Mediterranean Garden Society

The MGS in Portugal

In Portugal the MGS is affiliated to Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal (MGAP) ASSOCIAÇÃO DE PLANTAS E JARDINS EM CLIMAS MEDITERRÂNICOS (APEJECM), whose aims are:

To promote Mediterranean plants and gardens, through education, cultivation, conservation and recognition of their communal, environmental and economic importance in our everyday lives.

MGS members are welcome to participate in MGAP events and activities; those wishing to receive MGAP newsletters can send their email address to

For up to date information on events, please see our website or send an email to

The photo at the top of this page shows a Portuguese water tank of traditional tiles with floral designs in a private garden in the UNESCO Heritage Area of Sintra, near Lisbon. Photo by Rosie Peddle.

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Forthcoming Events

2 to 7 April - Évora, Alentejo, Portugal
International Spring Conference
We extend a warm invitation to all MGS members and partner associations to join us for this conference, entitled ‘Bringing the Mediterranean Landscape into your Garden’

The event will start with a pre-conference tour in the Algarve from 2 – 5 April and the main event will be from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April in the UNESCO World Heritage University city of Évora in the beautiful springtime landscapes of the Alentejo. Keynote speakers will be Olivier Filippi, author of several authoritative books on gardening in a Mediterranean climate, and James Basson, Chelsea gold medal-winning garden designer, based in the south of France. 

A programme of visits to private gardens, vineyards, historic gardens and wildflower walks in the Algarve and the cork oak forests (Montados) of the Alentejo is being developed, including a visit to the Barrocal Botanic Garden. There will be optional day visits outside the core programme. The MGAP committee hope that this will be an opportunity for people to enjoy the beautiful gardens of Portugal and to meet and socialise with fellow Mediterranean gardeners from around the world. The organisers are working closely with Évora University for this event and hope to attract students on relevant courses to join in. Residential and day packages available.

For more information and to register an interest, contact:

Past Events

For previous reports and articles please check out the archived (non-responsive) Portugal Branch page.

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