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Mona’s Garden is visited by Karl Ploberger for Austrian TV

Translation

My next stop is to a very unusual and much visited garden. It was voted ‘Best Back Garden’ in London by ‘The London Gardens Society’.

In fact there is a TV crew on site today to interview both the owner Mona Abboud and me also [Karl Ploberger], what an honour!

Mona Abboud comes from Switzerland and for the last 17 years has transformed her long and narrow plot into a botanical garden.

Plants from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa grow perfectly well in the London climate without protection, thanks to the appropriate soil and position.

Interview:

Karl: “Mona, you are in fact a plant collector, with many unusual plants. How did that happen?”

Mona: “My Father loved plants, but he grew only the more ordinary, usual ones.”

Karl, pointing to a ‘Bottlebrush’, also known as ‘Callistemon’: “But this is not ordinary, a ‘bottlebrush’!”

Mona: “Yes, I love the unusual! A ‘bottlebrush’. And it grows here because it never gets too cold, usually no lower than -3/-4°C.”

Karl pointing to a ‘Pistacia lentiscus’: “Here we have a Mediterranean plant, ‘Pisticia’!”

Mona: “Absolutely, it is beautiful and has lovely foliage.”

Karl: “Definitely a botanical garden!”

Based on my short visit of Mona’s garden, I can describe her as an exuberant gardener who enjoys showing us the most interesting parts of her garden.

New discovery of a mature Corokia x virgata ‘County Park Purple’ at the ‘Jardin Exotique’ in Roscoff, Brittany which was bred by ‘County Park Nursery’ in Hornchurch, Essex but seems to have disappeared from the UK in recent years.

Corokia x virgata 'County Park Purple'New discovery of a mature Corokia x virgata ‘County Park Purple’ at the ‘Jardin Exotique’ in Roscoff, Brittany which was bred by ‘County Park Nursery’ in Hornchurch, Essex but seems to have disappeared from the UK in recent years.