Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis belladonna

ASSOCIAÇÃO DE PLANTAS E JARDINS EM CLIMAS MEDITERRÂNICOS
Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal
Saturday 7 NOVEMBER 2015 11.00 – 16.00

Hello everyone,

Autumn rains have finally arrived, so the gardening year and planting season are already well underway. We should have good weather for our annual Garden Fair, but we have inside space with refreshments if needed. There has been a good response from local plant nurseries, but we also have some exciting new nurseries attending for the first time at this event.

The location of the fair this year is once again in the lower historic gardens of the Estoi Palace Pousada Hotel but please note that all parking will be in the same place as last year – the annual Horse Fair and monthly market site near the school and just to the south of the town centre in Estoi. This allows us to use the car park in the Pousada gardens for all the plant nurseries. Signs will be out on the day so please look out for MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN FAIR.

This year we will once again have a free shuttle bus running between the car park and the gardens but it is still possible to walk the short distance if you wish. In order to give the nurseries the chance to set out, display and price up plants we will not open to the public until the advertised time of 11.00am. There are many good local cafes in Estoi so why not park up and then stroll the short distance into the town for a coffee. Refreshments on site will be provided by the hotel but some cakes and savoury food will also be for sale in aid of local charities on the day. The entry charge this year will be €2 per person as our event costs have increased, we are sure the added attractions will add to your enjoyment on the day.

As the PLANT CRECHE was very popular last year, we will once again provide this so that you can make your purchases and then come and collect everything with your car at the end of your visit.

Roses for Mediterranean Gardens will be available from a wonderful new nursery attending from France, La Roseraie du Désert owned and run by John & Becky Hook. They will bring their special range of roses recommended for Mediterranean gardens. You can see more about them here www.frenchtearose.com They will accept pre-orders for delivery at the Garden Fair, although they will be leaving their nursery in France on Wednesday, so get in quick! Their full list and description of roses is on their web site.

MGAP will have bulbs for sale on the day, including Paperwhite Narcissus, Scilla peruviana and Amaryllis belladonna – all good size bulbs from Mediterranean bulb specialist, Bulbes’Argence and all recommended for naturalising. There will also be some Iris unguicularis, Tulbaghia and Sternbergia for sale. This replaces our usual Plant Sales table, which will be much reduced to allow us to focus on managing the event itself.

NEW FEATURES for this year include an Advice Panel operating throughout the day on various topics including fruit and vegetable growing – culinary, aromatic and medicinal herb advice from Fernanda Botelha – using exotics from other Mediterranean climate zones from Marilyn Medina Ribeiro – making dry gardens – using native plants. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions about composting with worms, and tree care and surgery. This is as well as answering your general plant and gardening queries. There will be new & second hand book sales, seed, plant labels and seed packets for sale. Another new feature will be some free circus workshop entertainment for our younger visitors, we want to encourage them to enjoy themselves as well !

The invited nurseries have been working hard on putting together a good range of plants suitable for our gardens, from fruit trees to succulents, we are certain that there will be something for everyone.

HOT OFF THE PRESS We are planning to offer decorative and useful metal plant obelisks for sale at our Bulb Sales table. These will be 1m and 1.5m high and ideal for large pots or in the ground.

You can also place pre orders for collection at the Fair from the following nurseries

Brookside Nurseries from Malaga will be at the Fair once again with their very special range of unusual plants. Alan Butler will accept pre-orders for you to collect at the fair. www.brookside-nursery.com and email alan-brook-side@hotmail.com

Jardimseco, Tavira http://www.paisotec.com/jsaboutus.html specialising in dry land, ground cover succulents contact jardimseco@paisotec.com TM 967 495 831

Marian Vanneste, Porches succulents, ornamentals and container plants
TM 968702836 or Email marvanneste@yahoo.co.uk

Unfortunately, owing to family illness, Tynings Nursery of Somerset will not be able to attend but you can see the fantastic range of their climbers http://www.tyningsclimbers.co.uk Mail order enquiries welcome to tynings.climbers@yahoo.co.uk

Our hard working volunteer helpers will be around in their yellow waistcoats if you need any help or information.

While thinking about our annual Garden Fair, we would welcome donations of your second hand gardening books at our sales table in the conference centre.

We will also have a very special offer for membership of our Association for Mediterranean Gardening in Portugal, those joining at the Garden Fair will be members through until December 2016 and will receive exclusive invites to Members Only events as well as early notice of all events. MGAP Members and their guests will have exclusive entry to the fair from 10.00am.

Please help to spread the word, pass on this news update and come along to join us in celebrating Mediterranean gardens and gardening, and the start of another glorious gardening year on the Algarve.

Hope to see you on Saturday 7 November, Best wishes, Rosie Peddle

Email rosie@thebtf.net TM 918 718 474