Made Wijaya designed his first garden for the Bali Hyatt in Sanur and went on to design over 600 commercial and residential gardens around the world, including the Naples Botanical Garden in Florida and gardens for David Bowie. His own personal garden and studio at Villa Bebek had become a mecca for lovers of tropical garden design.
He was a passionate advocate of Balinese culture, writing books on Balinese architecture and costume as well as tropical garden design. He has also recently been outspoken about tourist over-development that is threatening what remains of Bali’s natural beauty.
Wijaya, who arrived in Bali as Michael White back in 1973, had become a larger than life character in Bali, most recently exercising his well-known acerbic wit and razor-sharp criticisms in a newspaper column titled ‘Stranger in Paradise‘.
Wijaya died after a short illness at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.