Mediterranean Garden Society

The Pelion & Sporades Branch of the MGS

This MGS branch is for everyone in the Pelion, Sporades (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros) and the surrounding area in Greece. It has been set up by local MGS members who share growing conditions, climate and vegetation and we welcome everyone from other parts of Magnesia and Thessaly. We all have different gardens: located by or near the sea, on hills or high in the mountains, but we find that through the MGS we can share gardening experiences and challenges.

The home of the MGS is Greece and yet our Branch members include English, French, German, Austrian, Singaporean, Dutch as well as Greek: everyone is welcome. Language is no barrier when we share a passion and enthusiasm for gardening and our Branch communicates with members in English, German and Greek.

As a new Branch our aim is to organise an annual program of visits to gardens and nurseries, workshops, talks and plant exchanges. We celebrate historic gardens and noteworthy contemporary gardens, but we also visit amateur gardens where there is always something new to discover and learn. We study the natural flora of the country and we seek the best approaches to cope with the local climate and to promote water-wise and sustainable gardening techniques. We also consider the place of wild flowers, grasses and edible plants and fruit in the garden and in the wild.

Our Branch Head is Sue Wake (biography). who can be contacted at Current and prospective members can also email Branch Secretary Janet Ibbotson for more information.

The photograph at the top of this page is of Skiathos and Pelion taken from Skopelos. Photo by Martin Beckett.

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Past Events

October 2018
Visit to the Pelion
In October 2018, the Greece Branch of the MGS arranged an enjoyable visit to the Pelion hosted by Sue Wake. A full report on the visit can be found on the Greece Branch page. In the course of this visit we agreed to seek permission to set up the Pelion & Sporades Branch and we proposed a visit to Pelion for the MGS 2019 AGM programme.

Cyclamen graecum in Pelion (Rosey Boehm)

Branch Head Sue Wake has travelled the world as an event organiser, settling in South Pelion, Greece in 2003.

Based at Lagou Raxi Country Hotel she runs The Mediterranean Centre for Art, Gardens, Plants and Design offering courses, such as Botanical Illustration and Mosaics in Marble. The Centre also welcomes orchid and wild flower groups to a little-known but beautiful peninsula of mainland Greece.

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