The weather was just miserable and it did not stop raining for the whole duration of this placement. I was instructed to work on the Lavandula patch and to prune the Hydrangea and Salvia species around the guest house.
Rejuvenation of the herbal garden after its winter rest and taking cuttings of herbaceous plants were my last Portuguese tasks.
After my experiences in Portugal I am resolved to deepen my interest in sustainable design and be more involved in organisations that are acting to restore native flora and fauna where it has been devastated by undesirable human activity.
It has been instructive to be part of the early stages of a water-wise garden project and I am really keen to see how it develops. As my RHS level 3 studies progress I hope to return to Portugal.
I would like to thank MPG, the RHS and the Hardy Plant Society for providing me with funds from their bursary schemes. I have been so impressed by the consistency of support from Heather Martin, Cathy Rollinson, Susie Warwick and Lesley Jones. Special thanks, too to my tutors at Bicton College, Janice Hindley and Patrick Welch.
My deep gratitude also goes to the garden owners who allowed me to stay and work in their well-established gardens and most of all to Dr. Noel Kingsbury for giving me this wonderful opportunity and co-ordinating such a wide-ranging programme of work in Central Portugal.