Welcome to Mona’s Garden, situated between Highgate and Muswell Hill in North London. This award winning garden (voted ‘Best Back Garden’ by the London Gardens Society, see Blog post 8th October 2015) is home to the ‘Corokia’ National Collection, and to many other unusual Australasian and Mediterranean plants complemented in recent years by ‘Restios’ from South Africa and interesting exotics. The emphasis of the garden is on texture, shapes and contrasting foliage colour.
Garden open under the NGS.
33 Wood Vale, London N10 3DJ
The very long garden is entered via steps, a good viewing place for the living Sedum roof which covers the greenhouse. The first section of the garden features mature Mediterranean and Southern Hemisphere shrubs and trees, framed by a clipped Box hedge surrounding a centrepiece stone fountain. An archway leads to a meandering path flanked by two 40-metre-long mixed borders of soft-textured grasses and perennials, punctuated by an interesting variety of shrubs, trees and bamboos.
This opens out onto a wider but more intimate area framed by a Corokia hedge, containing a small rockery and various borders including ‘Restios’ of South Africa which surround the existing rose and herbaceous beds interspersed with Corokia shrubs.
At the far end of the garden, there is a bog area, a plateau and a mound; each with its own of style of planting.
In 2017, Mona’s Garden featured on the UK’s Channel 4 programme, All Gardens Great and Small. You can see a clip below!
Mona’s Garden was also featured in a broadcast on Austrian TV, hosted by famed horticulturalist, Karl Ploberger. (Clip with translation here!)
And, in 2018, Mona’s Garden featured on the BBC 1 ‘Garden Rescue’ programme (low resolution extract kindly provided by Spungold).