MGAP  Members and Friends

Annual General Meeting – Assembleia Geral
Veldthamia
Saturday April 2nd 2016

Annual General Meeting  / Assembleia Geral

and talk by   Dr Timothy Walker

 FROM DIAZ TO DIAMONDS

 

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 http://infolugares.pt/Loule/Tasquinha-Do-Lagar  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

 

PROGRAMME 

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 burfordhpt@gmail.com

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

Small  & Specialist Nurseries

  Plant Clinic with advice panel on various topics including

plant identification, pests and diseases, fruit and veg growing.

NEW NURSERIES THIS YEAR INCLUDE ROSE SPECIALIST FOR MEDITERRANEAN GARDENS

Rose at palace

 Saturday, November  7th 2015

11.00am – 4.00pm

 Stalls view 2014

Estoi Palace Pousada Historic Gardens

Lunch & refreshments available

Ample free car parking on market site

Again for this year – free shuttle bus service !

Entry  €2 Children Free

 

Algarve’s only specialist Plant Sale !

For more details see www.mediterraneangardeningportugal.org

Contact. Rosie Peddle 289 791 869 or email rosie@thebtf.net

www.pousadasofportugal.com/portugal/pousada/estoi.html

 

With grateful thanks to, and in collaboration with

Junta de Fregusia do Conceição e Estoi

gate to lower gardens from hotel

There are new online talks available on the main web site page

www.mediterraneangardeningportugal.org/slide_shows.html

These include the talks given at the latest International Spring Conference held in Estoril in May 2015. We would like to record our gratitude to the speakers for the kind and generous sharing of their talk and enabling these special presentations to reach a wider audience.

Topics and speakers available

Dr Jorge Paiva on the Secondary School Native Plant garden of Barcelos

Jean-Paul Brigand on the economic potential for Garden Tourism in Portugal

John Fielding on the Wildflowers of the Algarve from the March 2015 AGM

Keep checking in as more talks are scheduled to be added later.

Cistus ladanifer flower

 

Charles Quest-Ritson’s lecture includes advice on roses that flourish in a Mediterranean climate, rose nurseries, and facts on choosing and looking after roses.  Charles is the author of The English Garden Abroad and he and his wife Brigid produced the RHS’s Encyclopedia of Roses. He has been a director of the National Rose Society and an advisor to the Hanbury Botanic Garden at La Mortola.

Mediterranean Plants and Gardens (MPG), a not-for-profit association, is grateful to Charles for giving this fascinating talk at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Questions via “contact us” page on MPG’s website www.medpag.org

Available at  https://vimeo.com/127836157

Rose and Iris Rose at palace

 

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