Caradoc Doy:
Devon-based Freelance Horticulturist,
Speaker, Demonstrator
Researcher and Veitch Historian


Caradoc Doy is a sought-after horticulturist and garden-historian with 25 years experience in gardening and horticulture. He is based in Topsham, near Exeter in East Devon, England.


Caradoc is available for hire by the hour to give personalised advice and consultancy for the general public - or for the gardening trade. His advice is often sought to help with planting plans - and general advice for the best plants to grow in various aspects of a client's garden.

Please contact for an initial assessment of your project.

Public Speaker

Caradoc travels widely to give talks and lectures of various gardening subjects, and is an authority on the history of plants introduced during the Victorian period - particularly relating to the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter and Chelsea.

Olive Grower

Caradoc has been growing olive trees for over 25 years and has brought a rare olive variety into cultivation - The Peace Olive, Olea europaea 'Peace' - and has gained useful experience on the growing of olive trees in the British Isles which he happily shares with others.

Garden Consultant

Caradoc has over 25 years of professional gardening experience behind him, and can be hired to advise on a wide range of challenges in your garden. This includes designing planting plans; advising on appropriate positioning of trees and borders; choosing the best plants for your situation; maintenance requirements; and undertaking pruning.


Caradoc has successfully run a nursery for many years. It is hoped that in the future this can be expanded to grow a range of important plants introduced by the Veitch Nurseries for conservation, education and posterity.


Caradoc produced a well-received centenary facsimile reprint of Hortus Veitchii in 2006 which is the authoritive work relating to the many hundreds of plants introduced by Veitch. Caradoc is currently working on a number of other Veitch-related publications to follow.

Caradoc Doy

Caradoc Doy has a passion for plants - and a keen interest in landscaping and gardening, plant conservation and professional horticulturism.

Caradoc is a highly-experienced horticulturist, and is an authority on the history of the Veitch Nurseries.

Veitch Historian

Caradoc is a key researcher on the history of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea and is available for bookings to give illustrated talks.

Please contact Caradoc if you have any information relating to the history of the Veitch nurseries - or if you know of someone in your family who may have once worked at any of the nurseries.

Gardening Talks & Tours

Horticulturist Caradoc Doy travels widely to give talks and demonstrations, and is happy to present on a wide range of horticultural and gardening subjects.

He is also available at short notice to cover for illnesses or cancellations.

Olive Trees ~ Delivered to your Doorstep in the UK

Olive Tree

European Olive - Olea europaea 'Peace'.

Caradoc has been successfully cultivating a variety of European Olive - Olea europaea 'Peace' - outdoors in Britain since the 1990s.

These are now available to be delivered to your address in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and The Channel Islands.

Trees are packed with extreme care and sent by secure carrier or first-class post for swift delivery. » See More...

Online Shop

The Hortus Veitchii Centenary Facsimile Reprint (2006), Olive Trees, Olive Feed Concentrate, Olive Tree Greeting Cards, Veitch Catalogue Reprints and more.

Please visit the online shop for that unusual, lasting gift.

Useful Links

Extensive links to the world's botanic gardens, plant societies, garden history societies and horticultural associations.

Caradoc Doy ~ Devon-based Horticulturist, Veitch Historian, Garden Consultant and Garden Tour Guide