Keith Wiley to deliver Fortescue Garden House Lecture

Keith Wiley in his garden, Wildside Plants, Buckland Monachorum, Devon. July, summer.

Keith Wiley at Wildside

TUESDAY 12 APRIL 2016 AT 7.30 PM  Plymouth Postgraduate Medical Centre, Derriford



Taking wild landscapes from all over the world as his inspiration, Keith has created a garden that has produced spectacular results in a very short time. This lecture follows its evolution, and the ideas and thought processes for its creation.

This prestigious annual lecture is delivered by an individual who has made a major contribution to horticulture or gardening in Britain, and we are delighted to announce that Keith Wiley has accepted our invitation to deliver the 2016 Lecture.

Keith was the Head Gardener and Curator at The Garden House for over 25 years, where he developed a style of gardening based on modifying natural landscapes from around the globe.  It was during his stewardship that The Garden House was 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.

Taking his inspiration from the wildflower-rich landscapes of South Africa, Crete and elsewhere, and pioneering his own methods of cultivation, Keith devised naturalistic planting schemes at The Garden House of a breadth, richness and complexity that excited everyone at that time.  In 2001 Alan Titchmarsh and Rachel de Thame broadcast a ‘Gardeners’ World’ special programme from The Garden House, which did much to promote Keith’s bold and pioneering planting known as ‘New Naturalism’, a style which is likely to be forever associated with his name.

In 2003 Keith and his artist wife, Ros, left The Garden House to start their own garden and nursery just half a mile away at Wildside.  It has been on this south-facing, four-acre site that Keith’s extraordinary vision, skill, and energy have led to the creation of a quite exceptional garden landscape.  Following a visit to Wildside, the garden writer, Stephen Lacey, remarked “Wiley’s energy and originality – his inspiration coming from his own observations of nature and plants, rather than the work of other gardens and designers – is mind-boggling!”

The Fortescue Garden Trust is hugely grateful to Brewin Dolphin for their generous sponsorship and support.

TICKET AND BOOKING INFORMATION:  To be posted on this website soon  – keep an eye out!