Nursery - Green Lane, Buckland Monachoram
Nr. Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7NP
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