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"The actual flowers are the plant's highest fulfilment, and are not here exclusively for herbaria, county floras and plant geography: they are here first of all for delight. " - John Ruskin

Mission Statement:
"To heighten awareness of the endangered native flowers of Crete, with the aim to conserve and protect species and their environment for future generations."

In addition to documenting the beautiful diversity of the flowers found here, it is our intention, through these pages, to record folklore, medicinal and nutritional information regarding herbs and other species as it has existed in Crete for generations. We'd be happy to hear from anyone who can contribute to this archive of social history.

The vast range of 'horta' or wild herbs is staggering and the wealth of aural traditions, which surrounds this subject, is immense and varies from area to area. We also aim to draw the attention of residents and visitors to the pressing need for conservation and to this end we are working with botanists, developers and conservation workers on the island and elsewhere.

Among our supporters we have a wide range of skills and interests, and we are all committed to increasing awareness of the need to preserve endemic and endangered species for future generations. At Flowers of Crete we rely very heavily for identification purposes on the work of John Fielding and Nick Turland and their superb book 'Flowers of Crete', which is now available after a second print run. We also use for reference 'Wild Edible Plants of Crete' by Kleonikos G. Stavridakis and 'Flora of the Cretan Area' by Nick Turland and Lance Chilton, not to mention Antonis Alibertis's excellent book 'Healing, Aromatic and Edible Plants of Crete' published by 'Mystis' in Crete. We are indebted to them all for the massive amount of knowledge and dedication that has gone into the production of these books.

Rosemary and Julia are in the process of building an archive of information and images for use by members both now and in the future. We are indebted to Diane Pomonis and, more recently, to Johannes Flohe for their generosity in donating slide collections of images of Cretan flora.  These have been added to Julia's collection of digital images and Rosemary's species lists, surveys and her growing collection of pressed grasses. We are also grateful to Johannes for his gift of his excellent book Kreta-Crete – Ein einzigartiges Blumenparadies – A Unique Paradise of Flowers. His book contains a large selection of his wonderful flower photographs and information on the flowers and their habitats. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of Johannes’s book, please contact Julia for more Information.

If you would like to support our work, there are many ways for you to get involved. Please contact Julia at julia@flowersofcrete.info to let us know you are interested in offering your support.
From left to right: Dr Jan-Willem Sneep (President of PlantaEuropa), Julia Jones (President of Flowers of Crete), Dr Rosemary John (botanist for Flowers of Crete), Professor Jacques Zafran (botanist and expert on Cretan flora) and Dr Lucas Andrianos (Director of the Museum of Cretan Flora and Botanic Gardens at Kolymbari). Photographed after a day's excursion to Elafonísi at the Amphitheatre of the Orthodox Academy.

 
  Words and pictures on this website by Julia Jones, unless otherwise stated
 
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