Keith Wiley is a celebrated horticulturist and garden designer who made his name creating "audacious and dazzlingly innovative" planting schemes inspired by natural landscapes. Under his direction as head gardener, The Garden House at Buckland Monachorum in Devon, England, was the setting for what was called "some of the most original gardening taking place in Britain." He is the author of two books, as well as several articles for Gardens Illustrated and the Royal Horticultural Society's journal The Garden. He received a degree in horticulture with honors from London University and now works as a nurseryman and freelance horticultural consultant.
[Includes] suggestions for plants you would never have thought to try. -- Joel M. Lerner Washington Post 20050812 Merits a place on the bookshelf. It is visually stunning and inspiring. -- Barb Misner Butler County Master Gardeners Newsletter 20060401 As one reads [this book], it is easy to imagine strolling through gardens with the author, listening to him comment on the various plants and groupings and share his horticulture wisdom. -- Janet A. Crum Library Journal 20060401 [Keith Wiley] challenges readers to cherish, not chastise, the dappled areas and turn them into garden highlights. Photographs of inspiring shady places and plantings and a directory of appropriate plants make this book a good start for dark-side nay-sayers. Denver Post 20060413 Not one to just pontificate, [Wiley] has the full-colored photographs to prove his point and help others adapt the beauty to their own sites. -- Jody Headlee Oakland Press 20060507 This book is for those who love trees and the opportunities to bask in comforting shade. -- Steven Lamphear Des Moines News 20060619 Two valuable chapters in this well-photographed book are the ones on Urban Retreats and on Combining Shade Lovers. ... This book is for those who love trees and the opportunities to bask in comforting shade. -- Stephen Lamphear Highline Times 20060613 In this nicely photographed hardback, [Wiley] tells about the different kinds of shade, offers a variety of practical design tips for shade, discusses how to combine plants in shade gardens and finishes off with a directory of some of his favorite shade-loving species. -- George Weigel Harrisburg Patriot-News 20060309 For gardeners unsure or cautious about shade, this is an inspiring book, whose colorful pictures of plants and plantings, together with authoritative yet readable prose, will fire up the determination to grow a wider variety of shade plants in creative ways. -- Graham Rice HortResources Newsletter 20061101 Full of valuable information, gorgeous photos, and great ideas. It is an easy read and is recommended for anyone interested in gardening or wondering what to do with that pesky, shady corner in the yard where it seems that nothing will grow. -- Erika Wurm Gardens North 20071101 If you're scared of shade, then [this book] is for you. ... Beautifully illustrated by the author's exquisite photographs ... it's a worthwhile addition to any gardener's library. -- Caleb Melchior Southeast Missouri Master Gardener News 20070101 [Wiley] presents his case with gorgeous photos, a plant directory, and good sense gardening. -- Jill Sell Cleveland Plain Dealer 20080209 A complete and comprehensive single volume reference that is as 'user friendly' as it is innovative and inspiring. No personal, horticultural department, plant nursery, or community library garden reference collection should be without a copy of [it]! -- James A. Cox Midwest Book Review 20080301