December 2011

Many thanks to Gerald Luckhurst for an inspiring talk on The Gardens of Madeira, when can we come for a visit ? Thanks also to Hapimag Albufeira for hosting our visit on Thursday December 8th. Christmas table decorations expertly demonstrated by John Vellam at the Christmas Market. Very best wishes to everyone for a happy and peaceful Christmas, with lots of good gardening to come in 2012 !

Buying books for gardeners can be a real problem, but a well chosen book makes a great present.

If you want some inspiration, have a look at our page on the right with a list of recommended reading for Mediterranean gardeners. One of the joys of longer winter evenings is definitely the chance to settle down with an absorbing read on our favourite topic, plants and gardens of the mediterranean climate zones of the world.

There are some suitable for beginners looking for help and sound practical advice, like the good original book by Hugo Latymer, The Mediterranean Gardener.

There are some with fascinating insights into the forces which formed our mediterranean landscapes, such as the wonderful book by A T Grove & Oliver Rackham on The Nature of Mediterranean Europe.

If you have some suggestions to add to our list, please let me know by posting a comment below.