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Mediterranean Garden Fair - Oct 27th

Garden FairMediterranean Garden Fair 2018, the Algarve’s only specialist Plant Sale, will celebrate the start of the gardening year at the Museu de S. Brás de Alportel on Saturday October 27 from 11:00 – 16:00. Entry €1, gardeners under 16 free. 

Once again, the event will take place in the lovely historic courtyard garden behind the museum with plenty of room to sit and chat and time to visit the nurseries.

The first Mediterranean Garden Fair was held on 2nd November in 2008, so this year we will also be celebrating our 10th Anniversary for this special event. Each year the number of visitors has grown and we look forward to another great crowd of eager plant buyers for our tenth year.

Visitors to the Garden Fair will be able to take advantage of free entry to the programme of talks. Native Plants by João Gomes of Sementes de Portugal at 11.30 and on Medicinal and Culinary Tropical Plants and Their Uses in the Garden & Kitchen by Fernanda Botelho at 14.00. João Gomes will bring his range of native plants seeds for sale and Fernanda Botelho will have her new Agenda and range of lovely books on herbs available.

Also available at the Garden Fair will be plants native to Portugal and plants adapted to the Mediterranean climate, information and advice from the nursery owners and from the MGAP information table and Plant Clinic. There will be books on gardening in the Mediterranean in both English and Portuguese, organic produce and essential oils, and vegetable plants to get your edible garden started for the new season.

As a response to the tragic fires which devastated the Monchique area it has been decided to ask for cash donations which will be used replace fruit and orchard trees and to re-establish burnt smallholdings and farms. MGAP is pleased to work with Ajuda Monchique who will distribute the trees, they have been gathering information about the damage done and supporting families who have not only lost their homes, but in some cases their livelihoods.

A NEW feature for this year will be a free workshop at 11.30 run by Semente de Alfarroba for children aged 8 -11 yrs where they can create a “Portable Garden” using native seeds, to take home with them. Places are limited so to book a place contact TM: 966 545 635 or www.facebook.com/pg/Semente-Alfarroba
If weather permits, there will also be the additional activity of a Solar Cooking demonstration and probably solar cake available from solar chef Dr Celestino Ruivo.

Refreshments will be available on site and the popular Plant Créche will also be provided, so you can leave your bulky or heavy purchases while you continue looking around.

The annual Autumn Mediterranean Garden Fair is organised by MGAP (Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal) This event could not take place without the collaboration of Amigos do Museu do Traje and the Câmara Municipal de Saõ Brás de Alportel.

Saturday October 27, 11.00 – 16.00 
Entry €1, gardeners under 16 accompanied by an adult, FREE
Directions and further info at www.amigos-museu-sbras.pt

Contact for further information: mgapfairs@gmail.com
W: www.mediterraneangardeningportugal
Facebook: Mediterranean Gardeners – Portugal