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Associação de plantas e jardins em climas mediterrânico  -  Mediterranean Gardening Association - Portugal


Once again MGAP (Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal) will be holding their annual Spring Fair on Saturday 3rd March at Quinta da Figuerinha, Silves. www.qdf.pt

There will be the opportunity to buy the most appropriate plants for your garden and benefit from the advice and guidance of the knowledgeable nursery owners present. For the latest list of nurseries and exhibitors please click here.

It’s a rare occurrence to get the chance to browse their diverse offerings in one location and one that can be invaluable to the keen gardener seeking the very best for their garden, be it plants, shrubs, trees, or herbs.

After completing your purchases or if you need some time to consider the choices available you can take in one of the free talks. This year there will be a presentation from Dr. Gerhard Zabel the proprietor of Quinta da Figuerinha on the subject of “Drought and fire resistance in plants and trees”. Gerhard’s vast experience and scientific background continues to motivate him to research ever better species and growing methods for our climate and conditions. He will be happy to share his knowledge and answer questions after his talk and will also be inviting visitors to a tour of his exotic garden.

If trees could talk what would they say?” The second presentation of the day from Christiane Grimm, Feng Shui Solutions. Christiane will be discussing a different approach to the design of our gardens and outdoor spaces taking into consideration the best plantings, colours, shapes etc. to bring harmony and balance to your to your whole environment and thus your life.

The afternoon schedule will be concluded with a hosted visit to the MGAP Barrocal Botanic Garden just a short walk away from the plant stalls in another part of the Quinta.

Weather permitting Professor Celestino Ruivo will be giving a demonstration of solar cooking and offering the chance to sample some of his delicious creations. Catering and bar service will also be available at Quinta Bar and from the “pop up cafe” run by the volunteers from the Friends of the Canil of Portimao charity. Their proceeds will be helping to fund their sterilisation campaign for the dogs of homeless and low income owners.

There will also be a range of organic produce and products for sale and of course the MGAP stall offering specialist gardening books, wildflower seeds, advice and information.

Entrance fee is €1 per person (under 16’s free) and there is free on site parking as well as the useful plant creche where you can leave your purchases in safe hands while you continue to enjoy the many attractions of the day.


      10.00 - Fair opens to members and invited guests

      11.00 - Fair opened to the public by Rosa Palma, Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Silves (to be confirmed)

      11.30 - Presentation by Dr. Gerhard Zabel - "Reflections on drought and fire resistance in plants and trees"

      12.30 - Visit to the Exotic Garden with Dr. Gerhard Zabel

      14.00 - Presentation by Christiane Grimm, Feng Shui Solutions - “If trees could talk, they’d have so much to say”

      15.15 - Visit to Barrocal Botanic Garden with Teresa Chuva  

      16.00 - Close

More information and updates on the facebook event page www.facebook.com/events/177142883058782/

and the MGAP website www.mediterraneangardingportugal.org  

Specific queries can be directed to Susan Finlay, fairs coordinator. mgapfairs@gmail.com

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