2001 - 2008 PhD in «Design Principles in Hospital Gardens», Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

1999 - 2000 Master’s Degree in Landscape Design from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

1994 - 1999 Degree in Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment University of Thessaloniki


2021 Gold Prize in Landscape Awards in Urban Microscapes.

2008 Doctorate Excellence

2000 Excellence in Master’s Degree

1999 Graduation from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, order of ranking 2nd

1994 Introduction to Agriculture in order of ranking 1st

Has been included in the Personalities of Hellenism of Macedonia of the 21st century by the Center for Ecumenical Hellenism


2000 - today Cultivation of ornamental plants and Garden construction. The company is vertically integrated with retail and wholesale of production, marketing of agricultural products and provision of agricultural-horticultural advice.

2005 - 2020 Exclusive representative of the Italian Regional Nursery “Umbraflor” of Perugia for Greece for truffle plants.


30 hours lectures of “Sod biology” on postgraduate program of the University of Thessaly, Department of "Modern Technologies in the Primary Sector and Environmental Management"

10 hours lectures in Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki

28 hours teaching Gardening in American Farm School of Thessaloniki

100 hours teaching in Organic Cultivation for employment programs of the Greek Organization of Employment.

Member of Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects

2012 - 2019 Landscape Architecture Consultant in Municipality of Katerini

2013 Organization of an exhibition of nurseries "Kipotechnika" and a Conference ¨The role of plantations in the Renewal and Sustainability of Urban and Suburban Landscape: Properties - design - development "in coordination with the Association of Nurseries of Italy, AUTh. and Municipality of Thessaloniki

2012 Scientific support, study, preparation of part of the budget for the inclusion in the NSRF program of four Macedonian tombs and the Archeological Park of Livithra of the KZ’ Office of Antiquities

2011 Scientific support, study, budget estimation of the garden of the Health Center of the Holy Annunciation of the Virgin Mary of Ormylia, Chalkidiki

Member of Panhellenic Association of Landscape Architects


2018 “Designing small, neglected spaces” Gidarakou Μ., Landscape Architecture in North Greece, 27 April, Municipality of Thessaloniki

2017 “Creation of Healing Gardens in cities for the improvement of physical and mental health of its inhabitants”, Gidarakou Μ, Papachatzis Α., Karditsa, 1ο Conference for Climate Change

2016 “Healing Gardens”, Gidarakou Μ., Exploring Novel Medical Frontiers, Regional Medical Conference, 9-10 April, Thessaloniki

2013 “Present and Future of Nurseries during Economic crisis”, Fytotechnica, 18 September, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki

2012 «Healing Gardens in Hospitals: an innovative design methodology and its application in General Hospital G. Papanikolaou in Thessaloniki» Μ. Gidarakou, Ι. Tsalikidis. 1ο Environmental Conference, 8-10 September Skiathos

2012 «Truffle cultivation as a driving force for the development of agritourism in mountainous Greece» Μ. Gidarakou, Α. Papachatzis, Ε. Kalorizou. 1ο Environmental Conference, 8-10 September Skiathos

2011 «The creation of Healing Gardens in Health: medical and nursing staff’s point of view » Μ.Gidarakou, Ι. Tsalikidis. 25ο Scientific Conference of Hellenic Horticultural Scientific Society. ΟΡ-23, 1-4 November, Limassol, Cyprus

2011 Publication of book «Healing Gardens», EDIL, Athens

2005 «Creation of Healing Gardens in Health Facilities: the Greek reality» Μ.Gidarakou, Ι. Tsalikidis, Conference in Landscape Architecture’s Education, Research, Applied Science, A.U.Th 11- 14 May 2005

2005 «The role of ornamental plants in Healing Gardens Gardens», Gidarakou Μ., Vogiatzi Χ., Tsalikidis Ι., 22ο Scientific Conference of Helenic Horticultural Scientific Society, Patra 19-21 October 2005

2005 Publication of book «The cultivation of truffles», Kalliergitis, Athens.

2003 Lecture under the auspices of the Direction of Primary and Secondary Education of Western Thessaloniki on "Environment and Health"

2001 «The use of the natural environment to improve the health of the patient. The basic principles of design of therapeutic gardens and their role in hospitals. » Gidarakou Μ., Vogiatzi Χ., Tsalikidis Ι., 10ου Scientific Conference of Helenic Horticultural Scientific Society, Cyprus 2001.

1999 Master’s Thesis «Hospital outdoor areas transformed into healing spaces: Design to facilitate the recreation and therapy of inpatient children with physical disabilities», University of Newcastle upon Tyne, School of Architecture, Town Planning and Landscape. U.K.

1998 «Study of some factors affecting the in vitro germination capacity of the pollen of strawberry» Vogiatzis D., Paraskeuopolou- Parousi G. και Gidarakou Μ., 7th Scientific Conference H.S.S.P.G.B. Iraklion, 21-23 October