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First Olive Tree Planted in Stavros Niarchos Park

A 3.5-metre olive tree was placed in the Mesogeios Garden at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Friday, the first of thousands the foundation will plant to create a green oasis inside Athens.
Stavros Niarchos Park will be a vivid green lung in Athens; a breath of life for the city which has the least green areas per capita in Europe.
Olive trees and pines will stand alongside the pathways leading to the interior of the Stavros Niarchos Park. The gaps in between will be filled with smaller trees to rotate open-closed spaces and create light-shadow alternations as well as changes in colours and textures.
An open space will be designed in the park to host concerts, festivals and film screenings, while the open-air, sunny Mesogeios Garden is planned to be a celebration of Greece’s rich flora.
The variety of plants alone is enough to make this garden a top visiting point for locals and tourists. Visitors will have a chance to walk through evergreen and other endemic plant species such as sage, euphorbia, lavender, rosemary, thyme, oregano, boxwood and coronilla. Each month will bring new colours and different flower combinations to the garden.

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