Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal – MGAP/APEJECM

Spring Garden Fair, Quinta da Figueirinha, Silves

Saturday March 4th 11.00 – 16.00 Entry €1 per person


One of the aims of the Mediterranean Gardening Association here in Portugal over the past few years has been to encourage, if not actively pester, local plant nurseries to widen their range of plants. The smaller family run nurseries and garden centres which propagate their own stock have been responsive to our demands and, we hope, have benefited from the increasing demand for waterwise and robust plants. Plants which are native to Portugal, and also the wider range from other Mediterranean climate zones, provide rich pickings for our Algarve gardens.

The Spring event for 2017 will once again be in the lovely rural setting of the Quinta da Figueirinha near to Silves. There will be small and specialist nurseries, natural history and gardening book sales and native plant seed sales and advice from members together with tours of the Quinta. An opportunity to see a different range of plants from those offered at the Autumn Garden Fair. There will be specialist succulent nurseries, drought tolerant perennials, fruit trees and shrubs.

The main aim of the fair is to encourage gardeners to buy the right plants for our Mediterranean Algarve climate. With this in mind local nurseries are invited to sell their plants at the fair. This year apart from ornamental shrubs, trees and plants we want to emphasise The Edible Garden and so will encourage the sale of fruit trees, vegetable plants and herbs. It makes sense therefore to include invitations to wine producers in the area to participate.

In addition to the sale of plants there will be free talks on permaculture at 11.30am
‘An Introduction to Permaculture’, by Julia Thiemicke, and a presentation on ´Wormeries and Soil Improvement´ by Nelson Lourenço at 13.00. In addition, a speakers corner with a talk about the pH (relative acidity and alkalinity) of soils and an introduction to the exciting new MGAP project for an indigenous plant demonstration garden which is on the same site as the Spring Fair.

Best of all perhaps is the chance to see selected specialist nurseries coming together in one place to show the best of their plants for sale. At the same time you will have the opportunity to talk to them about those plants and how to get the best performance from them. Spring is a great time of year to see plants looking their best and ready to go into the ground before the summer heat, come along on March 4 and you will find plenty of choice for your garden.

The Fair will be open from 11.00 to 16.00. Free parking on site, plant creche and catering available. Entry fee €1.
For more information see

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Algarve’s only specialist Plant Sale


Museo de S. Brás de Alportel
Saturday October 29 11.00 – 16.00
Entry €1, under 16s free

The annual Autumn Fair organised by the Association for Mediterranean Gardens and Plants

11:30 – Daisy Mae, from Ceratonia will tell us about producing aromatic herbal medicinal effects with your favourite plants that are well adapted to the Algarve (in English)

13:00 – Arq. Paisagista Gonçalo Duarte Gomes, will talk on An Oasis Close at Hand addressing the issue of sustainability in gardens in the Algarve (in Portuguese with English translation)

14:30 – Fernanda Botelho, on Herbs and Spices in Portuguese Cuisine, contemporary uses and traditional uses; how they can be used to treat people and plants (in Portuguese)

• Plants and seeds adapted to the Mediterranean climate for sale with information and advice from the nursery owners
• Books on gardening in the Mediterranean
• Organic produce and essential oils
• Refreshments

With grateful thanks to, and in collaboration with, Museo de Traje and Câmara Municipal de Saõ Brás de Alportel.

Contact for further information: MGAP web site and
Facebook Mediterranean Gardeners – Portugal Facebook event page

Directions Map and location and web site Museum web site

GPS / Coordenadas GPS: N37,152617, W7.885442
Museo de Traje, R. Dr. José Dias Sancho 61, 8150-141 São Brás de Alportel Tel 289 840 100

Única Feira Algarvia de Plantas Mediterrânicas

Museo de S. Brás de Alportel
Sabado October 29 11.00 – 16.00
Entrada €1, menores de 16s gratuita

A Feira Anual de Outono organizado pela Associação para os Plantas e Jardins em Clima Mediterrânico

Apresentações –
11:30 – Daisy Mae, da empresa Ceratonia nos falará sobre produzir ervas aromáticase os efeitos medicinais das suas plantas favoritas e que estão bem adaptadas ao Algarve (em inglês).

13:00 – O Arq. Paisagista Gonçalo Duarte Gomes, com uma palestra com o título Um Oásis à Mão de Semear abordará a questão da sustentabilidade dos jardins no Algarve (em português com tradução Inglês).

14:30 – Fernanda Botelho, que nos falará de Ervas aromáticas e especiarias na cozinha portuguesa, usos contemporâneos e usos tradicionais; como podem ser usadas no tratamento de pessoas e plantas (em português ).

• Plantas e sementes adaptadas ao clima mediterrânico para a venda com informações e conselhos dos viveiristas
• Livros sobre jardinagem no Mediterrâneo
• Produtos orgânicos e óleos essenciais
• Serviço de bar e lanches

Com sincero agradecimento, e em colaboração com, Museo de Traje, e a Câmara Municipal de São Brás de Alportel.

Contato para mais informações: MGAP web site
Facebook Mediterranean Gardeners – Portugal Facebook event page

Instruções mapa e orientações web site web site link

Coordenadas GPS: N37,152617, W7.885442

Museo de Traje, R. Dr. José Dias Sancho 61, 8150-141 São Brás de Alportel
Tel 289 840 100



Dry Gardens in the Mediterranean

“an  undiscovered  diversity”

22 – 25 April 2016   The conference will be based at the Vila Galé, Meia Praia, Lagos.

Keynote Speakers – Olivier Filippi and Dr Ken Thompson

Cistus ladanifer flower

Mediterranean Gardening Association of Portugal has organised a long weekend from Friday 22 to Monday 25 April with Olivier Filippi who will speak on “Dry gardening: a new inspiration for gardeners in the Mediterranean region”.  The book launch for the English edition of his second book will take place at the conference with the opportunity for you to have your book signed by the author. ‘Planting Design for Dry Gardens’ – beautiful, resilient groundcovers for terraces, paved areas, gravel and other alternatives to the lawn.


Dr Ken Thompson of Sheffield University will talk on “Soil, The Final Frontier  what goes on out of sight and what do we really  know about it”. He  has published widely on almost all aspects of plant ecology and writes regularly on gardening for the Daily Telegraph.  His new book ‘The Sceptical Gardener’  The Thinking Person’s Guide to Good Gardening will be published in November 2015.

 Garden winter view

There will be further informative talks, guided wildflower walks, private garden visits and relevant plants and books for sale. Guided wildflower walks 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 area is also famous for birdwatching and the Sagres Peninsula and Cabo da São Vicente can be particularly rewarding.

For more details and to reserve your place contact Conference Organiser

Rosie Peddle   Tel 00351 289791869


MGAP  Members and Friends

Annual General Meeting – Assembleia Geral
Saturday April 2nd 2016

Annual General Meeting  / Assembleia Geral

and talk by   Dr Timothy Walker



The western Cape region of South Africa is one of the most botanically diverse areas of the World.  This talk takes a route from the southernmost tip of Africa to the border with Namibia looking at the plants and the ethnobotany of one of the most fascinating countries in the World.

Timothy Walker  Director of the Oxford  Botanic Garden from 1973-1983. Curator of the Cambridge University Herbarium from 1947 to 1973 and was University Lecturer in Botany. Currently a stipendiary lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford.  Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London.

The business meeting will be updated on the past year activities and there will be opportunities to hear about plans for the future and contribute in an informal discussion. Reports will be circulated before and only members are eligible to vote at the meeting.

ALL are welcome to attend the meeting and lunch – €5 entry fee for non members attending the talk.

Querença is a typical small village situated in the Loulé department, in the Algarve region, a place of natural and architectural beauty. The village, located on a low hillside, is characterized by its charming typical white houses with a coloured bar around windows and doors, and with the traditional Algarve chimneys, showing the influence of many years of Moorish occupancQuerenca squarey of the territory.
The Tasquinho do Lagar restaurant is the venue for our AGM and provides an excellent lunch at a reasonable price with typical Algarvian dishes and sumptuous desserts. Directions and more information on  GPS  37.197461,-7.98697


There will be a sales table for books on the wildflowers of the Algarve and the new Olivier Filippi book – Planting Designs for Dry Gardens

Costs:   Free to members and guests – AGM meeting

              €5 guests, talk entry fee  –  free for members    

 €20 per person  Lunch and afternoon Guided walk with leaflet.

                        Please book in   before March 25th

Orchis italica at Benemola



10.00               Coffee available at Tasquinha do Lagar

10.30-11.30     AGM Business Meeting in Tasquinha do Lagar Restaurant

12 noon           Illustrated Talk by Timothy Walker in  Fundação Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Auditorium, Querença with book sales at the talk

13.30               Lunch in Tasquinha do Lagar

14.30               Guided Walks start at Fonte de Benemola

16.30               Disperse


PARKING is on the road sides in the town and near to the square, there is no parking in the square itself.

All bookings and enquiries to Burford Hurry Tel 289 417 023   Email

Amaryllis belladonna

Amaryllis belladonna

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 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. and email

Jardimseco, Tavira specialising in dry land, ground cover succulents contact TM 967 495 831

Marian Vanneste, Porches succulents, ornamentals and container plants
TM 968702836 or Email

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 Mail order enquiries welcome to

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 TM 918 718 474

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