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Thoughts from a Mediterranean Convergence

Articles: Thoughts from a Mediterranean Convergence

A remarkable series of events took place last fall. The Annual General Meeting of The Mediterranean Garden Society (headquartered in Greece) was held in the Los Angeles area, sandwiched between the two weekends of Pacific Horticulture’s third symposium, Gardening Under Mediterranean Skies. The combined events brought together gardeners from the length of the West Coast (San Diego to Victoria, BC) as well as from five other countries: Greece, Italy, France, Spain, and Australia. The result was an unprecedented opportunity for participants to meet and mingle with kindred spirits in distant lands and share our enthusiasm for gardening—and living—within this magical climate.

A few themes emerged repeatedly during the week. Regions enjoying a mediterranean climate represent only a little more than one percent of the earth’s surface. The Mediterranean Basin—the cradle of Western civilization—and the other four regions of the world (California, central Chile, southwestern South Africa, and parts of southern and southwestern Australia) are today among the most desirable of places in which to live or vacation. Yet, so many gardeners in those regions, particularly here on the West Coast, ...

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