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30 Mercers Road

Created by the garden designer owner, strong geometry complements the contemporary architecture of the house extension, softened by billowing prairie style planting in the sunny area and shade tolerant shrubs and perennials in the woodland. There is openness and seclusion, light and shade, created by generous planting and simple hard landscaping.

Featured on BBC Gardeners' World and several national and international gardening magazines.

Sunday 2 July (2 - 6pm). Admission £4.00, children free. Home-made teas. Also open 33 Huddleston Road.

Ms Joanne Bernstein

How to find us

30 Mercers Road, London, N19 4PJ

Tufnell Park. Tube: Tufnell Park then 10 mins walk. Holloway Rd, then 5 min Bus 43, 271 to Manor Gardens stop.

More about 30 Mercers Road

This south-east facing garden is unusually long for Islington. An overgrown jungle until 2012, the garden was designed in conjunction with the design of the kitchen extension. The building work and hard landscaping were completed in autumn 2012, so this is a young garden, although all but one of the established trees were retained so that the original woodland atmosphere was not lost.

Sawn York stone has been used for both the floor in the extension - a single storey glass pavilion - and the terracing outside to create a greater sense of width. The warm colour and natural markings in the stone avoid an overly minimalist feel, and is more in tune with the Victorian façade.

A sunny bed of tall grasses, lilac veronicastrum, purple phlomis and Sanguisorba closest to the house forms a lush screen through which the rest of the garden is glimpsed. A path leads across the lawn to a second terrace and on to the shadier garden at the back where the mood is quieter.

The designer’s skill in organising space was acquired during her previous profession as a curator in museums and galleries where she designed exhibitions for twenty years. Her passion for plants has overtaken her passion for art, but her earlier career nurtured an expert sense of colour and scale that she draws on in making gardens.