Mediterranean Garden Society

The Mediterranean Garden

The photograph at the top of this page shows an almond tree shading the garden courtyard of a house in Pompeii, Italy, buried 2,000 years ago by the eruption of Vesuvius (Photo Alisdair Aird)

Edited by Caroline Harbouri, The Mediterranean Garden is a journal by and for members of the Mediterranean Garden Society. Expressing their knowledge, experience and sometimes failures, members from all over the world send Caroline articles within the broad subject of mediterranean plants and gardens. She also welcomes book reviews, sundries and letters to the editor. Although the MGS now has an internet Forum for direct discussion of mediterranean plants and gardening, TMG continues to be the chief means of disseminating knowledge among members. Many fine artists from among our members illustrate the articles with line drawings which make the journal so distinctive.

TMG
is a quarterly journal issued in January, April, July and October.

Back issues are available from the Secretary at 8 Euros per copy including postage.

You can consult a complete index, by subject, of all volumes of TMG that have been published so far.

A full list of Journal back issues and their contents can be found in the (non-responsive) MGS Archive.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 10, Autumn 1997

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We go back in time in this edition to discuss how to conserve historic Mediterranean gardens and explore the types of plants that Ottoman era gardens would have contained. We also are advised on growing herbs and citrus in our gardens.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 110, October 2022

Wild flowers in Greece in springtime attract our attention in this edition: accounts of orchids in Pelion and tulips in Attica and the Peloponnese demonstrate the rich variety and the need for conservation of these lovely flowers. We also follow the reconstruction of a garden in France in the aftermath of a devastating wild fire.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 9, Summer 1997

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We accompany the garden designer on his development and detailed design of an Ottoman garden in the USA. We also discuss the challenge of water management in tourist centres and the choice of native plants as a means to cut down on water usage.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 109, July 2022

We are transported to two Mediterranean islands where we hear the authors tell the story of how their garden has evolved over the years. We also consider the summer dormancy of plants, a survival technical employed by many Mediterranean species.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 8, Spring 1997

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Articles in this edition address the challenges of summer drought in gardens in mediterranean climates worldwide: in Mallorca, Greece, France and Australia. Also how to cope with gardens where the ground is only rock.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 108, April 2022

Gardens are in constant change and renewal, and Sparoza is no exception: we hear about the effects of repairing snow damage spring and the changing varieties of Salvia growing there. We also learn about a new approach to botanical gardens in Australia.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 7, Winter 1996 / 1997

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Hugo Latymer starts the debate on what is a Mediterranean climate, whilst Joanna Millar describes the changes in weather in the Alpes Maritime and how best to cope. Jenny Bussey looks into Synergistic Gardening techniques appropriate for the Mediterranean.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 107, January 2022

Travel with us in this edition to the sophisticated luxury of Montecito in California; to the quiet seaside charms of the Island of Samos in Greece; and into the fascinating world of Aloes, those quintessential 'dry garden' plants.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 106, October 2021

As wildfires rage through Greece we reflect on first encounters with the Greek flora and with Sally Razelou at Sparoza and her extraordinary legacy. We also venture into the world of bulbs and discover unusual ones in Portugal and travel to find many of them in their native land of South Africa.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 6, Autumn 1996

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Heidi Gildemeister in TMG 6 sets out her principles for a drought tolerant garden which have become the cornerstone of the MGS.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 105, July 2021

The fascination of native mediterranean climate plants in this edition provides an escape from the restrictions of the pandemic. We go hunting for seeds and rare Greek flora on the island of Samos; and lunching in Malibu where we find Californian native plants in a modern landscaping project.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 5, Summer 1996

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From extravagant gardens in California and France through specialist growing advice for Salvia and Canna, in this edition we even go down to look at ants and lily beetles.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 104, April 2021

We go back in time in this edition: to Mount Athos where traditions of a thousand years continue to this day; to Portugal where the Arab occupation left water management systems that still function; and to Crete to review the development of a garden over 15 years.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 4, Spring 1996

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In this edition we visit Lotusland, the famous and dramatic gardens at Santa Barbara, California. Gardeners from around the Mediterranean discuss the challenges of unpredictable changes in temperature and rainfall.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 103, January 2021

As the pandemic rages on we hear how a member's garden in Crete has survived during a prolonged and unforeseen separation from its gardener. We also learn how a major botanical project in France is taking shape and a member relates how his ‘prejudices’ have shaped his garden in southeast Spain.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 3, Winter 1995

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Getting into its editorial stride, TMG No. 3 first takes us to La Mortola, the Villa Hanbury botanic garden in France and then hosts a range of articles on specific plants including roses, salvias and daffodils.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 102, October 2020

The pandemic has kept some MGS members apart from their mediterranean gardens.We read about the floral events that are being missed in a garden in Sicily and about the summer dormancy in the garden at Sparoza, and how we can approach this 'off season' by creating harmony with sensibility.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 2, Autumn 1995

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Building on the warm reception for the first edition, TMG No. 2 has contributions from mediterranean climate zones around the world, including some useful advice on growing Agapanthus and on propagating Australian plants.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 101, July 2020

During the time of global pandemic, MGS members in Southern California write about their gardens and how important they are to them in the midst of crisis. We are also transported to the Greek island of Andros where we can enjoy the creation of a garden in harmony with the local environment.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 1, Summer 1995

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The very first edition of The Mediterranean Garden that set the style of the Journal which embodies all that the MGS represents. Skilfully edited by Caroline Harbouri, for 25 years TMG has brought together MGS members with expert writing and delightful illustrations from mediterranean climates around the world.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 100, April 2020

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The 100th edition of The Mediterranean Garden features a review of Sparoza, the MGS garden and the gardening philosophy developed there that we now all share. We also take a close look at lithops, those fascinating 'living stones'.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 99, January 2020

In our 25th Anniversary year, we share the highlights from the AGM in Athens and the Pre-AGM tour in Corfu followed by a tour of the Pelion peninsular.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 98, October 2019

Two islands feature in this edition. We begin in Lokrum, Croatia, where the gardens created by Archduke Maximilian of Austria are about to be restored. We then travel along the Adriatic coast to Corfu to learn about the development of a contemporary garden over the course of the gardener’s lifetime.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 97, July 2019

Unusually generous rainfall last summer and winter: we hear how the MGS garden at Sparoza has responded in this ‘Annus Mirabilis’. We also travel to the south of France to visit the private Island of Bendor to see how the garden vision of its creator has stood the test of time.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 96, April 2019

Indigenous plants feature in this edition. We travel to California to explore the typical Chaparral vegetation in California native gardens at the end of winter. We then go to the Pelion peninsular in Greece to enjoy the wide variety of grasses that are native to the area, and which we can feature in our water-wise garden designs.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 95, January 2019

We accompany a botanist on his tour of northern Tunisia and share the highlights from the AGM in Alicante followed by a tour of Valencia.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 94, October 2018

A visit to Lazio and Umbria in Italy with a  delightful mix of visits to gardens, both private and public, nurseries and small, medieval towns in central Italy. Also a look back at the early days of the garden at Sparoza.

The Mediterranean Garden
No 93, July 2018

Old and new gardens in Corfu and an article about growing endemic and endangered species in Cyprus are illustrated in this issue.

Caroline Harbouri - Editor of The Mediterranean Garden
Caroline Harbouri was born in London and received a BA degree from Cambridge University in English and French. She has lived in Greece since 1971. She has been working for the past twenty-nine years as a free-lance editor and as a translator of Greek works (ranging from medical papers to fiction) into English. In 1998 and 1999 one of her translations was short-listed for the Weidenfeld Translation Prize and the Aristeion European Translation Prize respectively. Under the name Petrie Harbouri she is a writer of fiction; her three novels, Graffiti (1998), Our Lady of the Serpents (1999) and The Brothers Carburi (2001) are all published by Bloomsbury, London. She is a founder member of the Mediterranean Garden Society. She was joint editor with Derek Toms of the first issues of its quarterly journal, The Mediterranean Garden, and since spring 1996 has been its sole editor.

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