Caradoc Doy:
Gardening Speaker,
Researcher and Veitch Historian
Writer and Publisher


Caradoc Doy is an experienced horticulturist with more than 30 years experience. He is based in the small estuary town of Topsham, near Exeter.


Caradoc's advice is sought after for creating planting plans as well as general advice for the best plants to grow in various aspects of a garden and where to find them.

Caradoc is available to give talks on Zoom


Garden 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 unique olive variety into cultivation known as The Peace Olive, Olea europaea 'Peace.' He has gained useful experience on the growing of olive trees in the British Isles which he is happy to share with others and is the subject of one of his gardening talks.


Caradoc is a keen supporter of plant conservation organisations and the urgent need to save and secure plant biodiversity for the benefit of all of nature and mankind for today and the future.


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

Copies can also be ordered through:
Bertrams Books
C. Arden Books
Court Hay Books
Coutts Information Services
Dawson Books
Summerfield Books
WH Smith
as well as other leading independent book sellers

Caradoc is a member or supporter of:
Plant Heritage
The National Trust
Topsham Museum
Devon Gardens Trust
The Devon Rural Archive
Friends of Poltimore House
Exeter Local History Society
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
The Royal Horticultural Society
Friends of Higher Cemetery, Exeter
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter
and others.

Last updated 29th November 2021

Caradoc Doy

Caradoc Doy

Caradoc Doy has a passion for plants and plant conservation, a keen interest in plants, gardens and the designed landscape.

He is a professional horticulturist and an authority on the history of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea.

Veitch Historian

Caradoc has been researching the history of the Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea for many years and is available for bookings to give illustrated talks about this remarkable family business and their plant hunters.

Gardening Talks

Caradoc travels widely to give garden talks and is also sometimes available at short notice to cover for illnesses or cancellations.

Growing Olives in the British Isles

Olive Tree

European Olive - Olea europaea 'Peace'.

Caradoc has been growing olive trees since about 1990 and introduced a tough variety into cultivation Olea europaea 'Peace,' also known as the Peace Olive.

Online Shop

Click here to see a range of items for sale from Caradoc Doy including the re-print of Hortus Veitchii.

Please visit the online shop for that special gift.

Useful Links

Some useful links to some of the world's leading botanic gardens, plant societies, garden history societies and horticultural associations.

Caradoc Doy ~ Devon-based Horticulturist, Gardening Speaker and Veitch Historian