The Mediterranean region is undoubtedly a climate zone beloved by plants. Dry hot summers, rainy winters and temperatures favored by an array of plants are some of the climactic conditions that make this region a plant enthusiast's dream vacation.
In order to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of their native flora, The Mediterranean Garden Society was established in 1994 right outside of Athens, Greece on an estate, Sparoza, which serves as a garden to showcase the plants of the Mediterranean climate.
Karl had a chance to visit Sparoza on his Greece adventure. The pictures speak for themselves. Take a look!
March 21st, 2017 in Paianía, Greece
Represented below are two of the largest plant family, Orchidaceae and Euphorbiaceae. The Ophrys orchid is commonly known as the Horseshoe-bee orchid, which can be easily identified by the horseshoe shape on its labellum. To contrast the delicate orchid, Euphorbia acanthothamnus can thrive on rocky cliffs and is covered by woody spines which give it its common name, the Chicken Wire plant
Bulbs were in no short abundance at Sparoza. Scattered throughout the garden, they peppered the landscape with vibrant colors and unique inflorescence varieties.
Although Greece through the lens of a gardener is not a bad way to experience this beautiful country, Greece has much more to offer than gardens. Historical sites like The Great Theatre of Epidaurus are destinations that enhance our understanding of the rich culture Greece is known for. Perhaps ancient Greek engineers had a better eye for aesthetics than the Romans? Greek theaters usually incorporated lush landscapes as the backdrop for the audience, while Roman theaters didn't take this design element into consideration. After admiring the beginnings of modern civilization, Karl's attention turned to more plants!
After admiring the beginnings of modern civilization, Karl's attention turned to more plants!