Much of the South West is peppered with the findings of Victorian plant hunters, from gardens of world renown to secret little glens. The climate on the peninsular is ideal for the exotic specimens brought back from all corners of the globe – and the micro-climate of Glen Goyle seems particularly suited to some wonderful plantings.

The pages which follow look at the plant hunters and what they brought back with them from their extensive travels – much of which ended up as part of the world’s first civic arboretum, which provides the context for the Glen:

Sidmouth Arboretum – Caring for the trees of the Sid Valley

Here’s an index to those pages on Plant Hunting:

The Veitch Nurseries – Friends of Glen Goyle