Rosie Peddle, Founding Member - Rosie and her husband Rob Peddle have lived in Portugal for ten years. They garden as little as possible on four acres of old farmland in the Eastern Algarve and regularly open their garden to visitors.
She is keenly interested in the conservation of plants and their habitats, having worked as a volunteer with the UK charity, Plant Heritage which is responsible for the National Plant Collection Scheme.
Rosie is a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London.
Marilyn Medina Ribeiro, Plant Adviser - Marilyn has degrees in Graphic Design and Landscape Management and has worked in nurseries, parks and private gardens.
In 2008 she moved to live in the Algarve, managing hotel gardens, native plant gardens and later founding her own company to promote sustainable land management.
Dr. Gerhard Zabel, Scientific Adviser - Gerhard is an Agronomist who has previously worked in development projects in arid (Niger) and semi-arid (South Portugal) regions. Since the foundation of his Quinta da Figueirinha near Silves in the Algarve, small botanical gardens have been created, based on an interest for experimenting and the passion for biodiversity but also to provide a contribution to the conservation of genetic resources.
His Quinta is open for visitors more info on www.qdf.pt
Rob Peddle, Treasurer -firstname.lastname@example.org Rob is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with many years of senior management experience across a number of industry sectors and companies. He is also a professional Project Manager who has successfully delivered some significant major projects, with training to the level of Certified Diploma in Accountancy and Finance.
Whilst not an expert plantsman, he has a passion for sustainable gardening and the use of appropriate plants and landscape for specific environments. This is particularly relevant in the mediterranean climate, where we need to think both in the short and long term and enjoy the diversity that is around us already.
Burford Hurry, President -email@example.comBurford was born and grew up in South Africa and then went to Gweru, Zimbabwe where he was a lecturer at a teacher’s college. During that time he was gardening in the highveld of Gauteng and in the Midlands of Zimbabwe. He left that country in 1986 and has lived in Portugal since. His African background where heat, drought and cold are not uncommon factors in gardening has been a great help.
He has always loved gardening and also enjoys designing gardens, trying to use as many indigenous plants as possible and some of the more suitable plants that come from his home country. Burford has been gardening in the Algarve for many years and his garden is open for visits.