Thu 19 Jan 2017
Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal – MGAP/APEJECM
Spring Garden Fair, Quinta da Figueirinha, Silves
Saturday March 4th 11.00 – 16.00 Entry €1 per person
One of the aims of the Mediterranean Gardening Association here in Portugal over the past few years has been to encourage, if not actively pester, local plant nurseries to widen their range of plants. The smaller family run nurseries and garden centres which propagate their own stock have been responsive to our demands and, we hope, have benefited from the increasing demand for waterwise and robust plants. Plants which are native to Portugal, and also the wider range from other Mediterranean climate zones, provide rich pickings for our Algarve gardens.
The Spring event for 2017 will once again be in the lovely rural setting of the Quinta da Figueirinha near to Silves. There will be small and specialist nurseries, natural history and gardening book sales and native plant seed sales and advice from members together with tours of the Quinta. An opportunity to see a different range of plants from those offered at the Autumn Garden Fair. There will be specialist succulent nurseries, drought tolerant perennials, fruit trees and shrubs.
The main aim of the fair is to encourage gardeners to buy the right plants for our Mediterranean Algarve climate. With this in mind local nurseries are invited to sell their plants at the fair. This year apart from ornamental shrubs, trees and plants we want to emphasise The Edible Garden and so will encourage the sale of fruit trees, vegetable plants and herbs. It makes sense therefore to include invitations to wine producers in the area to participate.
In addition to the sale of plants there will be free talks on permaculture at 11.30am
‘An Introduction to Permaculture’, by Julia Thiemicke, and a presentation on ´Wormeries and Soil Improvement´ by Nelson Lourenço at 13.00. In addition, a speakers corner with a talk about the pH (relative acidity and alkalinity) of soils and an introduction to the exciting new MGAP project for an indigenous plant demonstration garden which is on the same site as the Spring Fair.
Best of all perhaps is the chance to see selected specialist nurseries coming together in one place to show the best of their plants for sale. At the same time you will have the opportunity to talk to them about those plants and how to get the best performance from them. Spring is a great time of year to see plants looking their best and ready to go into the ground before the summer heat, come along on March 4 and you will find plenty of choice for your garden.
The Fair will be open from 11.00 to 16.00. Free parking on site, plant creche and catering available. Entry fee €1.
For more information see www.mediterraneangardeningportugal.org
and Quinta Web site www.qdf.pt