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THE EVIA ISLAND GARDEN CLUB

Inspired Learning

Perched in the heart of a small Greek mountain village, the home of the Evia Island Garden Club is Villa Kasteli, a three storey house on half an acre of terraced sloping hillside. The recently renovated accommodation offers four double bedrooms with four bathrooms, covered terraces with panoramic views to the Kastello Rosso and the open bay of Karystos, and a stone pergola by the swimming pool.


Led by Head Gardener, Claire Abery, this garden retreat is being created to offer the horticultural student world, and aspiring gardeners from all walks of life, an insight into Mediterranean gardening in a naturally very beautiful Greek environment. 


In a short space of time, we promise to transport you and your students into a paradise of authentic Mediterranean gardening which also includes good food, comfortable accommodation and memorable experiences. We offer hands on gardening experiences, botanical walks and garden to table food grown locally. 


When in season, we offer the full olive picking and pressing experience, workshops designed by you for your students and friends, and a host of hiking expeditions in the immediate vicinity of Mount Ohi. The nearby Dimosaris Gorge follows the river from its source over the ridge of the mountain and down to the sea on the northern side under the canopy of magnificent Plane trees (Platanus orientalis) with wild ferns carpeting the earth, ending on the old cobbled mule path above the village of Lenosei used for supplies for hundreds of years. 


Contact us to discuss how we can create the perfect experience for you and your students.


 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Welcome to our beautiful mountainside, where nature and tradition combine to create the perfect atmosphere.

At the heart of it all is our passion and commitment to sharing our knowledge and love of gardening. Travelling to a Greek island, immersing oneself in the culture, the food and local flora is a welcome retreat from the daily grind.

Our Garden Club provides an engaging learning experience for each guest, a flexible program and new environment to explore:- one of the best hands-on ways to learn about Mediterranean gardening and useful, topical plants from experts.

We are here to help our visitors get the most out of their experience.


Get in touch and let's work together to create your perfect future retreat.

 

WELCOME TO OUR GARDEN

A garden on a Greek hillside

This video was taken in July 2018 and shows the oasis that is the main garden at Villa Kasteli.
Surrounded by dry olive groves and in the path of a fierce north wind that blows off Mount Ohi, the towering Leylands create a windbreak and offer privacy in the amphitheatre that is the village of Mekounida, overlooking the bay of Karystos. 
The main garden is a wonderful example of a thriving Mediterranean ecosystem and perfect training ground for beginners looking to hone their skills. Next door we have an olive grove and an opportunity to visit a spectacular new garden in the process of being designed and planted by Jennie Gay and Piers Goldson.

 

VILLA KASTELI

 

TRAINING AT THE EVIA ISLAND GARDEN CLUB

Set Your Goals

At The Evia Island Garden Club, we believe learning never stops. Our comprehensive training program offers teachers of all backgrounds and skills a variety of classes and courses geared towards their professional and personal growth. Take a look at our suggestions and reach out today to sign up.

Working in the vegetable garden
 

OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR CLASSES AND WEEKEND COURSES

The Evia Island Garden Club provides an integrated course schedule of learning through exploration, scrutiny, and previous experience. Our classes combine hands-on experience with knowledge-based teaching - take a look at our ideas for some inspiration below.

BEGINNER WORKSHOPS

Dive Right In

  • Planning your new garden

  • Educating the Eye

  • Ground Cover and Soil Protection

  • Hedging for a reason

  • Herb Pots and Herb Gardens

  • Pruning, Shredding, Composting

  • How to plant trees and shrubs​

INTERMEDIATE WORKSHOPS

Hands-On Learning

  •  Balancing the Ecosystem

  •  Windbreaks and Microclimates

  •  Water features

  •  Vegetable gardening

  •  Landscaping

  •  Pruning

Do you have a course or workshop you would like to implement in ideal Mediterranean surroundings?

Get in touch and let's discuss how we can make it happen.

 

WHAT WE OFFER

The extra details that make your retreat unforgettable

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GUIDED BOTANICAL WALKS

VEGETARIAN GREEK CHEF

Dinner Table
Lorna at the Old Stone Cottage

YOGA AND MEDITATION

LOCAL ADVENTURES

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FOOD

A few examples of meals made with locally grown products, prepared for a vegetarian audience, with special emphasis on an optional vegan diet.

 

GET IN TOUCH

The Evia Island Garden Club is located on the Greek island of Euboea (Evia), a short one hour ferry ride from Athens.

Mekounida, Karystos, Euboea, Greece

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