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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

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Mediterranean Gardening Portugal News No 4

Hello everyone,
With the dry winter turning into a dry spring, the wildflower displays have been even more welcome to provide colour and interest, even if not quite as prolific as usual.  We have had some ´botanical´ visitors who have loved the Algarve spring and thoroughly enjoyed their encounter with the plants and landscapes of Portugal. The young professional garden trainees from The Professional Gardeners Guild in particular were surprised to see such diversity and managed to find 8 species of orchids during their limited time with us.
Our conference celebrating the special character of gardens in Portugal will take place in Estoril this coming weekend and we have some day visitor places available if you wish to come along to talks or visits during the event.   
We are very grateful to the private garden owners who have so kindly offered to allow visits on Friday May 1st and Monday May 4th. It is always best to see a garden with the owner who has shaped its development and planting, this is the best way to learn more about what works and what does not !
Our web site continues to be developed with new items and additional images. Please take some time to log in and have a look and let us know your comments, what did you find useful ? and what type of information are you looking for ? We hope to make more of the information available in more languages so any help you can offer with translation would be wonderful.
Welcome to our new contacts from the Nature Tourism Fair in Faro, and our recent Spring Garden Fair near Silves, I hope you will enjoy this newsletter.
With good gardening wishes for the coming early summer days,
Rosie Peddle
Secretary – Mediterranean Gardening Association, Portugal

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