November 2013



Sat. 30 Nov. and

Sun. 1st Dec.

Plant and Bulb Sales

Open to offers !


10.30 to 13.00 each day

 Garden open, tea & buns, at home of Rob & Rosie Peddle, Moncarapacho, Eastern Algarve


Hello everyone,

We are now well into the planting season, the ground is enjoying some rainy days which really help to get new plants established and settled into their new homes.

We have some plants for sale following the Garden Fair and also we will have some more bulbs for sale so we will hold a special event this coming weekend. I have a list of plants available so please let me know if you would like to see this. Including some native palms, yellow jasmine, myrtles, salvias and some succulents as well as bulbs for sale.


Saturday 30 Nov. & Sunday 1st Dec.    10.30 to 13.00 each day

MGS members & friends / All Welcome

Rob & Rosie Peddle, Moncarapacho, East Algarve

Visit the garden, tea & buns available, but mainly there will be bulbs, seeds, plants, books and journals and perhaps even some home made marmalade available for you to choose from and take away with you.  Second hand books welcomed.

Come along and make us an offer for the plants and bulbs we have for sale. If you were unable to go to the Garden Fair, come and see what plants we still have to offer. Please pass this onto anyone who may be interested.

Map and Directions available on request, there will be some signs out on the day. Please let Rosie know if you plan to come so that we can get the kettle on and the cakes made !

All best wishes, Rosie Peddle

Tel. 289 791 869  email

Facebook page Mediterranean Gardeners – Portugal

Five in a Row, and not out !

This year we held our fifth garden fair on Saturday October 26th to take advantage of the extra hour of sunshine but, we had a particular challenge, to hold our event and to comply with the recent changes in local councils, and national legislation.  Everyone involved in the organising is very grateful for the help we received from the newly united Estoi and Conceição Junta and the Horse Association of Estoi. We hope to work with them again in the future. It was very disappointing that we could not return to the Palace Hotel in Estoi but the historic gardens there were so unsafe for public access that it was beyond our resources to prepare them.

The Mediterranean Garden Fair has become a firm favourite with keen gardeners, here on the Algarve and further afield. This is not surprising when you consider that one of the main building blocks of our gardens are the plants we use to provide beauty, colour and seasonal interest. Without the small, and usually family-run, plant nurseries we would have a much reduced choice. One of our aims has always been to support this kind of nursery and put them in touch with  gardeners seeking a wider range of plants. The fair is also our annual fund raising event to support the programme for the year and our own members plants for sale is a very popular stall. We are very grateful to everyone who brought along plants for us to sell on the day.

This type of event is very common in the UK, France, Belgium and Germany and the model is well known in those countries. Here in Portugal there was no precedent for an event which combines small nurseries with a wide range of plants, larger specialist sellers and the opportunity to talk to and learn from fellow gardeners.

This is an element we have always tried hard to incorporate and willing volunteers have offered their time and expertise freely to share with visitors. This can be passing on basic but practical propagating techniques, looking at one plant family, gardening with native plants or even solar cooking – and eating !

This year, again, we had the challenge of the weather to deal with. It was a very wet week leading up to the day itself and the volunteers involved in the set-up day on Friday were, once again, soaked !  Fortunately the following day was bright, clear and sunny and the plants all looked wonderful after their dose of rain water. It was indeed a beautiful day to celebrate the start of the gardening year.

We had some new small nurseries, one specialising in succulents and another with unusual plants grown from seed. The fair ground looked very inviting and the layout allowed everyone plenty of room to show off their plants and trees. We are always very keen indeed to hear about small nurseries with good plants to offer, please let us know of your own recommendations so that we can send invitations in good time. It takes a lot of hard work to prepare plants for this special day. I noticed that there was a larger range of lavenders available including the excellent Lavandula dentata  candicans in good numbers and even the spectacular semi-tropical African Tulip Tree, Spathodea campanulata for those who like a challenge.

We also had good presentations on Propagating from John Vellam, Low Maintenance Mediterranean Gardening from Marilyn Medina Ribeiro and another on The Nasty Stuff, Pests etc. as well as our usual Plant Clinic for questions and identification. This year we had bulbs for sale that are suitable for mediterranean gardens and these flew out on the day, obviously something we may have to include again.

As we were not charging an entry fee then it was difficult to estimate numbers but despite the change of venue and the last minute arrangements to comply with the rules, we were very pleased indeed with the response. So, a big ´thank you to everyone who came along to support this event, we will look forward to seeing you again next year and enjoy the wonderful gardening season ahead.

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Dear Gardening Friends,                                                              5 November 2013

It is with great pleasure we would like to invite you to the

Saturday 30 November from 12 noon

Beira Gardening Friends Christmas Bazaar 2013

(just in time for lunch)  till dark,  at Quinta  Sto Antonio in Barril de Alva.

Besides many stalls with Christmas presents, decorations, tableware, cards, calendars and furniture, there will be a great choice of homemade cakes, chutneys, jams, mince pies, chocolate and sweets.

You can sit down and enjoy some hot or cold drinks, fresh pizzas, soup, chicken, sausages, smoked fish and salads, while listening to gentle Live Music by Paul and Kin (Piano & Violin)

There will be two very professional adult & childrens’ Puppet Show performances by Marionetas from Alcobaça called  “Inès de Castro”  (

A very interesting lecture and picture presentation will be given in English by Wim van Putten about The Geology of this Beira region.

The programme for the Bazaar will be sent to you on request to

For now, please let me know if you will be bringing a stall with a table and gazebo or parasol or whether you prefer these to be supplied by us.  Stall holders are welcome to set up from 9 a.m. onwards but must be inside by 11 a.m. when the gate closes to prepare for the arrivals at 12 noon.  Please contact Marion soon.

We welcome volunteers to help with the food and drink, raffle ticket sales and prizes, entrance fee taking, Beira Christmas Plant Stall and Book selling.  Garden walks and games can also be monitored.  Any raffle prizes or articles to sell are very welcome. Let’s make this a very special Christmas to look forward to !

Looking forward to a great afternoon, with best gardening wishes,

Marion      917 850 235