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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...

Tree planting

“Let’s adopt a tree” is the motto of the latest initiative by coalition group Servir Portimão designed to counteract Portimão’s lack of green spaces by planting almond trees throughout the town....

Anyone who loves plants and flowers will be stunned by the variety of flora to be found at the Sheraton Algarve Hotel & Pine Cliffs Resort, says the Algarve's Mediterranean Garden Society. The...

There are two times of year when I particularly pine for the English landscape – in the autumn, and above all, in the spring. I miss changing colours and falling leaves, and the mass flowering of...

The Mediterranean Garden Society-Portugal is holding its third International Spring Conference under the theme ‘Dry Mediterranean Gardening’. The event will be held from March 28 to 30 at the Pine...

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