Mediterranean Garden Society

The Mediterranean Garden Society (MGS) acts as a focus for everyone who has a special interest in the plants and gardens of mediterranean-climate regions. The MGS is a non-profit-making association founded in Greece in 1994 and now has members throughout the world. Branches of the society organise meetings and activities locally. The MGS is a place for discussing mediterranean plants, cultivated and wild, as well as every aspect of gardens and gardening in a mediterranean climate. The society publishes a quarterly journal The Mediterranean Garden with articles contributed by its members. The garden at Sparoza, just outside Athens, is managed by the society to demonstrate gardening that is in sympathy with the natural surroundings and our philosophy of waterwise gardening. MGS members may also join in the Seed Exchange.

The photos at the top of this page show spring blooms at Sparoza garden: Fritillaria imperialis 'Lutea', Bartlettina sordida, Euphorbia characias, Globularia alypum, Thapsia garganica, Fritillaria obliqua, Prunus dulcis, Freesia viridis, Ferraria crispa (Photos Lucinda Willan)

What's On
All MGS members are welcome to attend events held by any branch, annual meet-up, AGM, General Assembly, excursion or Zoom talk wherever they may be. Here is our current programme of forthcoming events around the world.
In Bloom Now
With nearly 1,000 different plants in the collection, you can always find something in bloom in the MGS garden at Sparoza. Lucinda Willan, Head Gardener at Sparoza, shares her favourite plants as they come into flower throughout the year.
MGS Charter Change
Following the 2022 Charter changes, now in effect, members can vote remotely at AGMs, which will now take place in the Spring after the end of the financial year falling in December. The next AGM is therefore Spring 2025.
MGS Sparoza in The News
Robin Lane Fox writes in the Financial Times about a spring visit to Sparoza: The horticultural marvels of a Mediterranean spring. It is magical to leave behind Britain’s sodden crocuses to be immersed in a topsy-turvy Greek February.
Become a Member
The MGS welcomes everyone interested in the plants and gardens of mediterranean-climate areas. As a member you will receive quarterly journal The Mediterranean Garden, be invited on excursions, meet fellow gardeners in your branch, join in the Seed Exchange and are welcome at the MGS garden at Sparoza.
Two plants for UK
UK Branch Heads, Freda Cox, and Stephen Entwisle select two plants that are Mediterranean in origin that can also thrive in the UK which are drought tolerant, attractive and lend themselves to any size garden, including container gardening.
Journal TMG 116
We discuss how we interpret the idea of 'mediterranean' in our gardening style, and whether we all use 'grey' and 'silver' plants in the same way? Plus the second part of the article by Sibylle Mattern on a very special garden in Andalucia.
MGS 30th Anniversary
We will be gathering in Athens on the weekend of 20 April to celebrate 30 years of the MGS with a programme of events at Sparoza, the MGS garden and the birthplace of the Society, and two plant tours in the Attica region.
Annual Meet-Up Oct 2024
The South Australian Branch of the Mediterranean Garden Society invites you to join us on a “Garden Tour Down Under” where we will showcase South Australia at its best. Pre Tour 9 to 13 October; Main Tour 14 to 20 October.

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