November 2014

The Linnean Society of London holds an extensive programme of events which consists of Lunchtime Lectures, Evening Meetings, Day Meetings and Partner Events as well as special one off events. There is a very interesting range of subjects covered in the events and talks organised by The Linnean Society of London. These have now been made available online for everyone to enjoy via the link above.

Linn Soc arms

The Linnean Society has provided a forum for natural history since 1788. The Society aims to inspire and inform the public in all areas of natural history through its broad range of events and publications.

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December  11.00 to 4.00pm



at the home of Rob and Rosie Peddle, Quinta das Sesmarias, Moncarapacho

If you were unable to get to the Garden Fair this year but are still looking for good garden plants for the Algarve, and want to catch the all important planting season, then please come along and browse the selection on offer. You can request a list and make a pre-order to ensure you will get the plants of your choice. We still have a few, a very few !, Salvia discolor and Salvia X jamensis (illustrated) as well as the lovely Ballota pseudodictamnus for sale.

All funds for the Mediterranean Gardening Association. There will be direction signs out on the day.

We hope to have the NEW Wild Orchids of the Algarve book for sale and other new and second hand books, some seeds, and with the opportunity to look round the garden and have tea & buns.

Directions available on request from or tel 289 791 869

Ballotta plant

ABERTO FIM DE SEMANA Jardim e plantas para a venda – Sábado 6 e domingo 07 de dezembro na casa de Rob e Rosie Peddle, Quinta das Sesmarias, Moncarapacho as  11- 4,00

Se você não conseguiu chegar ao Fair Garden este ano, mas ainda estão à procura de boas plantas de jardim para o Algarve, e quer pegar a estação de plantio muito importante, em seguida, vêm por favor junto e ver a seleção em oferta. Você pode solicitar uma lista e fazer uma pré-encomenda para garantir que você vai ter as plantas de sua escolha. Nós ainda temos alguns, alguns poucos!, Salvia discolor e Salvia X jamensis (ilustrado), bem como a adorável pseudodictamnus Ballota para venda.

Todos os fundos para a Associação de Jardinagem Mediterrâneo. Haverá direção sinais no dia.

Esperamos ter as orquídeas selvagens NEW do livro Algarve para venda e outros livros novos e usados, algumas sementes, e com a oportunidade de olhar em volta do jardim tomar um chá e bolos.

Directions estão disponíveis quando solicitadas de ou tel 289 791 869

S discolor cl up

Thank you to everyone who came along to support our sixth Mediterranean Garden Fair. What an amazing day we had on Saturday, but, thank goodness we had sunshine – many of those attending remembered the deluges of 2012 at the same venue so it was a great bonus to have good weather this year. This was our first major event under the banner of our newly registered Portuguese association. The new group has fiscal and legal status and removes the concern of being challenged about our activities.


Stalls view 2014

A new layout for the plant nurseries put everyone all together which made for a spectacular show of good quality plants. We distributed a lot of free garden advice leaflets and a lot of free garden advice too ! The talks were popular, and the propagation workshop was quite a challenge to do in two languages but fortunately our visual aids (secateurs and soggy compost) worked just fine ! The parking arrangements seemed to work well for the visitors, the shuttle bus was popular and did a good job in ferrying those who wanted  lifts to and  from the car park. The Plant Creche was a new feature and allowed everyone to collect plants with their cars from one point  at the end of their visit. These new arrangements were a huge experiment, and it became obvious that there is work to do on refining the arrangements for parking for our own volunteers and that for stall holders. Our less mobile visitors welcomed the provision of disabled parking on the site and this must be part of plans for the future. Thank you to anyone affected for your understanding on the day.

The MGA plant stall had a fantastic response. We had bulbs for sale as well as second hand books, and the new Algarve Wild Flowers book on the MGA Info table inside the building. Not all proceeds are profit as we have had to pay for the books and some bought in specially commissioned plants, and the cleaning of the car park, but we hope for a significant sum after that has been taken into account.  Our Treasurer, Richard, has been working hard on the accounting system that we must have for our new association so it is important to have our records accurate for the AGM coming up in 2015. There were also considerable set up costs this year for the new association so it was doubly important to make the event a success.


The real headline is the record breaking number of paying visitors to the event this year, a whopping 921 people !! Taken together with all the volunteers and the stall holders and helpers we had about 1,000 people on site during the day. Lots of smiling faces, lots of bags full of plants and best of all, fabulous weather for our annual bash.

Car full

The strong interest in Mediterranean gardening and the need for good quality information, and appropriate plants, has been proved –  and now we have had the best start possible for our gardening year. I  am sure everyone will be keen to get planting their new purchases, it was a very beautiful day and I hope you all had a lot of fun. As always, please do let me know your thoughts, comments and suggestions as well as any interesting comments from our visitors.


Thank you again to everyone for helping us achieve this amazing result – well done ! Can you come back next year ??