About this web site
Why was this web site created?
The world's mediterranean climate regions are distinctly different from other, summer rainfall regions. Because they are desirable places to live, there continues to be a migration to mediterranean climate areas. This has lead to a number of inappropriate and unsustainable horticultural practices - transplanted from elsewhere. These pages are meant to help disseminate a clear understanding of this summer-dry climate and how gardens can be both successful and sustainable.
Who was involved in its creation?
Originally this site was envisioned as a repository of information from the Medit-Plants e-mail forum. From that humble start, The Mediterranean Garden Society was given its first web presence, with the assistance of the late Hugo Latymer, and the pages were given a more organized character. Sean O'Hara remains lead for the site but collaboration - specific or general - is desired and encouraged.
What's the big deal anyway?
As the world comes to the realization of various global issues such as climate change and destruction of species habitat, more local focus is needed to do what can be done to improve these situations in one's own region. Understanding the local climate is a good starting point for all manner of lifestyle modifications, none the least of which is how we approach gardening - ornamental or edible.
Where are we talking about?
There are five generally accepted mediterranean climates worldwide - a large portion of the Mediterranean basin (the namesake), South and Western Australia, California, Central Chile, and the Western Cape of South Africa. Other regions can have marked similarities and occasionally specific local conditions may create a 'mediteranean microclimate'.
When did it begin and when will it be finished?
We can easily say that this effort began with the creation of the Medit-Plants forum, around 1994. Development is still ongoing, when there is time, energy, and enthusiasm. It is hoped that someday these pages will be transferred into other capable hands to carry it forward into the future.
How are these pages created?
These pages are created using a simple text editor, coding html and cold fusion routines directly. the main use of cold fusion is to create reusable 'subroutines' that can be included (cfinclude) whenever they are needed, sometimes acting upon preset variables (cfset) 'passed' to them. Simple if-then-else (cfif) structures are often used as well. The intent is low-tech and maintainable, staying away from technology that may not be supported across browsers or that might cause unnecessary performance degradation.