Douglas Ellory Pett

Douglas Pett photo

Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first exper­i­ence of large-​​scale garden­ing as Vicar of Gul­val, Pen­zance, from 1961 to 1966. Later, in the 1980s, he pur­sued geo­lo­gical and other field stud­ies in Corn­wall, and was invited to organ­ize the first pro­fes­sional and vol­un­tary sur­veys of his­toric gar­dens for the newly formed Corn­wall Gar­dens Trust. He was a mem­ber of the Garden His­tory Soci­ety; author of Cre­at­ive Garden­ers; The Corn­wall Gar­dens Guide, The Parks and Gar­dens of Corn­wall (all pub­lished by Alison Hodge), and Hor­ti­cul­ture on the Isles of Scilly; co-​​author of The His­toric Gar­dens of Corn­wall (1991); editor of From A Cornish Bishop’s Garden (Alison Hodge, 2001), and a reg­u­lar con­trib­utor to The Cornish Garden. In 2004, Dr Pett was awar­ded the Charles Thomas Prize of the Royal Insti­tu­tion of Corn­wall for his work on Hor­ti­cul­ture on the Isles of Scilly.

Through his books and art­icles, Douglas Pett made a major con­tri­bu­tion to the field of garden his­tory in Corn­wall and bey­ond. … His Parks and Gar­dens of Corn­wall ranks along­side the works of Edgar Thur­ston and W. Arnold-​​Forster as one of the most import­ant books ever writ­ten on gar­dens in the county.’ (Roger Trenoweth, Editor, The Cornish Garden, in the West Bri­ton, 03.03.05)