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

Small  & Specialist Nurseries

  Plant Clinic with advice panel on various topics including

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


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

Contact. Rosie Peddle 289 791 869 or email


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

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

Available at

Rose and Iris Rose at palace


Saturday April 11th  11.00am – 5.00pm

Quinta da Figueirinha, Silves

Nurseries area view

Entry €1 (accompanied children free)

Directions at

Facebook see   Mediterranean Gardeners – Portugal


Following the wonderful response to the annual autumn Garden Fairs in recent years we have decided to take the big step of holding our first Spring Garden Fair and take this event to the western side of the Algarve. With new specialist nurseries and a big range of plants for sale there should be something to inspire spring fever in every gardener.


There will be specialist advice available on spring planting and care for long term survival including feeding and watering advice. Our full range of Mediterranean gardening advice leaflets will be available at the fair.

Nurseries will be offering drought tolerant plants suitable for Mediterranean gardens, ground cover succulents, fruit trees, shrubs and trees.

There will be tours of the Quinta and refreshments on site with free car parking.

The Spring Garden Fair will be held at Quinta da Figueirinha, a 36 ha family-run bio-agricultural farm with agroturism facilities which has fruit  orchards, themed gardens and natural vegetation. It was founded in 1988 by the agronomists Dr. Gerhard Zabel and Uta Zabel. The Quinta works towards sustainable development of the rural area and in agriculture and environmental protection, there are formal trials on site for drought resistant and fire resistant tree species and also a botanical fruit tree collection.

There will be a Plant Clinic for your garden queries, new & second hand book sales including the new book by Sue Parker on The Orchids of the Algarve  and a full range of Algarve wild life and natural history books. The recently published Kew Guide to the Wildflowers of the Algarve will also be available.

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