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Conference: sustainable Mediterranean gardens

The Mediterranean Gardening Association in Portugal is holding a Spring Conference in Lagos from April 22 to 25.

The aim for this fifth annual conference is to “reveal the practical and aesthetic benefits of making beautiful and sustainable gardens with plants of the Mediterranean and dry-zone flora worldwide”.

The venue is the Hotel Vila Galé Lagos, overlooking Meia Praia, and will concentrate on modern trends towards use of native plants from Mediterranean zones for sustainable Mediterranean gardens, including discussion on how to unlock their future potential.

Delegates will hear directly from Olivier Filippi about creating dry gardens in the Mediterranean. This will be illustrated by visits to contemporary gardens in the Algarve and appreciation of examples throughout Portugal from the panel of speakers.

The second keynote speaker is Dr Ken Thompson, regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph on ecology and a leading gardening columnist. He will speak on ‘Soil, the Final Frontier what goes on out of sight and what do we really know about it’, with further talks by Marilyn Medina Ribeiro, Miguel Coelho de Sousa and Teresa Afonso de Paço from Lisbon. There will also be wildflower guided walks with Udo Schwarzer, Sue Parker and Pat O ́Reilly.

The full conference programme and booking form is available at