Natural treasure-trove trampled on by man

Ancient treasures that tell the story of our country’s natural history and that of the eastern Mediterranean, even that of Europe itself, are growing on mountainsides in the Peloponnese. Hundreds of species of rare plants and dozens more found only in this particular region comprise a natural treasure-trove, unique in the world. But millions of years after they first appeared, they are now threatened with extinction, unable to cope with the dramatic changes in their environment. On view at the Goulandris Natural History Museum’s Gaia Center in Kifissia until November 10 is a collection of botanical drawings of endemic plants in the Peloponnese by Danish artist Bent Johnsen.