• Plant Conservation: Can we meet the great challenges we face? A talk by Ian Wright (National Trust). Tuesday 30th January 2018. See Events section for information.
Devon Gardens Trust is devoted to the preservation and enhancement of gardens in the UK county of Devon

Grand Challenges (Digital Futures) 2015

Grand Challenges is an annual event hosted by the University of Exeter.  The Digital Futures project ran from 1st June 2015 to 5th June 2015 and details can be accessed here.  

Take a virtual tour of Reed Hall Gardens here.


The Project

A team of five student volunteers from the University of Exeter was challenged to digitise the DGT's file of documents on the University's Streatham campus and from those documents carry out a limited-time research project using as many sources of information as possible.  With only four days to carry out the project and to prepare a 30-minute presentation on the fifth and final day, the team worked efficiently and co-operatively to produce:

  • a timeline for the highly influential Veitch family of nurserymen
  • profiles of the key members of the Veitch family
  • a report on Plant Hunters who worked with the Veitch businesses
  • an interview with Topsham-based Veitch expert, Caradoc Doy
  • a virtual tour of the Reed Hall landscape, designed and planted by the Veitchs

The Grand Challenges (Digital Futures) Team

The Digital Futures Team

Top row - Emma Prevignano, Ellie Broad, Beth Howell, Doug Buck
Front row - Sophia David (Postgraduate Facilitator), Imogen Crarer

The DGT extends its thanks to the University of Exeter for the opportunity to get involved with this excellent initiative, notably Prof. Gabriella Giannachi, Dr Gemma Clark, Iain Park, Sam Primrose, Gary Stringer, Gemma Poulton and Prof. Henry French.  Dr Clare Greener and Dianne Long led the project on behalf of the DGT.

Interviews with Iain Park and Caradoc Doy

Ellie Broad interviews Iain Park, Director of Grounds at the University of Exeter about the importance of the landscape for well-being and enjoyment of staff, students and visitors.  Later in the same clip, Ellie talks to Horticulturist and Veitch historian Caradoc Doy about the Veitch family and their significance to the city of Exeter and beyond.

Click here to view the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlwZTyxoP5o

Caradoc Doy talks about the monkey puzzle tree at Reed Hall Gardens, University of Exeter, a plant the Veitch family popularised in England.

Click here to view the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY-4YArs798&feature=youtu.be

Plant Hunters

Brief biographies of seven Victorian plant hunters have been compiled and are available for download here.

The Veitch Family Timeline [1752-1971]

Veitch timeline early years

Veitch timelime colour code

For a profile of John Veitch click here.

For a profile of James Veitch click here.

Veitch timeline success years

Veitch timelime colour code

For a profile of James Veitch click here.

For a profile of Robert Veitch click here.

For a profile of Harry Veitch click here.

For a profile of John Gould (i) Veitch click here.

For a profile of Peter C.M. Veitch click here.

Veitch timeline final years

Veitch timelime colour code

For a profile of John Gould (ii) Veitch click here.

For a profile of James Herbert Veitch click here.

For a profile of Anna Mildred Veitch click here.

 

 A rare moment of relaxation during the week's activities....

Digital Futures team seeing the wood through the trees