36 Potters Lane; a mini masterpiece

At almost 100 metres, this unusually long suburban garden in Barnet is a visitor’s delight. From formally planted borders and lovely, restful seating areas, to a productive vegetable garden, mini-meadow and beautifully planted wildlife area there are ideas and inspiration for all.

A closer look


The garden has evolved over the last 32 years, and is still evolving as the owners continue to work on it.  With it’s gentle slope away from the house and its unusually length for a suburban garden, the space is divided into different areas, a formal garden, a working garden, a less formal area leading to a gate through a purple beech hedge into a secret garden and wildlife pond. The garden has a large patio, summer house and arbour, a small vegetable plot and greenhouse. The planting around the pond and wildlife area is brilliant with its jewel-like colours of iris, lily and alliums.

“Our current favourite part of the garden is our secret garden through the gate in the beech hedge,” say owners Rod and Laurie. “This was started only two years ago and is still being developed, but we love all of the garden at different times of the year. Some of the challenges recently have been finding the right plants to grow under the shade of a large oak tree in a very dry part of the garden. Our biggest reward is sharing the garden and seeing the enjoyment it brings to others.”

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