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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...

Soil. It’s that stuff that plants grow in, gets stuck to your boots in winter, and blows around the terrace in summer. We dig it, plough it, rake it level, water it. But when did you last stop and...

As we approach the longest day, maybe it is time to retreat into the shade with a long cool drink and plan our fantasy dream gardens – whether in a couple of containers or a whole terrace!

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One of the most fascinating ecosystems, for me, is that of the sand dunes. Although the environment is harsh – nutrient-poor, windswept and salt-sprayed – this leads to a vast diversity of plants...

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