November 2011


On Sunday morning after a very busy day at the Garden Fair, a group of helpers enjoyed a  Garden Visit to Mandihari ,Vivian Hirst´s home near Almancil. Vivian is a new member of the MGS and a very experienced garden designer. We visited this garden in June last year when we focussed on the many Australian plants in the garden.

There was much to see and it was a glorious sunny day to visit this very special garden.  It is a rare treat to see a garden which has matured under the knowledgeable guiding hand of a discerning designer. There were many lessons on use of spaces, planting  appropriate to the conditions and everyone was inspired by the wonderful peaceful atmosphere after our hectic annual fund raising event.

Quinta das Salinas, Almancil


Margaret & Jeffrey Jackson  kindly agreed to open their gravel garden to us. Margaret recently won the ‘Garden of the Year’ award in the competition organised by local garden clubs.

It was a special opportunity to see a well designed garden with a definite bias towards plantsmanship – Margaret’s interest in her garden was demonstrated by the sympathetic use of many rare plants alongside the native and more familiar plants.

Margaret’s talk on Sculpture in the Garden  also provided inspiration, from the grand formal set piece grottoes and temples to the sculpted marble figures of Henry Moore and the small collections of terracotta pots and pebbles that we all seem to accumulate in our travels – or even watering cans ! The examples of land art, with a lovely use of rocks, branches and sculpted sand channels made everyone itch to get home and have a go themselves !