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MGS Excursions

Coming up

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.

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, May 2018
The same team of who led us in Sardinia are planning this excursion to the Italian mainland, beginning and ending in Rome. Once the detailed itinerary is finalised it will be published here. All members who may be interested in joining this trip are asked to contact John Joynes.

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, 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.

Greek Peloponnese 23 to 29 October
The course will be led by botanical artist and illustrator Işık Güner and based in the Byzantine village of Monemvasia. More information.

What’s next?
The Society’s aim is to provide members with at least one trip per year, usually during the Spring. Recent requests for suggestions from members have resulted in the following locations being investigated as potential destinations for future excursions: The Canary Islands; Malta; the Rhodope Mountain region on the Greece/Bulgaria border. Watch this space for further developments.

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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