Cut Foliage Book: Fantastic Foliage and how to Farm It by Hilary Collins

Cut Foliage Book: Fantastic Foliage and how to Farm It by Hilary Collins


New stock now in!

The essential guide to growing Eucalyptus as cut foliage. 


  • New copies on order now; due April 2020.

    Reserve your copy! Books are available to pre-order now as we print in limited quantities.

    Your order will be shipped to you as soon as possible and you will be kept updated with your order progress. If the book is part of a larger order, we will most likely ship these items separately.

    Originally published March 2019.

    Customer Review:

    The book is everything I expected and more, just love it. I have spoken to Hilary a few times and the book is just like speaking to her, so very knowledgeable but talking straight to me." - Andrea, of Lavender View Farm


    The essential guide to growing Eucalyptus for cut foliage, written by the CEO of Hardy Eucalyptus, Hilary Collins. 'Fantastic Foliage and how to Farm It' is the culmination of decades of growing experience, research, and a lifetime's passion for plants. Hilary wrote this book to aggregate her notes for successfully growing Eucalyptus trees for cut foliage production.


    Flower Farmers, Floral Artists, Animal Fodder produceres, Farmers looking to diversity, Allotmenteers, school gardening clubs, community projects, keen gardeners or those just starting to green their fingers, and many more readers will find useful information within.


    Aimed at both the amateur and professional grower, this book will give you the tools to cultivate a healthy and rewarding relationship with your new crop, whether that’s 3 trees, 300, or acres more. Written in an informal style, with tamed biochemistry, and well referenced so you can do further reading if you wish.


    Chapters include topics such as: choosing your Eucalyptus species - what to grow; setting up your site; feeding and weeding your crop; pruning, harvesting and processing; pests, diseases and 'things that go crunch in the night'; growing outside of the UK; and an appendix of data sheets for each of the 27 species Hilary suggests you can grow.


    With over 100 pages, including colour photographs, this really is the complete guide to growing Eucalyptus for their foliage, stress-free. Hilary is always at the end of the phone should you wish to consult with her on your project, or you can visit our website;  


    Foreword by Tom Hart Dyke, plant hunter, accomplished horticulturist and fellow Gumnut; "Hilary is a leading authority on these Antipodean delights..."


    About the Author

    Hilary has dedicated the last 10 years of her career to the study and production of Eucalyptus trees. She owns the largest Eucalyptus nursery in the UK, offering a range of 65+ different species, most of which are grown from seed and are hardy in UK climates.

    Prior to building her Eucalyptus empire, Hilary owned and managed a large retail nursery for 24 years, selling the usual range of garden-ready stock, including Eucalyptus. The retail nursery was a natural progression from owning the Knotty Ash Tree Seeds mail-order company whilst, having just graduated from University, running a small plant shop out of the back of her father’s pharmacy!

    Hilary holds a BSc(Hons) in Horticulture from Bath University. During this time she held summer positions over three years as a Junior Scientific Officer at Long Ashton Research Station (Specific Apple Replant Disease Trial), Showerings Allied Lyons (set up and ran the Fireblight Trials in perry and cider orchards), and the National Fruit Trials Brogdale (rootstock evaluation, tissue culture, designed and implemented soft fruit shelf-life trials).

    The Hardy-Eucalyptus team have won 20 Flower Show medals (and counting!), including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and a trophy at RHS Malvern, for the display of their Eucalyptus trees.

    Hilary and her nursery have been featured in a variety of print media and TV footage, including the prestigious Gardens Illustrated and the BBC2 coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Hilary is also regularly asked to give lectures across the country, to share her knowledge with amateur gardening clubs and professional organisations alike.


    Personal messages

    We would be honoured to include a short message to inspire a fellow Eucalyptus grower. 

    Messages/Autographs will be handwritten in ink, inside the book, on one of the first pages. 

    If this book is a gift to someone, please fill in the boxes for Hilary to dedicate the book to them; include their name and a personal message if you wish. Limited to 200 characters.

    Or, you can just have the book signed by the author.

    Please check your spelling and grammar as it will be copied word-for-word.

    (Once the book has been printed) orders are usually processed next day, or same day if received before 12 noon, so if you see a mistake in your personal message please ring the nursery as a matter of urgency otherwise we cannot guarantee it will be changed before dispatch. Requests for alterations must be made verbally, and will then be confirmed in writing to you via email.

    Hilary retains the right to refuse the request for a personal message, for any reason. 

    Books with Personal Messages are non-refundable as the product cannot be resold. 


    Post and Packaging

    Please ensure you select the correct postage at checkout. 

    Standard Delivery: £3.50 to UK including Highlands and Islands, Royal Mail, 3-5 days

    Europe Delivery: £7 to addresses outside of the UK but within Europe, Royal Mail, 3-5 days

    International Delivery outside of Europe: please email or phone for a quote so we can ensure you recieve the best service

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    Not what you ordered?  To find out what has gone wrong with your original order, we do request that you to send us photographs or may ask you to return the item. Under these circumstances, we will also refund you with the cost of the return postage. Postage reimbursement is limited to standard weekday shipping rates for the size of the returned parcel, with the best value courier.


    Changed your mind and want to return the order? You have the right to return any product within 14 days of receiving the last item of your order. All unwanted items must be returned in a saleable condition and proof of return given within those 14 days (Deductions may be made for signs of lack of due care). However, we advise that you contact us as soon as possible about your need to return your order. All of our plant products are living and therefore perishable, the longer they are left the more likely they will become unsalable, reducing the amount we are liable to refund.


    Refunds will be made within 14 days of receiving the goods back or from 14 days of proof of return. If a more expensive service (I.e. Next day, Nominated Day or Saturday Delivery) was chosen, only our standard delivery charge will be refunded along with the amount paid for the products. The cost of returning the order and the risk of the item(s) being lost or damaged in transit when returning must be borne by the customer. It is advisable that the customer obtains insurance to protect the returning parcel; enough to cover the full value should anything go wrong during transit.


    To where do I return items? Please note you must first notify us by phone on 0751 526 1511, and subsequently by email to or letter of your cancellation and return.

    You can only return items by post if they were ordered online or by phone directly from or Grafton Nursery. The products must be returned in the original packaging or secure packaging and be traceable (Recorded Delivery).


    Please make all returns out to: Grafton Nursery, Worcester Road, Grafton Flyford, Worcester WR7 4PW


    I ordered and purchased using a gift voucher. How do I get a refund? If you are returning an item, changing an item or an item was damaged/broken on delivery a refund of the purchase value will be made to a gift card within 14 days of proof of return. Unfortunately, we cannot refund to another payment method. If you wish for the refund to be placed on the same card please supply the gift card/voucher number.


    How long does it take to get a refund? All refunds, where applicable, will be made within 14 days of proof of return of faulty or unwanted goods. We do not store your card details at any time for your security and may therefore need to correspond with the payee to make the refund. We therefore advise you report the need for a return and refund as soon as possible.


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