Exeter Civic Society

Exeter Civic Society

Hugo unveils plaque to Victorian gardening celebrity

Hugo Bugg, the Exeter-based landscape gardener who in 2014 was Chelsea Flower Show’s youngest gold medal winner, has unveiled our latest blue plaque to the Victorian nurseryman and horticulturist, Robert Tosswill Veitch.

Robert Veitch (1823-1885) was a pioneer who popularised greater knowledge of plants by making different species available to people for their gardens, as well as being a landscape designer whose work is still to be seen in Exeter.

The unveiling by Hugo, one of today’s leading garden designers, is a compliment to gardening past, present and future.

It took place on 22 June at 11 Elm Grove Road, Exeter, which was Robert Veitch’s home from 1865-1884. His extensive Veitch “Exotic” Nurseries covered land behind Elm Grove Road in New North Road and where Velwell Road is now.

The plaque was sponsored by the Bury Meadow Residents Association.

Hugo Bugg returned from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a prestigious Silver Gilt medal for his Royal Bank of Canada Garden design. The garden celebrates water and explores connections between water, people and life.

Robert Veitch created many new gardens including that of Streatham Hall,

now part of the grounds of Exeter University, and sparked fashions in the design of rock and water gardens. He also laid out Exeter’s Higher Cemetery.

Find out more about Robert Veitch and the plaque on their Blue Plaque entry.