Greece - The Mediterranean Garden Society

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

Gardening under Mediterranean skies.... clear blue with a mountainous backdrop. Perfection.

Gardening under Mediterranean skies.... clear blue with a mountainous backdrop. Perfection.

The summer drought doesn't negatively affect this garden....plants from all over the world come together to make a harmonious design of texture and colour. — in Paianía, Greece

The summer drought doesn't negatively affect this garden....plants from all over the world come together to make a harmonious design of texture and colour. — in Paianía, Greece

The garden is laid out in a most naturalistic form with curved paths and reseeding annuals all about. Euphorbia and Senecio tower over tiny Anthemis and Aeonium. — in Paianía, Greece.

The garden is laid out in a most naturalistic form with curved paths and reseeding annuals all about. Euphorbia and Senecio tower over tiny Anthemis and Aeonium. — 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!

The Great Theatre of Epidaurus dates back to the 4th century BC and still holds a commanding position on the Peloponnese peninsula. The acoustics are superb, as even where I took this photograph, I could hear the people in the center with no problem. — at Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

The Great Theatre of Epidaurus dates back to the 4th century BC and still holds a commanding position on the Peloponnese peninsula. The acoustics are superb, as even where I took this photograph, I could hear the people in the center with no problem. — at Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

After admiring the beginnings of modern civilization, Karl's attention turned to more plants!

That concluded the visit to the Mediterranean Garden Society and The Great Theater of Epidaurus. To learn more about these destinations visit the following links. Thanks for reading!

-The Great Theatre of Epidaurus
-The Mediterranean Garden Society

-By Shem Ruszczyk
-Content Courtesy Karl Gercens