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MGAP - Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal invited all members of Mediterranean Gardening International partner associations to join them in 2019 for the conference, entitled ‘Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden’.

The event started with a pre-conference tour in the Algarve from 2 – 5 April with the main event from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April in the university city of Évora. Keynote speaker Olivier Filippi, author of several authoritative books on gardening in a Mediterranean climate,  gave his talk on Saturday 6th April.  Participants enjoyed two full days of garden visits, wildflower walks and a visit to the Barrocal Botanic Garden project followed by a programme of visits to private gardens, vineyards, historic gardens and wildflower walks in the Alentejo including the famous Montado cork oak forest.

2019 Spring Conference, Évora, Alentejo, Portugal

Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden

The Mediterranean Gardening Association of Portugal would like to thank the sponsors of our Spring 2019 Conference:

The event was organised in association with

Keynote Talk - Olivier Filippi

Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden


Olivier Filippi has been running a nursery specifically focusing on drought-resistant plants for over twenty years. His frequent travels with his wife, Clara, to conduct research in the dry regions around the globe have also given him a high level of knowledge and expertise in the field. His talk is about creating drought tolerant gardens and is inspired by his lifetime of research on plants and Mediterranean landscapes. He is an acknowledged world authority on Dry Gardening where beauty is not compromised in the search for maximum water efficiency and appropriate plant choices. Olivier says "By working with - rather than against - drought, we can make remarkable gardens that are both beautiful and original."

Climate change is a reality for us all, including gardeners, landscapers and professionals working in horticulture. The Filippi nursery also has a demonstration garden full of texture and colour that changes with each season but retains its harmonious structure throughout the year. This garden and the online catalogue provide a world class resource and in Olivier we have an inspirational and generous teacher. We would like to publicly thank him and acknowledge his kind permission to share his talk on Bringing the Mediterranean landscape into your garden Visit jardin-sec.com

This online version of the talk has been produced by Rupert Peddle pedhead.net/ and sponsored by the Mediterranean Gardening Association of Portugal mediterraneangardeningportugal.org

With thanks to Sigmetum native plant nursery for display plants at the talk sigmetum.blogspot.com/

Pre-Conference Tour group
at MGAP Botanic Garden, Silves

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