Zoom lecture on the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project

Tuesday 1 February 2022 at 5.30 for a 6pm talk via Zoom

We are very pleased that MPG member Catherine Cutler, head of the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project, Cornwall will be talking to us about the Mediterranean Biome, giving us some insight into the reality of keeping Mediterranean plants happy. She will spend time exploring the history and purpose of Eden, take a closer look at the Mediterranean plant collections, discuss how the Mediterranean biome is managed and talk about any future plans.

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Snowdrops and cyclamens in Devon

Sunday 6 February 2022

Jo and Tom Hynes are MPG members who garden near Dolton in Devon. We are delighted to offer a private tour of Jo’s National Collection of Cyclamen displayed in the greenhouses and in drifts with snowdrops, hellebores and hepaticas throughout the garden. The Cyclamen Society Winter Show is being staged at nearby RHS Rosemoor the previous day, Saturday 5 February, and Rosemoor’s Snowdrop Festival will also be under way that weekend.

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Trip to eastern Sicily

Wednesday 11 May to Wednesday 18 May 2022

​Visit both public and private gardens in and around Taormina, Mount Etna, Catania and Siracusa, together with wildflower walks, visits to nurseries and archaeological site and historic sites; staying in both Catania and Siracusa. Our trip will be led by local horticulturist, Sergio Cumitini.

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Orchis mascula

Mediterranean plants in the Burren and nearby gardens

Sunday 22 to Friday 27 May 2022

​The Burren in Co Clare, Ireland, has an extraordinary selection of Mediterranean plants in close association with Alpines on the apparently bare limestone pavement. Orchis mascula (pictured) is widespread across Europe from Ireland to the Middle East and beyond. The four-day trip will include stops across the Burren to enjoy wild flowers which will be at their best in late May, and include gardens and sites of interest in Co Limerick. Accommodation will be close to Shannon airport.

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Other provisional plans are as follows:

  • The Maremma Italy – 2-8 May 2022. Walking and botanising in the southern part of the province of Grosseto
  • Armenia – 5/6  – 15/16 June 2022. Exploration of the rich endemic flora, guided by Dr Anna Asatryan, who led our previous visit​.