Mediterranean Garden Fair returns to São Brás museum

The Algarve’s only specialist plant sale, the Mediterranean Garden Fair, will once again be held at the Museu do Trajo in S. Brás de Alportel on Saturday, October 28, from 11am to 4pm.

Following on the success of 2016, this is the second year the organisers, the Mediterranean Gardening Association in Portugal, will hold the event in the leafy and spacious courtyard in the museum complex and the ninth annual autumn garden fair.

The historic space is ideal for visitors to browse in comfort, buy plants and shrubs, or relax and have a meal before launching back to the nurseries for more plant buying or alternatively sit in on one of the following specialist practical talks, all of which are free to attend.

Speakers making presentations in both Portuguese and English are Ricardo Canas of the University of the Algarve, who will be giving an illustrated talk on the potential of Barrocal native plants as ornamentals at 11.30am; José Filipe who will give advice on how to keep your home and garden safe from fire at 1pm; and João Beles, a qualified naturopath who will talk about medicinal gardens at 2.30pm.

Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere and find some trees, shrubs, plants or native plant seed adapted to the Algarve and its Mediterranean climate.

Nature Printing Workshops are a new addition to the programme this year. Olhão artist and Life Member of the Nature Printing Society, Rachel Ramirez will demonstrate how to make fascinating prints directly from nature, at 12.30pm and later at 2pm.

There will also be organic essential oils and organic local produce (fruit and veg) and the popular MGAP books stand with titles covering all aspects of gardening in the Mediterranean climate. If visitors have second-hand gardening books to donate the organisers will be happy to accept them at their information point.

The plant crèche service will be in operation as usual with a collection point with car access.

Entry costs €1 per person (under-16s enter for free) and there is parking around the museum.

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