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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...

Our fallow fields and roadside verges seemed slow to start this year, but are bursting with life right now, in spite of the searing heat. I can’t be the only one captivated by the electric blue...

The garden of Monserrate in Sintra is considered one of the most important English landscape gardens beyond the shores of the British Isles. It was founded in the 18th century by Gerard de Visme,...

A garden in May should be a joy to the senses, full of new growth, flowers, colour and scent. The natural landscape around us certainly is. But this is often the time of year when irrigation...

Recent rains, followed by warm sunny days, have finally given the Algarve flora the boost it was waiting for to kick into rampant growth. Along roadsides and lanes, the wildflowers are spectacular...

Embarking on the construction of a new garden, or renovation of an existing one, can be an act of faith. Whether you are starting with a blank canvas or making the difficult decision to remove or...

This year’s spring gathering took place once again at the Pine Cliffs Hotel in Albufeira, following a very successful event held there in 2013.

Our focus this year was very much on the...

There are several frequently encountered adaptations that plants make to protect them against heat and drought. Many have reduced the size of their leaves (and therefore the area vulnerable to the...

We all very quickly become familiar with those huge blue grey spiky plants that adorn the Algarve landscape – the Agave americana (pita or piteira in Portuguese). Originally from Mexico and the...

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