Mediterranean Garden Society

The Balearic Islands Branch of the MGS

The members of the Balearic branch are as diverse as our Islands. The Balearics are a melting pot where people from all over Europe and abroad enjoy the Mediterranean climate and cultural diversity.

We are amateurs, professionals or absolute beginners, but we all appreciate learning about gardens and landscapes, sharing knowledge or simply having good conversations under the shadow of a tree.

Balearics Branch Head is Emma Bannister: read her biography here. Members and prospective members please contact Emma with questions, ideas, suggestions

Activities and challenges
Global warming is happening and these Islands can play and important role to exchange expertise. The increasing environmental protection is fostering their role as a scientific crossroad. For this reason, we are promoting educational activities in addition to garden visits, plant exchanges, botanical outings and other meetings. The aim of the Balearic branch is to promote the interaction and networking in a friendly atmosphere. Eveybody can observe, comment, ask and enjoy!

The photograph at the top of this page shows Finca d’Ariant, Mallorca. These waterwise gardens were created by former MGS President Heidi Gildemeister; her 1,000-hectare estate here has been made over to the Fundación Vida Silvestre Mediterránea - FVSM, dedicated to preservation of the rare black vultures. The MGS visited during the 2018 pre-AGM tour. Photo: Alisdair Aird.

For older reports and articles please check out the archived (non-responsive) Balearics branch page.

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Branch Head Emma Bannister

Emma Bannister writes: I am a Landscape Architect and I moved from the UK to Mallorca in the autumn of 2021 to build a passive house and create a dry garden (using Olivier Filippi as my guide) on a sheep grazed dead almond field near Manacor. It is early days; currently the rocks and existing carob trees are the highlights of the garden!

My active interest in gardening started in 1985 when I used to take my toddler to the Canberra Botanic Gardens and our rented house had a garden planted with Australian natives. We returned to England and inspired by the Lost Gardens of Heligan, I restored an overgrown terraced town garden in Northumberland. We then moved to Bath where I did a years gardening training with the Women’s Farm and Garden Association (WFGA), started a gardening business with two friends and then decided to retrain as a Landscape Architect. Before children, I worked in marketing and environmental management for British Airways.

In 2016 I created a Show Garden at RHS Hampton Court.

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