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greek seaside garden

Facts

name: greek seaside garden
type: countryside
address: mouresi to damouchari road, damouchari - pelion, greece
gps location: 39.4001, 23.1633
dimensions: 40.00x100.00 meter
start date: 2011-07-16
end date: 2011-08-03
more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelion

General description

Fabrice's garden is set on the slope of the hill above the beach of Damouchari, Pelios, Greece.
Damouchari is the only natural harbour on the wild Aegean side of Pelion. According to a Venetian legend the name Damouhari derives from the Greek expression 'dos mou hari' which means 'give me grace' and was a prayer of the sea men when in danger in the area. The castle built by the Venetians protected the storehouse and the only station of the area for tired sailors, from the frequent raids of pirates. These very storehouses were used by the locals to store the products they traded, until cars reached the numerous villages around and stopped the sailing of the ships into the harbour. The remains of these buildings add to the beauty of the special landscape and are in complete harmony with Pelion grace. This beach is famous for its big round, white pebbles and the famous twin coves of Damouhari, a masterpiece of natural beauty. Also in the little church of St. Nicolas are the wonderful sacred paintings by Pagonis from 1800 AD.

Ecological description

The garden offers a diversity of wild plants, trees and flowers. The summers are hot, but the winters cool and due to the hills (ofter 750 m high) there is always lot of water from sources and melting snow.
The dominant tree is the sweet chestnut, and the many beekeepers in the region sell their freshly recolted honey in small shops along the roadsides. Due to the moist clay/sandy soil, there are a lot of ferns, brambles and other evergreen bushes. They grow along the many fig trees and, of course, the olive groves.
At the seaside we can find specific wild edible seaplants, as kritima (Crithmum maritimum) and capers (Capparis spinosa).
Besides the many wild edible plants (horta) we find in large quantities the usual meditterenian vegetables as eggplants, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and much more.

Sociological description

The many visitors, coming from all over the world and hosted by Fabrice, take in turn care of the garden and its animals : Mimi the Cat and her youngsters, the giant flying beetles, the salamanders and the honeybees.
It's a pleasure to cook together a delicious dinner with freshly picked wild vegetables, extra virgin olive oil and goat cheeses. And the harbour is only a few hundred meters away for fetching some fresh fish ...