Meet the Authors

Saturday April 5th, 2014

at 2.00pm,

Quinta da Figueirinha,


Presented by new Association for Mediterranean Gardeners in Portugal
We are very pleased to confirm that both authors will be present at the only book launch event on the Algarve for the newly published Kew Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Algarve. There will be a short presentation on Algarve wild flowers and the opportunity to meet the authors, Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock, together with tours of the Quinta. We will also have copies of the book available to buy at a discounted special price, the books are not yet available to buy locally.

This is the first comprehensive identification guide to the rich Mediterranean flora of the Algarve region of southern Portugal, including the Cape St. Vincent Peninsula National Park, an area of immense botanical importance with numerous endemic and rare species. The Algarve is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe and this guide is the essential companion for wildlife tourists, and the first comprehensive easy-to-use identification guide to its wild flowers.

Information is provided on where and when to see plants with information on their habitat and vegetation types. In addition rare and unusual plants of the region are highlighted, including orchids and parasitic plants. With over 1,000 species descriptions, the book is abundantly illustrated throughout with over 650 stunning colour photographs, 780 line drawings and distribution maps.

Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Algarve, by Chris Thorogood and Simon Hiscock
(Kew Publishing 2014) ISBN 978 1 84246 497 7

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Author information
Chris Thorogood studied parasitic plant biology for his PhD at the University of Bristol where he then worked as a postdoctoral researcher. Chris has taught field courses to university students with Simon Hiscock in the Algarve since 2006, during which time they documented the flora of the region, and he currently studies the flora of the western Mediterranean basin and has a particular interest in parasitic plant speciation.

Simon Hiscock is Professor of Botany in the Biological Sciences Department, University of Bristol and Director of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. He has lead botanical field courses in the Algarve since 2002 and his main areas of research include plant evolutionary genetics and plant reproduction.

We will also be holding our first AGM for the newly registered Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal on Saturday April 5th at Quinta da Figueirinha and all are very welcome to come along.
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All are welcome to join us for this very special opportunity to meet the authors and tour Quinta da Figueirinha with guided wildflower walks.

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