24Mar 2022

Mona and her Corokia

MPG member Mona Abboud holds the National Collection of Corokia and is featured in the March issue of the RHS’s magazine, The Garden, discussing the joys of her garden in the winter season.  The article cites the combination of northern and southern hemisphere plants with rarities to create a garden that looks good in all seasons.

14Mar 2022

More than 100 London gardens: open weekend

Tickets are on sale now for the London Square Open Gardens weekend of Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2022. Most of the gardens are not normally open to the public and one of the most personal and private is MPG member Mona Abboud’s long narrow garden in Highgate with gorgeous exotics and a collection of Corokia. Tickets can be booked at Our picture shows Pembridge Square, created between 1856 and 1864, captured by Barrie Stead. This garden near Notting Hill Gate has a rose garden, long herbaceous border, woodland and wild flower areas and children’s play space.

7Mar 2022

MPG committee news

Briony Marriott (pictured) formally joined the tours committee on 7 March 2022, having attended it previously as an observer. Briony is an active gardener at home in West Sussex and has a soft spot for Pelion, the Sporades and Evia, also visiting gardens in any location, “preferably in warm sunshine,” she adds. Contributions from members are welcomed by committees of which there are three: the bursary committee chaired by Cathy Rollinson, the tours committee (responsible for overseas trips and residential events within UK) chaired by Maddy Hughes and a recently approved membership committee, led by Heather Martin, for which volunteers are sought.

2Mar 2022

Mediterranean garden at Sissinghurst

Troy Scott-Smith gave a talk on 2 March for MPG about the Delos garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, UK. The image shows a small part of the garden with Salvia sclarea, native to the northern Mediterranean basin, prominent. The lead gardener in the construction phase of the garden has been our member Saffron Prentis, who is moving this month (March) to work at Perch Hill, the garden and nursery of Sarah Raven. The talk was well attended with 71 members logged in to Zoom but, unfortunately, we did not have permission to record the talk for future member interest.

13Feb 2022

New member of Tours Committee

Julia Corden recently joined MPG’s Tours Committee. She lives in West Sussex, having moved at the end of 2021 from Perthshire to be head gardener at Goodwood Estate, West Sussex. Julia is past president of the Scottish Rock Garden Club and trained at RHS Wisley then the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. Julia is shown here in India, where she was leading a botanical tour.

1Feb 2022

Mediterranean plants at Eden

Catherine Cutler, head of biomes at the Eden Project, Cornwall, gave a talk on Tuesday on Mediterranean plants and their care. The live talk, open only to members, was followed by an opportunity for members’ questions. The talk was recorded and is now available to view here. The picture shows Catherine in the biome.

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