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The only English language magazine dedicated to gardening in Iberia.
Justin Wride

Justin Wride

Editor / Founder

Since moving to Portugal over 22 years ago, I have designed and built numerous gardens.

Gardens, and the plants within them, are my passion - from the humble weed, to the majestic, but beleaguered palm. Each has a purpose in the balance of our eco-system and a potential health benefit waiting to be discovered.

Following a 2 year stint writing the gardening column for the Portugal News, I decided it was high time to share some more of that knowledge, and so Mediterranean Gardening and Outdoor Living was born.

We are now firmly in our second year of publication, and from the many emails and comments we receive, it seems that I’m not alone in my passion.

Karen Wride

Karen Wride

Co Editor / Art Director / Co Founder

Karen Wride is the designer, some-time ghost writer, office manager and art director behind the magazine. She spent many years as a graphic designer in London before running her own design business.

She also teaches oil painting from her studio in Guia, in the Algarve – www.first-class-art.com

Kevin Scales

Kevin Scales

Content Writer

Kevin G Scales

Professional landscaper, plantsman and garden designer.

Gold Medal Winner RHS Hampton Court 2013

I have had a lifelong passion for plants particularly the exotic and architectural and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of gardening without too much thought for pre-conceived ideas.

In 2007 my interest became my full time career carrying out projects ranging from; garden renovation for a leading privately owned hotel, modern apartment landscaping and the recreation of a Victorian garden. At the same time I developed our own garden from a blank ½ acre of desolation to opening up for the NGS after just 3 years.

2013 was truly gold-edged with the ultimate accolade of entering and winning a gold medal, at the first attempt, for a garden design called ‘Don’t be afraid of Big Leaves and Monsters’. My garden in North Norfolk, along with my winning installation, were featured extensively by the BBC.

My latest challenge is our house and 10 acre garden in central Portugal recently featured on ‘Escape to the Continent’..

Lorraine Cavanagh

Lorraine Cavanagh

Content Writer

Lorraine Cavanagh owns the specialist garden centre Viveros Florena, Cómpeta, Málaga, Spain (garden centre, designers & landscapers) and is author of the best-selling Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, The Zest of Life.

Tel: (0034) 689928201
www.viverosflorena.com florenaspain@hotmail.com
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Clare Thursfield

Clare Thursfield

Content Writer

Clare Thursfield grew herbs on a small commercial scale in the UK before moving to Portugal in 2001.

She now enjoys the challenge and rewards of gardening in the Algarve countryside where the wonderful climate is particularly well-suited to the herbs she loves to grow and use.

Lara Silaghi

Lara Silaghi

Content Writer

Lara Silaghi's passion for wine was born in Atlanta,Georgia. Her studies led her to complete the Advanced Certification from The Wine and Spirit Education Trust and then she began teaching WSET intensive courses as well as courses offered through Emory University's continuing education program. She then worked for several wine stores and grocery's as a wine buyer including a stint at Whole Foods Market. She now lives with her husband, their American cats, and Spanish Mastin in the Axarquia in Andalucia, Spain. She splits her time between her garden,writing and hosting wine tastings for clients and charity groups.

Peter Siegfried

Peter Siegfried

Content Writer

Pete Siegfried is a consulting geologist who has spent the better part of the last 30 years chasing mineral resources necessary for the production of fertilisers. During this time many parts of the planet were visited and investigated in the field. The potential production of ‘organic’ phosphorus and magnesium rich, direct application rock sourced fertilisers became a particular personal focus of these studies. Today Pete, accompanied by his better half and Fizz, grows vegetables and trees on a small holding in Mg deficient Monchique in Portugal.

Sarah Hendrickx

Zahrah Nazir

Content Writer

Zahrah Nasir is a Pakistan/ U.K. national now resident in Central Portugal. Trained in horticulture, agriculture and journalism in U.K. From 1983 to early 2014, she lived and worked predominantly in Afghanistan and Pakistan with shorter spells in The Sultanate of Oman and Turkey. Zahrah combined the arduous task of front line war correspondent with establishing Pakistan's first permaculture type food forest on her smallholding at 6,000ft in the Lower Himalayas, North Pakistan. She is a well known journalist/author/horticulturist in that part of the world. Additionally, she worked on establishing a regenerative Peace Project in a remote part of Afghanistan, trained Afghan farmers in organics/permaculture practices and much more.

Steve Andrews

Steve Andrews

Content Writer

Steve Andrews was born in Cardiff, Wales, but has since lived in Tenerife and is now based in Portugal. An author, journalist, public speaker, singer-songwriter, poet and naturalist, he has worked as a TV presenter too. He is also known as the Bard of Ely, a title he was given by Big Issue magazine when he was a columnist for the publication, and as Green Bard or Green Beard, because he often sports a green goatee. He first dyed it that colour for his appearance as an MC and performer at the Green Man Festival.

Alan Butler

Alan Butler

Content Writer

My interest in plants and especially succulents began in childhood, but a degree in business and languages took my career in other directions, quite literally, travelling the world in export sales. However natural inclinations prevailed and free time was devoted to plants in one form or the other, and being fluent in 5 languages I was able to spread my interest and enthusiasm through lectures in various countries. Later I became qualified as a judge for the British Cactus and Succulent Society, and was holder of the National Collection of Sansevierias under the NCCPG scheme of the RHS. Alongside my regular work I also helped run a succulent nursery in the UK and then in central Italy. I am chairman and was editor for 15 years for the International Asclepiad Society and the International Sansevieria Society. I also helped found the International Euphorbia Society and was involved for a period with The Haworthia Society. Now retired, over the last two and a bit years the challenge has been to turn a dry and neglected orange grove near Malaga into an interesting garden with many different plants including a lot of succulents, which seem to suit the climate very well. In particular it has been fun to see how plants with us for years change with the stronger sunlight and free root run! It also taught us that there is “Mediterranean” and “Mediterranean” because not all areas are the same with climate variations and soil types…. Life here is fun!

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