Abbey Brook Cactus
Old Hackney Lane
bowl containing all 35 species. It was made up specially for an exhibit
in the NCCPG Heritage Marquee at the 2004 Hampton Court Flower Show.
A guess the number of plants competition to raise money for the NCCPG
was organised. It was won by a lady in Kent with the correct number
The Bowl has been awarded a Cultural Commendation by the R.H.S
^ 36 LITHOPS FRANCISCI VAR. GESINAE
^ LITHOPS TURBINIFORMIS F. BRUNNEO-VIOLACEA ^ LITHOPS LESLIEI VAR. VENTERI
Abbey Brook is N.C.C.P.G. National Collection holder of this genus.
There are over 500 accessions which includes all species, varieties
and forms and a large number of plants with provenance and field data.
It also includes many of Cole’s numbers. Although Brian was the first
to hybridise Lithops in the 1960’s with the aim of determining relationships
between species and varieties, we are not particularly interested in
artificial cultivars, and refuse to name any of our own. We believe
that there is enough variation in the natural populations to satisfy
most collectors. The collection has scientific status, the top designation
for a National Collection.
My mentor for this genus was the late Dr. H.W.deBoer, who lived near
Groningen in Holland. In the early 1960’s I spent many happy hours with
him in his greenhouse and conservatory, just talking Lithops. I owe
my knowledge and enthusiasm for this genus to him. He encouraged me
to write up my work on the genus Lithops, for which I was awarded a
Master Degree by Sheffield University in 1969, for a thesis entitled
‘The Taxonomy and Phytogeography of the genus Lithops. We always have
a wide range of Lithops plants for sale at the nursery.