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MGS Excursions

Coming up

Sardinia, 30 April to 7 May 2017
Noted landscaper Maurizio Usai will lead us through the island's diverse landscapes of stunning coastal and mountain views, unspoilt Bronze Age sites, rugged uplands with cork oaks and rocky ravines. Wildflower riches include some two dozen orchid species. More information ..

Lilies and other wild flowers in Northern Greece, 1 to 9 July 2017
Botanist Chris Gardner will lead us to see lily species among a host of other interesting flowers. This tour, organised by the RHS Lily Group, is open to MGS members. Plenty of bracing walks through stunning landscapes of mountains, forests, ravines, lakes and unspoilt villages. Email for more information.

Mildura, River Murray, Australia, 30 March to 3 April 2017
The South Australian Branch of the MGS will hold a pan-Australian meeting in lovely surroundings at Mildura on the Murray River, with plenty of garden visits and other events. Members from overseas will be especially welcome. For more information go to the South Australia Branch page.

Pasadena, California, MGS AGM 26 to 30 October 2017
The 2017 AGM will be held in Southern California, organised by the local Branch. The programme will include visits to the Huntington Botanical Gardens, the Getty Center and private gardens around Pasadena. An optional pre-trip to Santa Barbara is planned and an optional post-trip is being considered. More information later.

Botanical art courses 2017
2017 sees an interesting and attractive range of good value short botanical art courses, offered in association with the Mediterranean Garden Society, in Greece, the Canary Islands and Morocco.

Pelion, Greece, 19 to 26 May and 22 to 29 September 2017
Botanical artist Maggie Niagassas will tutor pencil and watercolour courses based in Lagou Raxi hotel in an unspoilt Pelion village, with views over the Aegean Sea. Other courses include foraging, cooking and healing with wild plants, creating olive wood artwork, and making mosaics. For more information contact Sue Wake.

Tenerife 12 to 18 February, Morocco 19 to 25 March, Greek Peloponnese 23 to 29 October
Three courses will be led by botanical artist and illustrator Işık Güner: on the island of Tenerife, mainly out among the interesting native plants; in Morocco at the richly planted garden at Dar al Hossoun; in the Greek Peloponnese based in the Byzantine village of Monemvasia. More information.

Join in
What makes an MGS excursion so special? The fabulous wild flowers searched out in advance? The wonderful gardens, some opened particularly for MGS members? The magnificent scenery of the locations chosen? Yes, yes and yes, but the ingredients that give these trips their special zing is the quality of the participants. MGS members gathered from all over the world, friends old and new, enjoying a few days together as they absorb new experiences, share their love of plants, eat, drink and make merry. It’s the members who transform a holiday, which might have been organised by any travel company, into an MGS happening – a super-excursion for friends.

All these trips are by their nature for a limited number of participants, usually between 12 and 30 people, but if demand is great enough then trips can be repeated in following years to include everyone.

What’s next?
Looking to the future, in addition to garden tours and wild flower hunting expeditions, we are hoping to broaden the interest of the trips offered to include more specialisations. What would appeal to you as an activity holiday?

  • botanic drawing/painting
  • plant/garden photography
  • making mosaics
  • distillation of essential plant oils
  • medicinal and cosmetic uses of herbs
  • garden design
  • hard landscaping practices
  • propagation techniques  
  • growing of cactus and other succulents

 

Let us know
Join in the discussion about where would you like an MGS excursion to visit, what skill you would like to learn/hone while you are there? Could you teach any of the skills? All ideas are welcome. Please email.
If you are living in, or know very well, a beautiful locale within a mediterranean-climate area, with beautiful gardens and/or wild flowers and you would like to share its delights with other members, please email
.

To see illustrated descriptions of previous trips click on the links below.

Some past trips

Gardens of the Cape - Stellenbosch and Cape Town, South Africa 2016
An outstanding eight-day tour with visits to 25 gardens, a wildflower walk and two lectures as well as good food and first-rate accommodation.

Corsica 2016
From the President: Corsica by Alisdair Aird, reprinted from TMG No. 85, July 2016.
Corsica April 2016 – the Itinerary by Chris Gardner.

Morocco 2015 and 2014
MGS Tour of Morocco, March 2015: A Personal Account by Valerie Whittington from The Mediterranean Garden No 81 July 2015.

Epirus, Greece 2015
MGS Trip to Epirus in May 2015 by John Joynes from The Mediterranean Garden No 82 October 2015.

Croatia 2012
Spring in Croatia
by Fleur Pavlidis
From The Mediterranean Garden No 73 July 2013 (abridged)
Photograph by Alisdair Aird

Turkey 2010
Hunting for Wild Flowers in south-West Turkey
by Fleur Pavlidis
From The Mediterranean Garden No 61 June 2010 (abridged)
Photograph by Davina Michaelides

Rhodes 2006
Impressions from my Rhodes Diary: the MGS Spring Excursions,
by Kathryn Bradley-Hole
From The Mediterranean Garden No 45 July 2006 (abridged)
Photograph by Kathryn Bradley-Hole

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