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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mediterranean Garden Association - AGM Day Wednesday March 25th - Querença

Attached is the full programme and details for our Annual General Meeting following our first year of operation.

We have author and horticulturist John Fielding joining us on the day  to talk on the wildflowers of the Algarve and also for the walk at Fonte de Benemola near Querença.  

I hope that this will be of interest to your members and they will be very welcome to join us.
We will also have our full range of wildflower and natural history books for sale from First Nature including the new Orchid Book and also the Kew Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Algarve.
You are invited  and very welcome to join us for this celebration of our first year of events and to hear our plans for the future.  
Please pass on this information to anyone interested in joining us on the day for the talk and/or walk.
Free to members and visitors - AGM meeting
€5 per person, free for members - Wildflower talk entry fee  includes coffee break,
€20 per person  Lunch and afternoon Guided walk with leaflet,
Please inform me by March 18th at the latest if you will be attending and include your lunch choices if appropriate
If you need more information please do not hesitate to get in touch,
All best wishes,
Rosie Peddle
Secretary – Mediterranean Gardening Association, Portugal
Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal
MGAP Members and Friends
Annual General Meeting – Assembleia Geral
Wednesday March 25th 10.00am
Querença, Loule, Algarve
Illustrated Talk 11.30am – John Fielding on
Wildflowers of Algarve
Members and friends are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting in the lovely typical Algarve town of Querença near Loule. The business meeting will include an informal discussion to set priorities for the coming year and will be followed by an illustrated talk by John Fielding on the Wonderful Wildflowers of the Algarve. John will also be involved in the guided Wildflower walk at Fonte de Benemola in the afternoon. His talk will demonstrate the similarities and differences between west and eastern Mediterranean using the Algarve flora as a theme.
This is our first Annual General Meeting following the establishment work of the past twelve months for our new Association. This is an important milestone and we hope as many members as possible will be able to participate. Only members will be able to vote at the business meeting.
PLEASE contact rosie@thebtf.net if you wish to attend and/or
book in for lunch by 18th March at the latest.
The Agenda and documents will be circulated to members in advance and any items you wish to be included on the Agenda should be sent to the Secretary, Rosie Peddle at rosie@thebtf.net by March 16th at the latest. Further details and copies of the Statutes available on request. We aim to provide facilities for members to vote on the agenda items via email, so please let us know if you cannot attend the meeting personally but would like to be included in the voting via email.
There will be a sales table for books on the wildflowers of the Algarve.
Directions and more information on http://infolugares.pt/Loule/Tasquinha-Do-Lagar
GPS 37.197461,-7.98697
Costs: Free to members and guests - AGM meeting
€5 guests, free for members - coffee break, Wildflower talk entry fee
€20 per person Lunch and afternoon Guided walk with leaflet, menu choices are below and should be sent for everyone booking in for lunch before March 18th.

9.30 for 10.00 AGM Business Meeting in Tasquinha do Lagar Restaurant
11.00 Coffee for everyone at Tasquinha do Lagar
11.30 Illustrated Talk by John Fielding in Fundação Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Auditorium, Querença
13.00 Lunch in Tasquinha do Lagar
14.30 Guided Walks start at Fonte de Benemola with John Fielding & Pat O’Reilly
16.30 Disperse
John Fielding is a Royal Botanic Gardens Kew trained professional horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder. He gave a talk on Mediterranean Bulbs at our 2013 Spring Conference and is the joint author of the acclaimed Flowers of Crete. He cultivates a large range of plants in his private collection, especially Mediterranean species. John is on two Committees of the RHS. His web site is www.jfimages.co.uk
Querença is a typical small village situated in the Loulé department, in the Algarve region, a place of natural and architectural beauty. This is a region of ancient human occupancy where different cultures and history come together. 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 occupancy of the territory. At the top of the hill is the lovely 16th century Mother Church with its interesting Manueline portal and a modest decoration, right in front of the pillory sited on a rock. This rural village is well known for the quality of its agricultural products.
The Querença Market is held on the last Sunday of each month, between 10h and 13h near the Church. On this day, you will find the village elders, traditional sweets experts and homemade bread from a wood oven, quality agricultural products and local crafts. The next market will be held on Sunday 29th March.
PARKING is on the road sides in the town and near to the square, there is no parking in the square itself.
Fonte de Benemola is a natural spring that continues to flow even in the hottest and driest weather in the Algarve, and this lovely spot still has lush vegetation along the stream banks when the rest of the landscape is brown and arid.
The site was designated to protect its wildlife in 1991, and the well-trodden circular walk around the reserve is easy to follow and not too taxing. A gentle stroll, allowing time to take photographs, will take around one and a half hours.
Fonte de Benemola lies north of Loule and can be found by taking the road north to Querença for around 8 kilometres. Take the first left turn signed to Querença, but then ignore the second one and continue straight along the road, passing through a small village called Pombal. Approximately one kilometre beyond Pombal you will see a sharp right hand turn into the parking area for Fonte de Benemola. The car park has an information board about the wildlife of the reserve and also displays a map of the circular walk.
Our walk will start from the car park at 14.30.
More Information http://www.algarvewildlife.com/walksc-benemola.php
Lunch Options – 13.00 at the Tasquinho do Lagar includes light snacks , olives, bread/butter, a main course, salads and water. No wines or desserts are included in the price but will be available. The restaurant is opening specially for our event so we need to let them know our menu choices in good time.
Please make your choice from the following and send to rosie@thebtf.net before 18th March
1. Bacalhao com Natas roasted in the oven with cream and bread crumbs
2. Stewed Chicken with tomatoes served in individual dishes.
CONTACT for more details on the day - Rosie Peddle TM 918 718 474

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