The Mission of MGAP / APEJECM is “To promote mediterranean plants and gardens, through education, cultivation, conservation and recognition of their communal, environmental and economic importance in our everyday lives”.
A key element of how we plan to achieve this is through the creation and development of Demonstration Gardens where local and other mediterranean plants can be seen. This will become a resource for use by a wide range of people - amateur and professional gardeners, university, college and school students of all ages, visitors to the Algarve - anyone who wants to see how we can create a sustainable and beautiful garden in our climate.
The first phase of this, which was started in 2016, is the Barrocal Botanic Garden
Aims of the Barrocal Botanic Garden
Demonstrate to professionals and amateurs involved in horticulture, design and research the enormous potential of the native plants of the Barrocal zones .
A resource for training and demonstrating to those (and especially those embarking on their careers) in the gardening/landscaping/horticultural industries the benefits of using native plants.
Provide a major aid to developing existing and future links to Government, academic and training institutions where teaching, research and practice combine to pass up-to-date knowledge onto the next generation.
Demonstrate the use of native plants to deliver beauty and diversity with minimum interventions and low to nil water use - restoration ecology is just like gardening, a process not a product.
Engage all ages and nationalities in the life of the garden, throughout the year and in all seasons, through various activities including workshops, planting and open days and identification sessions.
Why not Support us?
We are always looking for any support to help us bring this project to life. If you have some time to help us, we would love to hear from you.
Of equal importance, if you or your organisation are aligned with our aims and can offer any financial support, this will allow us to develop the gardens much more quickly.