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Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery
Old Hackney Lane



We do not sell books, but for a pocket A5 sized booklet, our old pre 1990 50 page plant catalogues are a mine of information. The prices are way out of date! But the information is invaluable. They also contain many colour and black and white photographs.
These old catalogues have already become collectors items and are traded on Ebay.
We still have a few copies available.

Send £2 plus £1 postage and packing for the UK
Send £2 Plus £1.80 postage and packing for Europe
Send £2 Plus £3 postage and packing for the rest of the world

50 CHOICE MAMMILLARIA’S by Brian Fearn and Les Pearcy
In a recent search of our storeroom we found that we still had a few copies left.
An inexspensive guide to one of the most popular of all Cactus geners.

Send £3 plus 50p postage and packing for the UK
Send £3 Plus £1.25 postage and packing for Europe
Send £3 Plus £2 postage and packing for the rest of the world.


List of new and used cactus books for sale, Winter 2009 - 2010

New Books:             Brian’s own stunning new book on Echinopsis Hybrids:

Fearn, B.            The Echinopsis Hybrids of Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery.
Soft cover. Publisher Plant Heritage NCCPG
New – first published June 2009
Price: £8.50 (postage free of charge).

Used Books:


Bradleya            Yearbook of the British Cactus & Succulent Society
                        Vol 4, 1986
                        Paperback. In excellent condition. Rare
                        Price: £25.00

Bradleya            Yearbook of the British Cactus & Succulent Society
                        Vol 5, 1987
                        Paperback. In excellent condition. Rare
                        Price: £25.00

Craig, Robert T The Mammillaria Handbook.
Hard cover, with original dust jacket. Publisher Abbey Garden Press, Pasadena, 1945, reprinted by EP Publishing Ltd, and Johnson Reprint Corporation 1973.
Descriptions, illustrations and key to the species of the genus Mammillaria, including 304 black & white photographs.
A good clean copy of this classic book.

Fearn, Brian & Pearcy, Leslie
                        Choice Mammillarias
                        Paperback, 88 pages with numerous black & white photographs
                        Publisher Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery, 2nd edition 1987
                        New, unused condition.

Huxley A. J.             Cacti and succulents. Amateur Gardening picture book No 11
Hard cover. No dust jacket. 60 pages. Publisher W H & L Collingridge Ltd, London, 1960
A nice practical introduction to growing these plants, extensively illustrated with excellent photographs for its time.
An amazing amount of information in a small space.
A well-used, but reasonably clean copy.

Maddams, W.F.Interesting newer Mammillarias.
                        Paperback, 40 pages. Publisher The Mammillaria Society (no date)
                        A well-used copy.

National Cactus & Succulent Society
                        A guide to cactus & succulent plants
                        Paperback, 40 pages, 1966
                        In very good condition.

Sajeva, Maurizio & Costanzo, Mariangela
                        Succulents II. The new illustrated dictionary.
                        Hard cover with dust jacket. Publisher Timber Press 2000.
                        Packed with high quality colour photographs.
                        Possibly the best guide to succulent plants ever published.
                        In pristine condition.

Scott, S H            The observer’s book of CACTI and other succulents.
Hard cover, with dust jacket. Publisher Frederick Warne & Co Ltd, 1958.
One of the most popular guides to cacti and succulents ever written, 64 plates, mainly black & white. In very good condition.

Smith, Colin            Yuccas: giants among the lilies.
Paperback, 72 pages. Publisher The National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens, 2004.
An excellent monograph on the genus Yucca, well illustrated with small but accurate line drawings and photographs.
Sadly, this copy has been slightly water damaged, and the cover has faded, hence the price which is approximately one third of what it would be otherwise.


Abbey Brook Cactus Nursery Catalogues, 1979 – 1986
Our own out of print nursery catalogues, with extensive past stock lists, and well-illustrated with colour and black & white photographs.
£1.00 each (they are much more than this on e-Bay!)


Terms of trade:

Please enquire to confirm availability before sending your order.

UK and EU:
Orders under £5.00, postage & packaging is free.
For orders from £5.00 - £10.00, please add £2.00 for postage & packaging.
For orders over £10.00, please add £3.75 for postage & packaging.

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