Mediterranean Garden Society

The Mediterranean Garden Society (MGS) acts as a focus for everyone who has a special interest in the plants and gardens of mediterranean-climate regions. The MGS is a non-profit-making association founded in Greece in 1994 and now has members throughout the world. Branches of the society organise meetings and activities locally. The MGS is a place for discussing mediterranean plants, cultivated and wild, as well as every aspect of gardens and gardening in a mediterranean climate. The society publishes a quarterly journal The Mediterranean Garden with articles contributed by its members. The garden at Sparoza, just outside Athens, is managed by the society to demonstrate gardening that is in sympathy with the natural surroundings and our philosophy of waterwise gardening. MGS members may also join in the Seed Exchange.

The photos at the top of this page show spring blooms at Sparoza garden: Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea', Bartlettina sordida, Euphorbia characias, Globularia alypum, Thapsia garganica, Fritillaria obliqua, Prunus dulcis, Freesia viridis, Ferraria crispa (Photos Lucinda Willan)

What's On
All MGS members are welcome to attend events held by any branch, annual meet-up, AGM, General Assembly, excursion or Zoom talk wherever they may be. Here is our current programme of forthcoming events around the world.
In Bloom Now
With nearly 1,000 different plants in the collection, you can always find something in bloom in the MGS garden at Sparoza. Lucinda Willan, Head Gardener at Sparoza, shares her favourite plants as they come into flower throughout the year.
The Mediterranean Garden Society welcomes everyone interested in the plants and gardens of mediterranean-climate areas. Members receive quarterly journal The Mediterranean Garden, join a branch and the Seed Exchange.
Balearics Branch, Spain
Emma Bannister is Branch Head: a Landscape Architect who moved from the UK to Mallorca in 2021 to build a passive house and create a dry garden (using Olivier Filippi as her guide) on a sheep grazed dead almond field near Manacor.

Seed List - July 2024
MGS Seed Exchange has nearly 500 taxon available to Members. Chantal Guiraud thanks the generous donors who added many new species to our seed list: these seeds come from Belgium, France, Greece, Malta, Spain and USA.
Journal TMG 117
We discuss fashions in garden plants and should we welcome back to our gardens those once popular plants which have fallen out of vogue. We also visit a garden in the Peloponnese and learn about its history and design principles.
MGS 30th Anniversary
A celebration of 30 years of the MGS with events by the Attica and Peloponnese branches. Garden visits to Sparoza and Patrick Lee Fermor's house; botanising on Mount Kithaironas; visits to Delphi and Kardamyli; and lots of food.
Annual Meet-Up Oct 2024
The South Australian Branch of the Mediterranean Garden Society invites you to join us on a “Garden Tour Down Under” where we will showcase South Australia at its best. Pre Tour 9 to 13 October; Main Tour 14 to 20 October.

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