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There’s a kind of magic to roof gardens. It may be simply the perspective; on high, you get to see things from an unusual angle, in panoramic vision. But perhaps it has more to do with the thrill...

There is an old saying “familiarity breeds contempt”, and it is true that we can very easily take for granted people, places and possessions, which are close to us on a day to day basis but which...

A new practical guide to the Invasive Plants of Portugal has been published

There is still a lot of confusion, ignorance and just downright bad advice flying around about invasive plants,...

Autumn in the Algarve rarely bears much resemblance to England’s “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”, but it does have its own particular joys. One of my bugbears with the run-of-the-mill...

The Pena palace and park

Though this year’s summer holidays have been somewhat brief and low-key with a newborn in tow, it has not stopped us from enjoying some lovely days exploring Portuguese national treasures.

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I am pleased to be slowly resuming my regular tasks after the birth of my first child, a daughter, at the beginning of July. It has been a magical time, and although the change of pace and new...

Here’s some useful guidance on the tricky subject of making your first garden in the Algarve.

No one really starts from scratch because there should be some trees and shrubs on any piece...

Gardening group gains new ground in Portugal

Association || There is a new association in Portugal dedicated to plants and gardens of the Mediterranean climate zones created by an international group of enthusiastic gardeners: the...

A welcome initiative for Portugal can be found at the Quinta das Lavandas, near Portalegre, in the Alto Alentejo. Situated in the Natural Park of Serra de São Mamede, one of the most benign...

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