Mona’s Garden and Perennial, the charity helping people in horticulture, are holding a special evening event this summer on Wednesday 28 June, 6-9:30 pm to explore the garden’s new addition. The award-winning garden in North London is home to the Corokia National Collection and is being extended by 50%.
Mona Abboud is a dedicated supporter of Perennial. She has chosen to generously gift her garden to Perennial in her will and currently supports the charity through her garden open days.
As well as Corokia, Mona’s Garden showcases unusual Australasian, Mediterranean and South African plants plus other interesting exotics as seen in the media. Mona’s Magic, a new Corokia x virgata cultivar found in her garden featured in the Plant Heritage journal Spring 2023. In a new book,‘What Gardeners Grow’, featuring the favourite plants of world-class gardeners, Mona talks about Pseudopanax, Lophomyrtus, Ozothamnus and Uncinia rubra and Corokia.
The extension to Mona’s Garden is a wonderful addition to Mona’s legacy. Currently an extra 600 square metres of land is being transformed into a new garden space featuring an exotic border, a woodland area, prairie planting, and a raised border of Mediterranean shrubs and trees. A new greenhouse will be the centre of future propagation of Corokia and other unusual New Zealand plants. An exciting challenge with the new garden area is making it environmentally sustainable, recycling and reusing all the materials to reduce the garden’s carbon footprint.
Opera singer and musician Mona Abboud says: “I hope visitors will be inspired by my ‘labour of love’. As the National Collection Holder of Corokia, I am so proud to show off my new cultivar, wonderful plants and exciting new extension. Do come and join me for this special garden tour and soiree with canapés. Tickets cost just £65 and help to raise funds for Perennial.”