Mediterranean Garden Society

MGS Excursions

Coming up

Jordan - Spring 2020
The Society’s aim is to provide members with at least one trip per year, usually during the Spring. Every effort is made to ensure that the destinations chosen are varied, interesting and exciting. We believe we have fulfilled all three of these criteria with the location of the Spring 2020 tour. What could be more different from our recent venues than the Kingdom of Jordan, more interesting than spending time in the ancient city of Petra, more exciting than driving through Wadi Rum in 4x4s while watching the sunset?

Our guide on this adventure will be someone who knows the country intimately: Oron Peri, MGS member, renowned plant expert and author of the excellent book, ‘Bulbs of the Eastern Mediterranean’. More information will be promulgated on this page as it becomes available. In the meantime, members wishing to express an interest in this tour should contact John Joynes.

The photo shows Iris haynei, one of the myriads of spring bulbs and wild flowers to be found in Jordan. (Jorun Tharaldsen)

What’s next?
The Society’s aim is to provide members with at least one trip per year, usually during the Spring. Watch this page for details of future tours.

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.

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.

Some past trips

Lazio and Umbria - May 2018
A delightful mix of visits to gardens, both private and public, nurseries and small, medieval towns in central Italy. The week-long tour included Ninfa, considered by many to be a contender for the most beautiful garden in the world. Abridged report from The Mediterranean Garden No. 94 by John Joynes.

To see illustrated descriptions of other previous trips click here to go to the (non-responsive) MGS Archive.

The photographs at the top of this page show past trips to: Jordan (Photo by Jorun Tharaldsen); Epirus (John Joynes); Israel (Jorun Tharaldsen); Sardinia (Alisdair Aird); Morocco (Alisdair Aird) and South Africa (Sergio Ungaro).


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