We see the potential in any space and treat every project as special and unique. That means taking the time to understand your aesthetic and how you want to use the space – then passionately bringing it to fruition.
Wilde Horticulture offers a talented, experienced and knowledgeable team that understands the importance of creating unique, inviting and memorable spaces. Our team appreciates both the big-picture aspects of a well-designed space, combined with the importance of the details of tidy landscaping. We deliver creative solutions for any place or space – inside or outside, large or small, permanent or temporary – and always strive to impress.
Brian Wildeman discovered his love for the outdoors at an early age while helping his grandparents tend to their garden. The Evansville native pursued his passion for creating within nature at Purdue University, earning a degree in landscape horticulture with design.
While attending college, he worked part-time in the research greenhouses, learning about plant germination, life cycles, varieties, nutrient and watering needs, and the importance of research. As a senior, he studied at the University of Hannover in Germany, which exposed him to horticulture practices from around the world.
He was a landscape designer in Chicago for three years, creating designs for expansive estates, as well as urban spaces and public properties.
In 2006, Brian and his wife returned to their hometown, where he continued his career. Since that time, Brian’s fresh style, innovative approach and impeccable eye for design have earned him recognition throughout the region. A recipient of Evansville Business Journal’s 20 Under 40, Brian is actively involved in the community. He’s a mayoral appointee to the Evansville Historical Preservation Commission, involved in Keep Evansville Beautiful and has regularly written the Digging In, a column for Evansville Living.
In 2016, he started Wilde Horticulture.
In the summer of 2017, working with the City of Evansville, Wilde Horticulture secured the necessary permits to bring Evansville its very first flower truck. Wilde’s newest team member, affectionately referred to as Winnie, a 1949 Chevrolet 6400 2 Ton FarmTruck can be found cruising the streets near you, flowers in tow.
As only the third owner, Winnie has been lovingly cared for all her long life. The original owner purchased the truck new in January of 1950 in Hillsboro, Ohio from Matson Chevrolet. After her farm days ended, Winnie rested in a barn for many years. Rich Franklin rescued Winnie to the Hoosier state, taking her to his home in Plainfield, Indiana and in 2011 he painstakingly restored her with only a few necessary upgrades including a engine and modern mirror and running lights. All else remains original. She was spruced up with original blue factory-color paint.
Wildeman, who had been looking for the perfect truck to debut as Evansville’s own flower truck, combed classic car websites for months without much luck. Just when he thought what he was looking for may not exist, a curious Cragislist ad popped up on a Sunday morning. Wildeman called the number on the ad immediately. “I expected it to be a scam, but the guy loved the truck and knew his stuff including the story of the truck from the time it came off the factory floor. So, I arranged to meet with him the very next day.” With the help of Gibco Motor Express’s CEO Larry Meeks, Winnie arrived in her new home in Evansville just after Independence Day.
We are excited for Evansvillians and those in the surrounding areas to meet Winnie, chat with Wildeman, his wife Crystal and their youngest employees, their daughters, Adelaide and Marjorie, and pick up bouquets of fresh cut and dried flowers, seasonal plants and all things horticulture at festivals and events in the area. Winnie’s debut will be at New Harmony’s Kunstfest, on September 16 and 17, 2017.
Wilde Horticulture approaches each project by carefully evaluating the overall site and considering the style and look you want to achieve. From commercial and residential landscape design and maintenance to special projects, like event set-ups, seasonal displays and custom art, we have the skills and vision to deliver inspiring spaces. And, we offer conceptual and scaled designs to help you visualize the concept along the way.