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Christina Lambert


Information and resources for Greece

Ελληνικό ιστότοπος του MGS

The Greek Branch of the MGS

Forthcoming Events

Thursday 1 February - 10.00 to 12.30 - Sparoza
Open morning at Sparoza
Please bring along anyone who would be interested in seeing the garden, finding out what we do, meeting the volunteers and sharing a little refreshment with some of our members.

Saturday 10 February - 11.00 to 14.30 - Athens
Visit to be followed by lunch at local taverna
MGS member and volunteer Catriona Gallagher and her partner Fanis Kafantaris will show us round the backyard of A-DASH, an artist-run project space. They will also give us a talk about the urban indigenous plant species grown there and their relationship to the city. Address: A-DASH, Asklipiou 74, Exarcheia 114 71.

Thursday 1 March - 10.00 to12.30 -Sparoza
Open morning at Sparoza

Saturday 3 March – 10.30 to 13.00 – Athens
Garden visits
Visit to a community planting project on Mt. Tourkovounia (behind Pschychiko) followed by a visit to a private garden. Details to be confirmed.

Saturday 10 March - 10.00 to 14.00 - Sparoza
Plant and seed exchange at Sparoza
Please feel free to bring along friends, family and anyone who is interested in plants. You don’t have to bring anything with you – just turn up and enjoy our beautiful garden and the company of like-minded people.

Tuesday 20 March - 11.00 to 12.30 - Kaisariani
Spring walk at Kaisariani Forest
We always enjoy this visit, where we shall be shown around the botanical walk and the new garden by the very knowledgeable Sofia, who works for the Tree Society. Kaisariani is

Wednesday 4 April - 10.00 to 14.00 (approximately) – Peania
Visit to the Vorres Museum and garden visits
At the Vorres Museum we shall see the new plantings in the beautiful courtyard gardens. We shall then visit the gardens of Lefteris Dariotis, also in Peania. We shall be shown around all these gardens by Lefteris himself. This is sure to be a very interesting day.

Thursday 5 April - 10.00 to12.30 – Sparoza
Open morning at Sparoza

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 April – Peloponnese
Visit to Kardamyli, Mani
We shall meet up with members of the Peloponnese branch, visit some private gardens, take a wildflower walk in the amazing mountains and enjoy some wonderful food. Program to be finalised at a later date. Will anyone who is interested in this visit please contact Christina Lambert so that she has some idea of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you at any, some, or all of our events. Check this page for added events or changes to existing events, or contact Christina Lambert for further information.

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October 2017
A visit to the Attiko Fytoriako Parko

Our group met on Monday, 2 October at the Attiko Fytoriako Parko in Vari at 11.00. We were welcomed into a magical world of trees, shrubs and plants, spanning 61 stremmata or roughly 15 acres, organised like a botanical garden with love and much thought. Only 11 dedicated and very hard-working people run and maintain this extraordinary achievement, which includes a nursery open to the public, a market garden, in addition to the eighty themed sections or modules outlined in the leaflet, and a Ministry-approved educational department for school groups and student visits.

A magnificent olive tree in the gardens; she has stood here for 1039 years

The Attica Nursery Plant Park, as it is called in English, is an interconnecting group of botanical gardens which houses and promotes human activities. The park comprises a varied landscape and the conversion of a large nursery into a botanical garden containing a great many common species as well as some rare collector’s species of the plant world.

The eighty themed plant modules are part of the environmental education offered by the Park. These include, among others, the indigenous plants of Hymettos, plants for local gardens, herbs and pharmaceutical plants, poisonous plants, a cactus garden, subtropical plants, plants for honey bees, pharmaceutical aloes, shade-loving plants, bonsai plants, paper- and fabric-producing plants, windbreak plants etc.

The cactus garden at the side of the education center

Thanos Vaiopoulos, the owner, spoke for a brief 45 minutes and could have continued all day, as far as I am concerned. He spoke to us in the ‘Biblical Garden’ surrounded by trees, shrubs and plants which are mentioned in the Bible and the Koran. He painstakingly outlined why each of these was present and why they had survived the test of time for Mediterranean people.

Thanos speaking in the 'Biblical' garden

He listed, among others, the following trees: olive, fig, mulberry (which needs neither sugar nor preservatives to remain an edible jam), carob (animal feed), Laurus nobilis (he mentioned that Sunday ‘των Βαϊων’ in Greek Easter celebrations was probably actually celebrated with palm fronds as on Palm Sunday), cypress (trunks used as masts for fishing boats), pepper trees (Schinus molle), and henna: the Koran mentions an additional species of henna tree, the others being identical to those referred to in the Bible.

Vitex trifolia 'Purpurea', just one of many wonderful plants in the gardens

Notes made by Thanos for our visit; too much for one visit - we shall have to come back

He mentioned aromatics and herbs for their nutritional, medicinal and culinary use and spoke of the importance of supporting the ecosystem by avoiding pesticides and herbicides at all costs, as well as describing a 90-minute trail through the hill above the park in which to observe indigenous plants and shrubs. He also discussed longevity and health in direct relation to activities and nutrition and he expressed concern about climate changes which had an apple tree fruiting on August 1st and wild cyclamen growing in September on a trail where they normally flower in January and February.

The pond where plants with water-filtering properties are grown

Again, thank you, Christina, and thank you, Thanos!

Text and photos by Lilian Lorenz

Christina Lambert – Greek branch head writes
My name is Christina Lambert. I am British but I have lived in Greece for nearly 24 years. For about 18 of these I lived in a house just outside Markopoulo, close to Athens’ international airport. The house had five stremmata of land which, when we got there, was a complete wilderness. Over time I transformed this land into a productive small-holding with a large walled vegetable garden, an orchard, stables for four horses and a pony, and an area for entertaining with a pool. Due to various circumstances that period of my life ended and for a couple of years I rented a house in Agia Marina. With not quite so much to do, I joined the MGS, which I already knew of. I joined the volunteers at Sparoza one Thursday morning and immediately loved the garden. I asked Sally if I could perhaps help her more in the garden, and I have been lucky enough to have been working with her on two mornings a week ever since. In June of this year I was asked whether I’d be interested in taking on the job of Greek Branch Head. I am now living in central Athens and ready to take on the challenge.
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