October 2014

Fernanda Botelha Herb class








Talks/Palestras   Conference Building   /  Sala de Reuniões

12.00  Hoyas, the wax flower

an overview of the genus and cultural requirements


Alan Butler, Brookside Nursery +


13.00  Workshop/Demo    Propagate/Criar



Rosie Peddle+*

13.30   My Top Ten Herbs Daisy Mae+

Medical Herbalist

14.00 Flores comestíveis e ervas aromáticasEdible flowers & culinary herbs

Fernanda Botelho*


Succulent talk

SATURDAY  1ST  NOVEMBER  11.00 – 16.00

  Palace of Estoi, Historic Gardens

lower terrace steps view

Entry €1 (accompanied children free)

Facebook see   Mediterranean Gardeners – Portugal


Organised by the Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal

MGA is our new name, but we invite you to another great gardening event … with new plant nurseries for 6th Annual Garden Fair dedicated to Mediterranean gardening on the Algarve. New for this year will be specialists in Agaves, Aloes and Yucca, ground cover succulents and specially selected and commissioned plants for Algarve gardens, including the ravishing and rarely available Salvia discolor, the Black Salvia and the ideal dry garden plant, Ballota pseudodictamnus from the Eastern Mediterranean.  

S discolor

The ample car parking is on the market place site in Estoi with a free shuttle bus service between the car park and the garden fair. Pedestrian access to the fair will be via the entrance to the lower car park near to the conference centre (old stable block).


Pousada of the Palace of Estoi  is signed with blue and white tourist signs off the N2 road (between Faro and São Bras) from Junction 14 of the A22 motorway and lookout for our signs on the day.

We plan to have a plant crèche next to the nurseries so that you can make your purchases and collect everything with your car at the end of your visit. The plant nurseries and main exhibitors will all be together on the old parking area in the lower historic gardens of the Pousada with direct road access, disabled parking and plant crèche/collection by car. This will be one of the very few opportunities to visit these recently renovated gardens.

Ballotta view

The garden fair will be held in the lower part of the site which is not normally open to the public and forms part of the important historic gardens surrounding the palace. The newly renovated and cleaned garden areas include fully restored tile panels, stairways and statues


The Conference Building will be open for refreshments, indoor exhibitors and talks/workshops on basic techniques to use in your own garden. There will be talks on gardening topics, including propagation techniques, culinary herbs, edible flowers and a special presentation on capers, with plants for sale ! There will be a Plant Clinic for your garden queries, new & second hand book sales.


Members of the Mediterranean Garden Association look forward to sharing their experiences of gardening with visitors to the Fair.  Special offer on membership of the new Association for those joining at the fair through to December 2015.


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE at Colégio Luís António de Verney
[Anfiteatro 1] Universidade de Évora

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Landscape is a cultural and ecological reality. Thus the lack of an approach which gathers both components has endangered landscape identity. This conference seeks to find and provide new solutions of ecological and cultural significance for Mediterranean landscapes which can be found in vernacular and more recent traditional rural landscapes in the Iberian Peninsula. For more information contact Dra Ana Rodrigues anaaurelio@gmail.com


DSCN1241Dra Ana Duarte Rodrigues
30 October 2014
6 pm Humphrey Repton’s Letter to Uvedale Price and its ecological principles, Sandro Jung [Ghent University]
University of Evora
Evora 31 October 2014

9.30 Registration. Opening Session

9.50 Session I – Scientific ambitions of gardens, gardening and gardeners

A garden is not only a garden, Aurora Carapinha

Strategies for water management. A global irrigation model, João Nunes, Miguel Sousa, F. Manso, T. Campos, M. Pereira

11.00 Coffee break

11.15 Session II – Cultural and ecological Mediterranean landscape

Sustainability in Alonso Herrera’s treatise and the construction of Mediterranean landscape, Ana Duarte Rodrigues

Paisagens mediterrânicas: sobre os fundamentos ecológicos e culturais essenciais ao processo de transformação, Conceição Freire

A multi-funcionalidade e sustentabilidade da paisagem mediterrânica: as hortas do sul de Portugal e do norte de Marrocos, Rute Sousa Matos e Desidério Batista

14.30 Session III – Sustainable garden design
Historic Gardens as cultural and ecological sustainable models, Raquel Carvalho, Maria Matos Silva, Cristina Castel-Branco, Inês Fontes, Ana Luísa Soares e Teresa Chambel

Space Equaliser. Ecological perspective of a garden, Rui Sá Correia

Os prados floridos, uma alternativa aos relvados para a biodiversidade no espaço urbano. A revalorização da paisagem, Maria Puy Alonso, Maria Conceição Castro, Carlos Pinto Gomes

16.15 Coffee break

16.30 Session IV – The role of botany in ecological and cultural systems

BOTANIC GARDENS – key actors in the conservation and sustainable use of rare medicinal plants, Ana Cristina Tavares

The Garden of Mexico at Monserrate, Gerald Luckhurst

17.40 Closing Session

BTN took place over the weekend of 26-28 September. The new Mediterranean Gardening Association (MGA) had a stand and display garden to promote our new group and also the Garden Fair for 2014. The display garden was designed by Marilyn Medina Ribeiro of Waterwise Gardens and contained native plants, a small herb garden and garden varieties recommended for Mediterranean climates. We distributed information on sustainable gardening, and garden visiting. There were many organisations represented including activities such as bird watching, walks and guided visits to the Ria Formosa, surfing, cycling routes and tours as well as the main tourist authority for the Algarve.

There was a good response from visitors and many new contacts were made for our events. This was a national initiative supported by EU funds to promote regional development and tourism diversification, the Minister for Regional Development, Miguel Poiares Maduro, opened the event and visited our stand. We hope that the success of this event will mean that it is repeated in the Algarve in future years.