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Harry Veitch (1840-1924)

Harry Veitch (1840-1924)

Harry Veitch profileHarry Veitch was the son of James Veitch jnr. born in 1840. He was educated locally at Exeter grammar school before furthering his education in Altona, Hamburg and Vilmorin-Andrieux, Paris. He began work at the Veitchs’ Chelsea Nursery in the late 1850s and commissioned the expeditions of plant collector Richard Pearce. Harry was a key figure in orchid hybridisation; receiving the Victoria Medal of Honour for services to horticulture. He died in 1924 leaving behind wife Louisa Mary, whom he had married in 1867, the couple remained childless.