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MGF members are welcome to join activities organised by like-minded garden societies based in other countries. For more information and to request a place, contact the organisers directly.

Les membres de MGF peuvent participer aux activités dans d'autres pays organisées par des associations de jardinage qui partagent nos buts. Pour plus d'informations ou pour s'inscrire, adressez-vous aux organisateurs.

2018

Two trips organised by MGF member Maria Sansoni, owner of Flora Mediterranea, a specialist plant nursery based in Munich, Germany. The main language on the tours will be German, but Maria also speaks excellent English. Prices quoted in the programme details include air travel from Munich, but for those wishing to make their own travel arrangements Maria can quote a special price.



18 – 24 September, Cornwall, UK
Romantik, Gärten und Natur / The romantic gardens of Cornwall

This trip will include visits to many of Cornwall’s most famous gardens, including Trebah, Glendurgan, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. There will also be the opportunity to see a number of private gardens, and, as many of the gardens are on the coast, perhaps to swim in the sea. The main hotel will be Penmorvah Manor, a country house hotel set in peaceful countryside near Falmouth. For full programme details click here.

Contact: Maria Sansoni

19 and 20 September - Napoli and Caserta, ITALY
Palaces and Historic Gardens in and around Caserta

This trip includes a visit to one of the marvels of Italy – La Reggia di Caserta, with special access to the royal apartments and the court theatre, plus visits to two private historical residences and gardens in the area: the Giardino Dei Duchi Guevara di Bovino and Palazzo Mondo with its historic courtyard garden typical of southern Italy. Also included is a visit to the renovated royal silk factory at Casino Reale del Belvedere and its terraced Giardini del Belvedere with panoramic views of La Reggia, Vesuvius and the entire Bay of Naples.

8 – 14 October, MALLORCA
Trauminsel Mallorca – Besondere Gärten und Natur / Gardens of the island of Mallorca

On this tour, Maria has included private and public gardens in all parts of the very diverse island of Mallorca from the mountainous west coast to the quiet and windswept south-east. Well-known gardens to be visited are the Moorish Alfabia and the Botanical Garden of Sóller, but there are also lesser-known treasures in the Serra de Tramuntana, such as the botanical garden of the monastery Santuari de Lluc. Accommodation is in the Hotel Lido Park in Peguera. For full programme details click here.

Contact: Maria Sansoni

14 - 19 October, Lazio, ITALY
Gardens of the Castelli Romani - a trip organised by Mediterranean Plants and Gardens

The verdant hills and volcanic lakes just south-east of Rome have attracted Romans wanting to escape from the city for millennia. So the Castelli Romani, as the communes are known, are home to some of the most beautiful villas in Italy, with gorgeous gardens and grounds, and to the famous wine town of Frascati, the hilltop Castel Gandolfo, and the scenic Lago Albano. The group will stay at the elegant Villa Tuscolana Park Hotel, just outside Frascati, and the programme is expected to include visits to: Ninfa, Torrecchia, Villa d'Este, Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana), Castel Gandolfo and Villa Landriana. There will also be a full day excursion to Viterbo, to see Villa Lante and the Sacro Bosco, Bomarzo. Christina Thompson will be the guide for the tour. If this trip is oversubscribed a similar tour will be arranged in 2019.

2019

7 – 21 February, Drakensberg and Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Wild flowers of the Sani Pass and the Drakensberg and gardens around Cape Town

MPG is organising a 10-day tour of the Drakensberg with an extension to Cape Town. The guide in the Drakensberg is Elsa Pooley, an inspiring leader and author of books on South African wild flowers. This sector is a field trip and will entail plenty of walking in beautiful scenery, sometimes on rough terrain. The second sector is a 5-day visit to gardens in Cape Town and the surrounding area. An outline of the itinerary for the Drakensberg sector can be found here. Applications for places can be made on the MPG website.

21 - 28 March, southern Peloponnese, GREECE
Plant hunting in Greece – a trip organised by Mediterranean Plants and Gardens

Professional horticulturist John Fielding will lead a one-week trip to see the great variety of wild plants in flower in spring in the beautiful contrasting habitats and landscapes of the Peloponnese. Participants will stay in hotels in Sparti and Kardamyli, and the itinerary will comprise a mix of plant hunting and sight-seeing including visits to historic Mystras, the slopes of Mount Taygetos, and the valleys and hillsides above Kardamyli, together with Monemvasia, the slopes of Mount Parnon and the Outer Mani.

Contact: Maddy Hughes

2 – 7 April, International Spring Conference, Évora, PORTUGAL
‘Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden’

Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal extends a warm invitation to MGF members and friends to come to Portugal for the 2019 MGi event, featuring Olivier Filippi and James Basson as keynote speakers. A programme of visits to private gardens, vineyards and historic gardens in the Algarve and the Alentejo is being developed. There will be a pre-conference tour in the Algarve, followed by the main event in Évora.

Contact: Rosie Peddle