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Mediterranean climates, world-wide, are characterized by cool, wet winters and summer drought. Temperatures may vary considerably, some areas have hard frosts in winters, others barely any frost at all; in some, summers are unbearably hot and dry, others mild and foggy. Plants native to these areas are genetically programmed to withstand these specific conditions. One common form of adaptation is a summer dormancy period as that is the most difficult season to survive (as opposed to a freezing winter). This range of conditions in otherwise similar climates creates a variety of plant adaptations which are particularly useful to gardeners, especially in areas of numerous microclimates.
The major Mediterranean climates of the world are, of course, the area surrounding the Sea of the same name, the South African Cape, Southern and Western Australia, Central Chile, and much of California. There are other areas 'allied' with these climates as well. Gardeners in these areas enjoy a diversity of native plants (the South African Cape endemic flora is the most diverse in the world), as well as the beautiful and interesting plants of other similar climates which sometimes become naturalized ("No, Eucalyptus is not native to California"). There is so much to be learned about appropriate horticulture in these regions. Working with the natural forces that shape our unique regions, we can create astonishing beauty as well as minimal maintenance through climate appropriate plantings.
190 Seeds of Trees and Shrubs For Mediterranean Climates (webpage price-list)
Natives, and introduced species - Catalogues by Geographical regions.
Economic, Ethnobotanic and Useful Plants, including appropriate plants for various conditions.
While there is an ever expanding variety of horticultural resources on the Internet, most of these are completely general in their focus, or specific to a special interest or climate without stating those assumptions. There is much to be gained in the experiences of fellow gardeners in all climates, but often you yearn to 'talk' with someone who directly understands your unique horticultural challenges and successes.
This discussion group was established to fill that need for gardeners in the 5 mediterranean climate zones throughout the world, regardless of their specific interests. It has also attracted attention from gardeners in related climates as well as those in other areas who have a special interest in plants from mediterranean regions.
Worldwide, there is recent focus on the problem of global warming. This phenomenon can create a Mediterranean-like effect in parts of the world formerly not classified as having a mediterranean climate. Lessons learned and disseminated from experiences in mediterranean climate regions may be of special value in the future. There is so much yet to be learned about appropriate horticulture in mediterranean climates. Working with the natural forces that shape our unique regions, we can create real beauty with minimal maintenance through climate appropriate plantings and techniques.
This discussion group was created to foster these ideas and promote the dissemination of information from gardener to gardener. Many of us are struggling with similar problems and can benefit from solutions dreamt up halfway around the globe. Join us in expanding our unique horticulture and appreciation of plants mediterranean.