Clematis “John Gould Veitch”

Lamp post number 2 on the trail.

I’m very grateful to Veitch enthusiasts Mike and Edna Squires who grew this plant in their polytunnel in their garden in Broadclyst. They  let me visit and take photos and gave me a bloom to take away. It’s an unusual clematis and not commonly grown!


Camellia x williamsii “Mildred Veitch”

This is Camellia x williamsii “Mildred Veitch” on lamp post no 1 in the trail. The lamp post is  just about outside 11 Elm Grove Road – the house where Robert Tosswill Veitch lived. There’s a blue plaque on the house now – put there by Exeter Civic Society which received sponsorship from the Bury Meadow Residents Association. Read more here:

Mildred Veitch was the daughter of Peter Veitch and granddaughter of Robert Veitch and was the last of the Veitch family to run the Veitch nursery.



The first lamppost to be painted

This lamppost is in Velwell Road. It was the first to be painted, but it’s number 4, not number 1, on the trail.

According to “Hortus Veitchii – a history of the rise and progress of the nurseries of Messrs. James Veitch & sons” magnolia stellata  had been cultivated from a wild plant and was found growing in gardens in Nagasaki in 1862 by botanical collector Richard Oldham.

Magnolia stellata