About Us

Mediterranean Plants and Gardens is a not-for-profit association of people who share an interest in the flora and gardens of Mediterranean climates embracing concepts of sustainable gardening such as matching plant species intelligently to their environment and giving attention to economical use of water.

Management Committee 2019 (L to R): Heather Martin, David Mason, Sue Tymon, Cathy Rollinson, Maddy Hughes, John Fielding, Becky Cross.

MPG is run by volunteers. Tours and events are organised by members and for members. They are open, space permitting, to members of its sister organisations in France, Portugal, South Africa, Chile, Margaret River Australia, California and the Okanagan in the spirit MPG was founded, namely to help each other finding and learning about plants and/or gardens, and exploring places that may be special. Members enjoy a varied programme of tours and events which give the opportunity to meet others with similar interests, and to share knowledge.

Our Management Committee 2021

Sue Tymon

Sue Tymon (Chairman)

After a career in the London reinsurance market, I became more interested in plants when I became a homeowner. Frustration at not being able to solve my own garden problems led me to become a professional garden designer. After 20 years I have now retired and am looking forward to digging my own plot here in the UK and spending more time at our home in the Ionian island of Meganisi Greece. I became involved in the Management Committee to give back to the organisation. I have found that MPG is a welcoming, inclusive place and I thoroughly enjoy all it has to offer.

David Mason

David Mason (Treasurer)

After a 30-year career in Information Technology with ICI, I retired in 2008. We love to travel and have a house in the south of France where we spend part of the year. I have various voluntary occupations, including being treasurer of MPG and treasurer of Berwick Parish Church Trust. We moved to the Scottish Borders in 2019 from Kensington, where I was the director responsible for finance for our housing development. I also assisted a former colleague in writing software for a new aircraft instrument he has developed.

Joey Clover (Secretary)

Originally from Yorkshire, I worked in the textile and fashion world for many years. I have experimented growing tropical and Mediterranean plants and am involved with the National Garden Scheme in London but I head for the countryside as often as I can.

Maddy Hughes

Maddy Hughes (Tours Committee Chairman)

I retired from a career with a major international bank in 2016. Since then I have travelled widely and had the time to enjoy more extensively my outdoor interests which include hill and mountain walking, visiting gardens, and archaeological and historic sites. I lived and worked in Greece from 2010-2013 during which time I enjoyed exploring both the Peloponnese and the Cyclades. My husband, Geoff, and I currently have two gardens in Yorkshire; Geoff is the more active gardener. I also undertake voluntary activities with Yorkshire Gardens Trust.

Cathy Rollinson

Cathy Rollinson (Bursary Committee Chairman)

I studied languages and then had a number of roles with the British Council. After studying for an MBA, my career changed direction, initially into management consultancy and then as a non-executive chairman of a health authority, an NHS Trust and a housing association. I have been chairman of the local group of the Hardy Plant Society and also their national chairman for three years. I now chair the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee. We owned a house in northern Italy for 15 years but are now free to travel more widely.

John Fielding

John Fielding (Committee Member)

I’m a professional horticulturist who trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. In the scope of my work I’m a photographer, author, lecturer, garden designer and plant breeder, and grow a wide range of plants including many bulbous from the Mediterranean and particularly Crete. With Nick Turland and Brian Mathew I produced the book Flowers of Crete published by RBG Kew. I’m also a committee member of the Royal Horticultural Society involved in judging shows and plant trials.

Heather Martin

Heather Martin (Committee Member)

After a career as a journalist in Venezuela, Canada and the Middle East I ran a company providing administrative, legal and accounting services for not-for-profit associations. I love the Mediterranean and enjoy going off the beaten track to look for indigenous plants. I was the first chairman of the management committee and enjoy helping MPG flourish as a friendly open association, bringing together those keen on Mediterranean plants and gardens on trips in the Mediterranean basin, UK visits and meetings, and through its website.