HM The Queen talking with Caradoc Doy at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2012, who was interested to know about Sir Harry Veitch and his involvement in the history of the flower show. For further details click here

To see Caradoc's television appearance on the BBC2 Chelsea Flower Show programme, BBC2 Chelsea Flower Show Programme 2012, click here.

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Caradoc Doy: Horticulturist


Caradoc Doy is a freelance horticulturist with about 25 years experience in many aspects of gardening and horticulture and is based in Topsham, near Exeter in East Devon.


Caradoc is available for hire on an hourly rate to give personalised advice and consultancy for the general public or gardening trade alike. 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 make contact for hourly rates. There is no call out fee to be paid for consultancy and the first 10 miles of travel from Topsham are free, thereafter a charge of 45p per mile is made both ways to cover travel expenses.


Caradoc also 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 for about 25 years and has brought a rare olive variety into cultivation, namely; 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.

Conservation in Growing

Caradoc has run a nursery for many years which has currently been scaled back whilst secure land is sought. It is hoped that in the future this can be focussed of growing a range of important plants introduced by the Veitch Nurseries for conservation, education and posterity, as well as olive trees.


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. He is currently working on a number of other Veitch-related publications to follow.

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