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On the wild side : experiments in new naturalism /
Keith Wiley.
imprint
Portland : Timber Press, 2004.
description
256 p. : col. ill ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0881926361 (hardback)
format(s)
Book
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author
imprint
Portland : Timber Press, 2004.
isbn
0881926361 (hardback)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
5156574
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Following his graduation with an honours degree in horticulture, Keith became head gardener at The Garden House in the south-west of England. Here, over a period of 25 years between 1978 and 2003, he created one of the most innovative gardens in Britain. Now he works as a freelance garden consultant and runs his own mail-order nursery called 'Wildside Plants'
Excerpts
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Keith Wiley has been captivated by wild flower colonies and natural landscapes for as long as he can remember. Inspired first by the flora and fauna of rural England, and later by the world's deserts, coastlines, mountains and woodlands, he has distilled the essence of these wild landscapes into a single garden with breathtaking success. A visit to Namaqualand motivated him to close-plant Gazania, Arctotis and Ursinia in a vibrant, yellow-and-orange ribbon of colour to recapture the exuberance of the wild spectacle. The arid landscape of Colorado encouraged him to embrace a new palette of greys, duns, tawnies and golds in exchange for the familiar greens. The flowering hillsides of Crete sparked a passion for allowing plants to colonize against a backdrop of tumbledown stone.Each chapter explores different plant groups, noting how they occur in the wild and how this effect might be translated into a garden setting. Detailed practical advice runs throughout the book, from soil improvement and drainage to using mulches, from managing self-seeding to sculpting new features out of the land. Over 200 spectacular images enhance the page and complement the text.Much more than a book of new planting ideas, On the Wild Side challenges our whole understanding of what a garden is. Why strive for year-round colour throughout the garden when small areas can seize the limelight at their seasonal peak? Why aim for the tallest, bluest, largest delphinium when the success of a whole community of flowering plants is so much more powerful? Why agonize over colour associations when a loose mix of many colours will evolve to give far more pleasure? Change and evolution is at the heart of new naturalism - is your garden ready for it?
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-03-15:
"Natural" gardens are nothing new; the English landscape style has emulated scenes from nature since the early 1700s. Wiley's "new naturalism" takes the concept further, seeking "to capture only the spirit of wild plantings and never attempt to replicate exactly any landscape or combination of plants." Gardeners can achieve effects with form, color and placement by closely observing scenes as disparate as South African savannas, the Colorado Rockies, Swiss alpine meadows and New England roadsides. Wiley eschews overly intensive soil management in favor of "working with what you have got" to produce not a prize specimen but "a community of plants forming a harmonious picture." He encourages self-seeding and delights in serendipitous, if temporary, successes. Wiley chooses plants for their power to evoke the spirit of a natural scene, and he devotes the majority of the book to plants and plant associations grouped accordingly. (Most American readers will have to substitute hardier plants for many of those Wiley suggests; USDA hardiness zones are conspicuously absent.) As head gardener at The Garden House in Devon, England, Wiley practiced "Wild West, seat-of-your-pants, pioneering gardening" for 25 years, creating one of England's most distinctive gardens. His experience is reflected in ample practical advice, but he is not confined by it; he also offers many imaginative ideas for gardens he has yet to create. Over 200 color photographs provide additional inspiration. Wiley's aim is "freeing your own creative inner spirit from the straitjacket of horticultural tradition," and in that, he succeeds brilliantly. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Beautifully illustrated ideas about how to create distinctive looks." -Science News, September 16, 2004
"Gardens gone wild. The concept is daring, even unsettling ... Keith Wiley proposes a radical change in landscape design: that gardens offer ephemeral surges that ebb and flow with the seasons." -Lili Singer, Los Angeles Times , September 2, 2004
"Gardens gone wild. The concept is daring, even unsettling ... Keith Wiley proposes a radical change in landscape design: that gardens offer ephemeral surges that ebb and flow with the seasons." -Lili Singer, Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2004
"Inspirational." - San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles , October 2004
"Inspirational." -San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles, October 2004
Worth reading from cover to cover.
Writing with wit and joy, the author is enthusiastic but precise in his explanations of the how-to as well as the why-do-it. He offers a good read along with much very good advice.
"Beautifully illustrated ideas about how to create distinctive looks." - Science News , September 16, 2004
Wiley's aim is "freeing your own creative inner spirit from the straitjacket of horticultural tradition," and in that, he succeeds brilliantly.
Wiley's book includes scores of both natural settings and landscapes that have been created to mimic the wild, along with ideas for re-creating the look in your own yard.
Wiley's book includes scores of photos of both natural settings and landscapes that have been created to mimic the wild, along with ideas for re-creating the look in your yard.
Wiley's enthusiasm is infectious, his photography compelling and his emphasis on gardening with the conditions and rhythms of nature nature, rather than against them, truly modern.
This book has certainly inspired me to imitate some of his ideas in my own garden.
This is a fascinating and inspiring book. Whether there is about to be a revolution in garden design or not, you will wonder why you don't see this type of planting more often.
This is a must-have work for anyone who wants to turn a brown field into a meadow, an aggravating weed patch or burned out lawn into a drought-resistant garden of Eden.
Urges bending the rules or ignoring them outright.
Wiley discusses why we should bring "wild" back into the garden whether with an unusual color palette by allowing the creative potential latent within most of us.
There is an incredible amount of information and inspiration in this book...it is a joy to learn from a gardener who loves to experiment and think laterally.
Shows how to incorporate the essence of wild landscapes all over the world into the garden.
The principles of planting that the rest of us follow had been consigned to the dustbin. Instead, Wiley was looking directly to the wild and recreating ... the mingled communities of plants he saw there. In the process he set out evermore seductive and convincing arguments for a radical new approach to gardening, as described in his long-awaited book, On the Wild Side. As he writes in the book: 'This is seat of your pants gardening ... hold on to your hats.'
On the Wild Side would make a great gift book for any gardener or "plant person" and deserves a spot in horticultural and landscape architecture libraries.
Beautifully illustrated ideas about how to create distinctive looks.
Describes a radical new approach to gardening.
Gardeners will enjoy this book and its 202 color photos as they learn how to put the wild back into gardens.
Gardens gone wild. The concept is daring, even unsettling...Keith Wiley proposes a radical change in landscape design: that gardens offer ephemeral surges that ebb and flow with the seasons.
I came away from this book with a renewed interest in exploring natural systems fo myself.
If you're interested in wild landscapes, here's a book that offers a way to bring them home.
Inspirational.
Inspirational photography and text will help you re-create a wildflower meadow, grasslands or a South African desert in your own backyard.
Inspiration for gardeners taken from wildflower colonies and natural landscapes.
It's a book that urges bending the rules or ignoring them outright.
On the Wild Side: Experiments in New Naturalism is all that cutting-edge gardeners hoped it would be.
A lovely book, offering imaginative ideas on how to integrate wild elements found in a diverse range of locations around the world into your own garden.
A passionate introduction to a gardening style inspired by natural landscapes here and abroad.
A stream of practical gardening advice helps keep your feet on the ground.
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Publishers Weekly, March 2004
New York Times Book Review, June 2004
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Why strive for year-round color throughout the garden when small areas can seize the limelight at their seasonal peak? Challenges our whole understanding of what a garden is.
Unpaid Annotation
Inspired first by the flora and fauna of England, and later by the world's deserts, coastlines, mountains, and woodlands, Keith Wiley has distilled the essence of these wild landscapes into a single garden. Much more than a book of planting ideas, On the Wild Side challenges our whole understanding of what a garden is.
Main Description
Inspired first by the flora and fauna of rural England, and later by the world's deserts, coastlines, mountains, and woodlands, Keith Wiley has distilled the essence of these wild landscapes into a single garden with breathtaking success. Much more than a book of new planting ideas, On the Wild Side challenges our whole understanding of what a garden is. Why strive for year-round color throughout the garden when small areas can seize the limelight at their seasonal peak? Change and evolution is at the heart of new naturalism - is your garden ready for it?
Bowker Data Service Summary
'On The Wild Side' is an account of the author's experiments with planting in the new naturalistic style. It describes how wild plant communities provide the inspiration for this revolutionary planting style.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 6
Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 10
The Plantsp. 30
Bulb meadows and woodland floorp. 32
Deserts and semi-arid landscapesp. 56
Mountain, coast and clifftopp. 84
Impressionism with perennialsp. 98
Meadow mixesp. 122
Prairie, scrub and grasslandsp. 140
Inspiration from the wild woodsp. 162
Shaping plants for effectp. 182
The Garden Landscapep. 194
Shape and structurep. 196
Between rocks and hard placesp. 208
Going with the flowp. 232
Epiloguep. 250
Indexp. 252
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