Annual General Meeting


Saturday, 6 October 2018 at 1:30 pm

The AGM will be preceded by a talk: Veitch – Plant Hunters and Pioneers with Caradoc Doy

This talk is a brief history of a remarkable nursery which sent twenty-three plant collectors to many countries, mainly during the Victorian period.

William and Thomas Lobb, Richard Pearce, John Gould Veitch and Peter Veitch, Frederick Burbidge, Charles Maries, Ernest Wilson and others all worked for the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter and Chelsea. So successful were they that there is scarcely a garden in the British Isles that does not contain a plant derived from their introductions.

This talk highlights some of the well-known and interesting varieties introduced by these pioneering plant hunters who discovered many hundreds of new species. Caradoc Doy will also introduce us to one of the designers used by the Veitch Nursery, Frederick William Meyer, the pioneer of rockery design in the Victorian era. A Meyer rockery was recently discovered at Backwell, North Somerset.

Caradoc is a gardening storyteller. As well as discussing important personalities, plant collectors and beautiful plants, his talks also give an insight into the social history of the time. His talks appeal to the gardener and non-gardener alike. Caradoc travels widely throughout the British Isles giving talks and garden tours. Caradoc has been researching the history of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea for many years and this illustrated talk centres on this remarkable family business and their plant hunters.

Refreshments will be served between the  talk and AGM.

This is a free event for Members and £5 for Guests. Booking is essential for this event


The Jubilee Pavilion, Long Ashton Community Association, Keedwell Hill, Long Ashton. BS41 9DR.

(Please note the change of Venue to that previously published)

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