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Vivenda Miranda / Quinta das Barradas

Before Hapimag, Marilyn was Head Gardener at the Romantik Hotel Vivenda Miranda in Lagos, a clifftop boutique hotel with manicured grounds, and its sister venture, the country house hotel Quinta das Barradas, with ornamental gardens and organic agriculture. In both sites, the brief was to increase the proportion of drought-resistant planting and improve the health of the garden. Succulents planted en masse and typical Mediterranean-climate species such as grasses, lavenders and myrtle are used to great effect. One of the last projects was to create a pond with a stream and cascade, shown here at its completion and then in the summer of the following year.