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Mediterranean Gardening    Association Portugal

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MGAP - Mediterranean Gardening Association Portugal invited all members of Mediterranean Gardening International partner associations to join them in 2019 for the conference, entitled ‘Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden’.

The event started with a pre-conference tour in the Algarve from 2 – 5 April with the main event from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April in the university city of Évora. Keynote speaker Olivier Filippi, author of several authoritative books on gardening in a Mediterranean climate,  gave his talk on Saturday 6th April.  Participants enjoyed two full days of garden visits, wildflower walks and a visit to the Barrocal Botanic Garden project followed by a programme of visits to private gardens, vineyards, historic gardens and wildflower walks in the Alentejo including the famous Montado cork oak forest.

2019 Spring Conference, Évora, Alentejo, Portugal

Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden

The Mediterranean Gardening Association of Portugal would like to thank the sponsors of our Spring 2019 Conference:

The event was organised in association with

Keynote Talk - Olivier Filippi

Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden


Olivier Filippi has been running a nursery specifically focusing on drought-resistant plants for over twenty years. His frequent travels with his wife, Clara, to conduct research in the dry regions around the globe have also given him a high level of knowledge and expertise in the field. His talk is about creating drought tolerant gardens and is inspired by his lifetime of research on plants and Mediterranean landscapes. He is an acknowledged world authority on Dry Gardening where beauty is not compromised in the search for maximum water efficiency and appropriate plant choices. Olivier says "By working with - rather than against - drought, we can make remarkable gardens that are both beautiful and original."

Climate change is a reality for us all, including gardeners, landscapers and professionals working in horticulture. The Filippi nursery also has a demonstration garden full of texture and colour that changes with each season but retains its harmonious structure throughout the year. This garden and the online catalogue provide a world class resource and in Olivier we have an inspirational and generous teacher. We would like to publicly thank him and acknowledge his kind permission to share his talk on Bringing the Mediterranean landscape into your garden Visit jardin-sec.com

With thanks to Sigmetum native plant nursery for display plants at the talk sigmetum.blogspot.com/

Pre-Conference Tour group
at MGAP Botanic Garden, Silves

These online versions of the talks have been produced by Rupert Peddle pedhead.net/
and sponsored by the Mediterranean Gardening Association of Portugal mgaportugal.org

Keynote Talk - James & Helen Basson

Designing with Climate in Mind


James and Helen combine contemporary design with traditional expertise by specialising in sustainable, ecological and low maintenance gardens. Based in the South of France for over 20 years they work on projects in the Mediterranean and internationally.  Inspired by the natural landscape, using a carefully selected plant palette that is perfectly adapted to each individual garden, they endeavour to create results that sit comfortably in their surroundings. James is a fully accredited member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD in the UK) and the Féderation Française des Paysagistes (FFP in France). Scape Design have won numerous awards including 4 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, other gold medals include the Singapore Garden Festival, The Gardening World Cup in Japan, Les Victoires du Paysage and The Philadelphia Flower Show. www.scapedesign.com


With thanks to Sigmetum native plant nursery for display plants at the talk sigmetum.blogspot.com/

Paulo Farinha Marques

Greening the Urban Spaces of Porto


Our grateful thanks to Paulo Farinha Marques (Director, Porto Botanical Garden, University of Porto). Paulo speaks enthusiastically about the native plants and trees of Portugal and also about a project to plant borders of the botanic garden using native plants with student involvement.

He is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP) – Botanical Garden, Rua do Campo Alegre, 1191, 4150-181 Porto, Portugal pfmarque@fc.up.pt

Marilyn Medina Ribeiro &
Paula Maria Simões

Contemporary Portuguese Gardens
the waterwise approach using diverse climate-appropriate planting,


Marilyn Medina Ribeiro | Marilyn has degrees in Graphic Design and Landscape Management and has worked in nurseries, parks and private gardens. In 2008 she moved to live in the Algarve, managing hotel gardens and later founding her own company to design, promote and build sustainable gardens  and land management.  www.waterwisegardens.com

Paula Maria Simões |  Landscape Architect and an Assistant Professor at the University of Évora. With a Degree in Landscape Architecture, a Masters in Anthropology, Heritage and Identity and a PhD on Arts and Techniques of the Landscape, her research interests focus on the themes of the design, transformation and landscapes as a power.   She teaches on Degree and Master of Landscape Architecture courses at University of Évora. She is partner of “Sítio e Lugar” Landscape Architecture office. pmss@uevora.pt