July 2011


Dear Gardening Friends,

Beira Gardening Friends’  Christmas Event

You are kindly invited to come to Arnold & Marion’s Quinta Santo Antonio in Barril de Alva* for a Beira Gardening Friends’ Christmas Event that promises to be full of good cheer.  There will be plant sales, demonstrations on propagating, dividing and (vine) pruning.  Many beautiful stalls with Christmas presents, decorations, food, garden furniture, books, prints and much more will tempt you to browse and buy.   Tea, coffee, mulled wine, cakes and pizza from the quinta bread-oven will keep you happy and warm.

Those curious to see the Garden areas can follow marked routes.   Otherwise try the 15 minute chair massage (fully dressed) to say good-bye to small aches and pains in back, shoulders, neck and arms with Elena.

Carlos and Hugo Lopes will give a basket making demonstration.

Thank you for those of you bringing Raffle prizes and goods for the Charity stall. Raffle tickets will be €1 each and serve as an entrance fee.

Looking forward to a wonderful afternoon with you all,

Arnold & Marion & many helpers !  Tel. 917 850 235

Email. arnold.terhorst@netcabo.pt

*  Route Description to Quinta Sto Antonio

  1. From Coja and from EN17 in Venda de Esperança go to Barril de Alva, find the Band Stand and > follow signs Igreja/Casal de baixo.  Park in the church area.
  2. Walk up 50 m past church to end of road, to Quinta Sto Antonio’s blue gate entrance.

Stallholders are invited to arrive any time after 10 a.m. but before 1.30 p.m. on the day !

    Money raised from raffle tickets & the Beira stall goes towards two charities:  Student Fund of Beira University of Covilhã and restoration of a water fountain in Barril de Alva village.

    On show will be a non-stop informal DVD film illustrating the Mediterranean Garden “Sparoza” on a Greek Hillside, near Athens.  (A Mediterranean Garden Society publication.)

    Here are two photos of a plant brought to the Algarve last year. It is flowering and might be about to produce some fruit … does anyone have any experience of growing this ? and, can you offer any advice about what is going to happen next  ?