A Green Oasis In The Middle Of Athens - The Megaron Concert Hall Gardens

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 09 July 2018
A Green Oasis In The Middle Of Athens - The Megaron Concert Hall Gardens
A unique green space in the middle of Athens, the Megaron Concert Hall Gardens is the perfect place to relax and escape the fast pace of the city. Walkers are free to stroll through the park and admire the garden with trees, flowers, shrubs, and climbing plants, designed to thrive in the local conditions.

"In choosing the species to be planted, special emphasis was laid on evergreens such as carobs, acacia, orange and magnolia trees, with care taken to ensure that at any time of year some of the trees would be in flower. The mimosa, yellow jasmine, viburnum and mahonia flower in the winter months. Early in spring, the ornamental plum-tree, Japanese quince and forsythia come into bloom. The planting of laurel along the fences bordering the gardens was decided on functional – preventing noise pollution – as well as aesthetic grounds."

When planning the garden, the designer's used the contours of the site in order to harmonize with the surrounding streets, the adjacent Eleftherias Park, and the monument to Eleftherios Venizelos. It was also designed to allow for rainwater run-off.

The Megaron Concert Hall Gardens host a range of educational, cultural, and environmental activities, most notably was the concert by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Riccardo Muti. No less than 4,000 people were lying on the lawn under the orange and carob trees to enjoy the concert.

A substantial contribution to create this open green space was made by the Onassis Foundation. The Concert Hall Garden hopes to continue to offer a valued place for encounters, reflection, leisure, cultural, and educational activities.

For more information, please visit: Megaron

Photo source: Megaron