IN THE PRESS
If you are holidaying in the West Country, don’t miss one of the very limited chances to visit Wildside in Devon. If you’re not, then make a special trip. Wildside is the most thrilling of gardens, [where] Keith Wiley ignores all the usual gardening rules and makes new ones, guided by his close observation of plant communities in natural landscapes across the globe…You will see myriad plants you have never seen before, and plants used in ways you could never begin to imagine. It is not for nothing that Wildside has been hailed as the most adventurous garden in Britain.
Wildside, the garden of pioneering plantsman Keith Wiley, is the most exciting and innovative garden in Britain today. Designer, gardener and builder, Keith has created Wildside from the land by his own hand, carving pools and canyons to make spaces inspired by the natural landscape.
Wildside is an extraordinary place. Keith’s ability to replicate different environmental situations and plant habitats – and blend them together seamlessly – is nothing short of spectacular.
THE GARDEN (RHS MAGAZINE)
Wiley’s energy and originality – his inspiration coming from his own observations of nature and plants, rather than the work of other gardeners and designers – is mind-boggling. There are many developments to come – a water garden, more canyons..,and the continuation of his Garden House experiments with self seeding…But already Wildside is a tour de force.
Wildside features in many important accounts of 20th and 21st century European gardening, including the National Trust’s The Story of the English Garden by Ambra Edwards, The New English Garden by Tim Richardson, The Story of Gardening by Penelope Hobhouse, A Gardener’s Labyrinth by Tessa Traeger & Patrick Kinmonth, Wild, The Naturalistic Garden by Noel Kingsbury and Adventures in Eden by Carolyn Mullet
The Story of Wildside – a new feature about the creation of the garden by John Campbell. For more information visit www.gardenmasterclass.org.
Other sites referencing Wildside:
- Photos by Wildside volunteer Dianne Giles: https://www.diannejgilesphotography.co.uk/wildside
- Many photos here
- The best garden in the world!
- A review from New Zealand
- Scottish Rock Garden Club (SRGC)
- The Wonder of Wildside (Alpine Garden Society)
- The Blackberry Garden blog