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There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler






Friday, 30 January 2015

Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal - upcoming events


Here is our latest newsletter and event info, with a cordial invitation to anyone wishing to participate in the events of the Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal . Our latest newsletter - More here

If your group would like to think about a visit to the Algarve we have some lovely gardens for you to visit and some good plant nurseries, you should be able to see some info on these on our spangly new web site but let me know if you want any more info.
 
The January newsletter is a bumper edition with news on events coming up over the next few months, news of past events and news of a fabulous new book on the Orchids of the Algarve by Sue Parker.  

Our 2015 International Spring Conference takes place in Lisbon from 1-3 May. Please check out the website to download more details and the booking form. www.mediterraneangardeningportugal.org 

We have a great panel of speakers we have lined up for you and the opportunity to visit some stunning private gardens in the Sintra/Colares area near Lisbon. We were really spoilt for choice as there are also many good botanic and public gardens in the Lisbon area.
 
Our next event will be the long awaited chance to discuss Lawn Alternatives – what to do instead ? on February 27th in Almancil on the Algarve. We are very lucky to have the chance to visit some gardens and hear about some case studies from two experienced landscape and garden designers, Jean-Claude Defrance and Marilyn Medina Ribeiro. The day will begin with the screening of the online talk from Olivier Filippi on the same topic with some ravishing photos of gardens without lawns. Places are limited so please let me know if you would like to take part.
 
The development of the  new web site continues with long hours of hard work from our two main volunteers, Ben Hurst and Richard Hickman. Please take the opportunity to have a look and let us know your comments. We are actively seeking contributions so send me your garden photos and stories to share. 


www.mediterraneangardeningportugal.org  There will be new pages added and new formats for some of the pages so keep looking out for improvements and changes.
 
There is also exciting news of our first Spring Plant Sale on April 11th near Silves. An opportunity to involve plant nurseries from the western side of the Algarve and also, as a special treat for MGAP members, we will open the fair one hour early with entry limited to members and guests only. We hope this will give members the chance to talk to the nurseries about their plants and learn more about them.
 
I hope we will meet up at an event over the coming months, and we hope as many of you as possible will be able to come and participate in our first ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on March 25th.
 
Best wishes,
Rosie Peddle
Secretary – Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal
Tel 289 791 869
rosie@thebtf.net

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