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MGS Excursions

Coming up

Uzbekistan, 8 to 16 April 2018 (depending on air schedules)
A tour to see Uzbekistan’s exceptional flora led by Chris Gardner. From Tashkent via the bullet train to Samarkand for the first days. Then on to the Tien Shan mountains. The cost will be about €2,900, not including flights. Please contact Alisdair Aird ASAP as places are limited.

Umbria and Lazio 13 to 20 May 2018
The same team that arranged the highly successful Sardinia trip are responsible for this excursion to the Italian mainland. It will include visits to several well-known, influential gardens and a variety of specialist nurseries. Not surprisingly considering the popularity of the area involved this trip is now fully booked.

Canary Islands 3 to 10 February 2019
This tour is being arranged and led by Chris and Basak Gardner who have organised some excellent trips for us in the past. We are currently awaiting a detailed itinerary complete with costing and these will be published as soon as they are received. In the meantime members are asked to contact John Joynes to register their interest in this tour.

Botanical art courses 2018
Following a very successful programme in 2017 the Lagou Raxi Hotel, Pelion, Greece are offering a new series of courses for 2018. Course Tutor: Maggie Niagassas DipAD DipSBA Silver Medallist RHS February 2016.

Pelionís Orchids - 23 to 30 March (English)
Flora Graeca Introduction - 16 to 23 June (English and Greek)
Fruit, Seeds and Pods from the Mediterranean - 28 Sept to 5 Oct (English)
For more information contact Lagou Raxi Hotel or email Sue Wake.

Classical and Contemporary Mosaic Workshop in Marble

Pelion, Greece - 6 to 13 July
Course Tutor: Helen Miles
For more information contact Lagou Raxi Hotel or email Sue Wake.

What’s next?
The Societyís aim is to provide members with at least one trip per year, usually during the Spring. Discussions are ongoing with regard to arranging a tour to the island of Malta in 2020, possibly in March of that year. Watch this page for further details.

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
.

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

Some past trips

A Very Mediterranean Surprise: Sardinia - Spring 2017
by Sally Beale
from The Mediterranean Garden No. 89 July 2017
Photograph by Alisdair Aird

Lilies and other wild flowers in Northern Greece - July 2017
Botanist Chris Gardner led this tour, organised by the RHS Lily Group, open to MGS members, with plenty of bracing walks through stunning landscapes of mountains, forests, ravines, lakes and unspoilt villages.

Mildura, River Murray, Australia - March/April 2017
The South Australian Branch of the MGS held a pan-Australian meeting in lovely surroundings at Mildura on the Murray River, with plenty of garden visits and other events. The Mediterranean Garden Society gave a 750 euro donation towards the organisation of this event.

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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