Mediterranean Garden Society
The Peloponnese Branch of the MGS
The Peloponnese Branch consists of members from several countries, most of whom have homes in the area, though some just like to visit. They range from those with little horticultural knowledge, to others with professional expertise, but what they all share is an enthusiasm for gardens, and the flowers and landscapes of Greece.
The Peloponnese, in common with most of Greece, does not have a tradition of gardening, or garden design. Instead, most of the horticultural activity revolves around farming and agriculture. We can, however, benefit from the rich archaeological heritage of the area, and the extreme contrasts of its landscape, to view plants as nature intended.
Since our members are spread across the Peloponnese, we try to arrange events in different areas, to enable as many as possible to participate. Events have included visits to orchards, wineries and archaeological sites, lectures, wild flower walks and, of course, garden visits. Needless to say that, as often as possible, we like to combine these activities with good food and drink!
The photo at the top of this page shows house and gardens of the late Patrick Leigh Fermor, author and scholar, near Kardamyli, Mani, on land which he bought in 1964. It is just one of the many horticultural and historical jewels to be found in our area. The house is now owned by the Benaki Museum. (Photo: Patrick Leigh Fermor Society)
To read about the events that the Peloponnese Branch has organised in the past click here (archived version in non-responsive format).
Peloponnese Branch Head Katerina Georgi writes: I grew up in London and, after training as an Interior Designer, worked with various Architectural practices, before setting up my own design consultancy, eventually expanding into garden design after studying and working with John Brookes. Since moving to Greece in the early nineties, my focus has been the design and renovation of traditional stone houses, and water-wise Mediterranean gardens. My garden is on a south facing rocky promontory, 200 metres above sea level, which I began planting eight years ago, almost entirely with Mediterranean plants. Now the garden is mature I enjoy sharing it with fellow MGs members, and other groups of plant lovers.
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