The Veitch Nurseries
Caradoc Doy has been researching the story of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea and is available for bookings to give illustrated talks.
The Veitch Heritage Collection
Research has so far covered the nurseries of John Veitch in Killerton, James Veitch in Exeter, later James Veitch & Son, James Veitch & Sons and Robert Veitch & Son, Exeter and the landscapes they shaped. Caradoc has also been researching their plant collectors, leading hybridists and other staff as well as the plants introduced or raised by the Veitch Nurseries. In addition, he has been trying to create a useful archive of information about Veitch and been collecting and growing a range of Veitch-introduced plants in anticipation of one day creating a Veitch Heritage Collection for study, posterity and conservation.
To mark the centenary of its production in 1906, Caradoc published a limited edition, facsimile re-print of James Veitch & Sons' seminal work, Hortus Veitchii in 2006. Ironically, he actually formally published this hardback for the first time in it's 100 year existence as the original copies were produced and given away by Veitch 'for private circulation only' to leading botanists, horticulturists and botanical institutions of the day. Copies are available from leading gardening book dealers or direct from Caradoc Doy.
Please contact Caradoc should you have any information relating to the history of the Veitch nurseries. Caradoc is attempting to create an archive of useful information relating to the history of the Veitch Nurseries including past employees or apprentices. He would be delighted to hear from anyone with information of who may have once worked at any of the nurseries.
Particular areas of interest are: Past employees Gardens influences by John Veitch Gardens landscaped by James Veitch & Sons Gardens landscaped by Robert Veitch & Son Receipts and invoices of plants or work supplied by Veitch Catalogues of James Veitch & Sons Catalogues of Robert Veitch & Son
The Veitch Heritage Garden
Veitch Heritage Garden, Exeter
If you are in the Exeter area then why not visit the Veitch Heritage Garden located in the middle of Southernhay. There are several interesting information boards there giving a brief synopsis of the Veitch business (written with the help of the late Shirley Heriz-Smith), and has been planted up with a selection of various by hardy plants introduced by the Veitch nurseries of both Exeter and London. It is located at Southernhay, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1PJ.
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Last updated 8th August 2016