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Spring is a great time of year to see plants looking their best and temptations aplenty were on offer at the Spring Garden Fair on Saturday, March 4 at Quinta da Figueirinha.

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There is an interesting tension between gardeners and botanists on the subject of plant names because they use names for different purposes. Gardeners use names that give universal labels that can...

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a good time to take stock of the garden. If you can make notes on what has worked well and what problems you had, this will be a great help...

Whether in the frankincense and myrrh of the Bible stories or the ingredients of Christmas food and drink, plants play an important role in the meaning and enjoyment of midwinter celebrations and...

This year the Mediterranean Garden Fair was a little different from previous ones. For one thing, it was held for the first time in the leafy courtyard of the museum gardens in São Brás de...

One of the most difficult things for gardeners to get used to when moving to southern Portugal from colder countries is knowing what to plant, and when. Like most things in life there is no golden...

One of the most frequent requests from clients when I am taking a garden design brief is “colour in the summer”. It’s an obvious place to start, and a logical wish; those who have holiday homes in...

September is the time of year when gardeners in the Mediterranean usually start thinking about planting bulbs for later autumn and spring colour. Bulbous plants have had an important role in...

This probably sounds more than a bit daft; after all, it is August and record-breaking high temperatures are forecast for the Algarve, and other Mediterranean regions in Europe – but this is the...

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