It is with great sadness that we inform of the death of Will Giles on Wednesday 2nd September 2015. Will was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and dealt with the devastating news in his own private way. He was determined to relish every last moment of life and enjoyed relatively good health until earlier this year when, after a spell in hospital, he discovered that the treatments were no longer effective. Will enjoyed working in his garden for as long as his health allowed, creating the new green wall and directing the planting scheme for this season. He will be sadly missed by all who have known him personally, or been inspired by his creativity.
Unfortunately, for logistical reasons, it will not be possible for the garden to remain open for the remainder of the 2015 season. We thank you for your understanding.
Following the loss of our great friend Will Giles, a small, private cremation without ceremony has been held in Norwich in accordance with his wishes. A celebration of his wonderful life will be held at The Exotic Garden on 4 October at 2pm and Will’s close friends, colleagues and associates are invited to attend. His ashes will be scattered earlier that day in a spot chosen by Will himself. Please come along any time after 2pm to pay your respects at the special place that he created and loved.
Charitable gifts in memory of Will Giles may be donated at:
www.justgiving.com/WillGiles-1 (Big C Charity) and
www.justgiving.com/WillGiles-2 (Perennial - Gardeners' Benevolent Charity)
Will has had a passion for plants of a tropical nature since he was a small boy, a passion that has grown dramatically over the past 35 years at his home in Norwich - aptly named The Exotic Garden. Here, he has experimented with plants from the extremely hardy to the ludicrously tender, endeavouring to find a balance of plants that grow well in his one acre microclimate and fit into his ideal of a lush sub-tropical setting.
Will has developed a wondrous paradise for himself and the many visitors that flock to the garden during the summer months. Unlike many other gardens, this haven of fantasy has been crafted by Will and voluntary helpers, on the smallest of budgets, using reclaimed materials where possible and a lot of hard work. This is a hands on creation, giving the Exotic Garden a very personal identity - that of a true artist at work.
Will Giles has written a lavish new book entitled ‘The Encyclopaedia of Exotic Plants For Temperate Climates’.
To purchase a copy, click here.