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The Mediterranean Garden Rejuvenation Project

June 27, 2024

The Mediterranean Garden Rejuvenation Project 

Opened in 1986, the Mediterranean Garden features plants native to the five Mediterranean climate zones around the world. The lush, accessible space is home to palm trees, birds of paradise, citrus trees, and many more exotic plants.

Mediterranean vegetation follows a different seasonal pattern than our temperate plants. It grows leafy and green in the summer and flowers over winter, bringing us beauty and enjoyment year-round.

As you can imagine, the Mediterranean Garden has changed a great deal in nearly 40 years. Plants that were once five feet tall now tower to the very top of the two-story greenhouse and the undergrowth has sprawled out. As abundant as the space is, it needs significant rejuvenation. And we need your help to breathe new life into it.

Photo of the Mediterranean Garden Ground Level at Opening 1986
Mediterranean Garden Opening, 1986.
wooden bench by the koi pond inside the Mediterranean Garden
Mediterranean Garde, 2022. Photo by Devin Syragakis.

Now, more than ever, our visitors need this greenhouse. It’s a plant-based environment to visit in winter when our outdoor gardens are dormant. The Mediterranean Garden and the connected Breezeway provide stable, climate-controlled green spaces where guests can always enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature, 12 months of the year.

We’re transforming the Med House with much-needed upgrades and introducing new plants to the ecosystem.

We have already begun making changes. Pruning is letting in more sunlight and makes room for new plants. It will be more incredible than ever because of meticulous planning to provide the best experience for visitors like you

While we’re excited about growing our plant collection, we are also looking forward to updating our automated greenhouse system to grow a broader, more diverse selection of plants that add colour and interest throughout the entire year. 

We’re excited to see how the ecosystem thrives once these changes have been made. It will be an attractive extension of our Breezeway’s inviting seasonal displays, giving visitors a seamless experience as they explore our greenhouses. 

As we put in the hard work to make the Mediterranean Garden the best it can be, we hope you are looking forward to the fresh seasonal displays we are planning. Our first new display in the Med House is planned for this fall and you can help us get it ready.  

Your donation is urgently needed and we hope you’ll give as generously as you can. Your gift will help us maintain and rejuvenate spaces like the Mediterranean Garden so that visitors can have beautiful, plant-filled experiences in any season.  

Horticulture & Collections at RBG

As a botanical garden, Royal Botanical Gardens acquires, collects, researches, exhibits, conserves and interprets a living horticultural collection. A key component of this role is the work done by the horticulture department which is responsible for 250 acres of cultivated gardens over four garden areas.

With tens of thousands of plants in our cultivated garden areas, there is always something interesting growing at RBG.