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Roundtable– Historical Gardens of the Azores - What future?
September 22, 2017

Inventory of gardens and landscapes in Portugal

This inventory completes the set of more than 725 Portuguese gardens from all the regions of Portugal integrated in the European database

Description of the Project Green Gardens - Azores

The gardens of the Azores are of significant heritage value, in terms of their history, botany and landscape. The aim of the project is the scientific and technological consolidation of “Garden Tourism” in the Azores, regarding its historic gardens as a specific tourist product with great potential to promote the destination. It raises research issues, such as, the assessment of the environmental, the patrimonial and aesthetic quality of the gardens, based on the findings in various subject areas; the correlations to be established between the vision of the experts and user experiences; and also the most effective communication strategies and mechanisms. It includes a triple component of research, training and the creation of an application for mobile devices and a GreenGA webpage. The scientific results and indicators include the organisation of international workshops and seminars, scientific publications and three informative brochures on the public gardens of São Miguel, Terceira and Faial. It should be pointed out that this project was integrated in the Portuguese tourist board’s strategic framework «Plano de Ação para o Desenvolvimento do Turismo em Portugal 2014-2020» [«Plan of Action for the Development of Tourism in Portugal 2014-2020»].

The main objectives of the project

Investigate, understand and disclose

Investigate, learn and publicize Azores' Gardens as part of a cultural tourism niche

Protect, conserve and improve

To protect, conserve and enhance the landscape heritage of the Azores, particularly of historic gardens

Enhance, enrich and evaluate

Improve, enrich and evaluate the experience of visitors

Specific objectives of the project

Creating scientifically sound contents, based on historic documentation
Designing and creating guiding materials to help visitors interpret the gardens; innovative solutions are envisaged, resorting to digital interactive storytelling (e.g. through smartphone apps) for a more engaging and enjoyable experience
Designing and testing marketing strategies tailored to various user profiles; a new brand is envisaged to help support a viable management model
Promoting knowledge transfer between researchers, managers, caretakers, owners and potential users of the gardens, in order to support strategic decisions concerning conservation

Activities and scientific results

Progress
  • A
    Organizing and participating in missions and scientific meetings

  • D
    Production of documents of support to the work field

  • B
    Articles published in journals with peer review

  • E
    Guidance and juries of academic work

  • C
    Articles in scientific meeting minutes and other popular articles

  • F
    Services and project stages

A B C D E F
June 27 and 28, 2016 Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon - Lisbon
Rosalina Gabriel, Ana Moura Arroz, Isabel R. Amorim, Ana Fuentes Sanchez, Paul A. V. Borges Soares; I Soares Albergaria - "Diversity of uses in Public Gardens: A preliminary study in Angra do Heroísmo for the" Green Gardens - Azores "project", presented at the Flash Presentation at the Center's Annual Meeting for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes ( CE3C)
June 29 and 30, 2016 Sala do Cabido da Misericórdia de Velas - S. Jorge
I. Soares de Albergaria: "Gardens Tourism in Madeira and the Azores: the historical dimension to the current state", Paper presented at the VI Colloquium of Velas Azores and Madeira: Pathways of memory and identity
November 7-9, 2016 Múrcia - Spain
J. Porteiro & I. Soares Albergaria - "The cultural dimension of the Azores landscapes. The contribution of historic gardens for sustainable tourism in the Region", presented to the XV Iberian Colloquium Geography: Straight y de la trends Iberian Geography
February 24 to 26, 2017 José do Canto garden's room (Rua José do Canto, 9 – Ponta Delgada)
International Colloquium: Garden Tourism in Portugal and around the World
I. S. Albergaria, J. M. Porter, A.M. Arroz, R. Gabriel, M. J. Pereira, C. Santos - Poster Presented at the International Conference: Garden Tourism in Portugal and around the World: "GREEN GARDENS - AZORES: A RESEARCH PROJECT OUTLINE»
July 22-30, 2017 Cornualha - United Kingdom
Field trip of the lead researcher (Isabel Albergaria) to Cornwall (UK) which included guided garden visits and meetings with those responsible for the management, prepared with the collaboration of Dr.David Jacques
September 22, 2017 Audiovisual Room - University of the Azores (Ponta Delgada)
Roundtable "Historic Gardens of the Azores - what is the future?," action taken under the European Heritage Days - Culture and Nature
October 11-13, 2017 UNIVERSITY OF Azores (Ponta Delgada)
I. S. Albergaria - a Member of the organizing Committee of the International Congress Culture, Sustainability and Place: Innovative approaches for Tourism Development, University of the Azores, CES/Thompson River University/OTA/UAc
October 11, 2017
R. Gabriel, A.M. Arroz, I. R. Amorim, A. F. Sanchez, P. A.V. Borges, J. M. Porteiro, M. J. Trota, C. Santos & I. S. Albergaria, "Uses and users's profile of the gardens in the azores: results from an exploratory methodology applied in the two gardens of Angra do Heroísmo – Azores (Portugal). A contribution to the Project by GreenGA". Oral presentation to the International Congress Culture, Sustainability and Place: Innovative approaches for Tourism Development, University of the Azores, CES/Thompson River University/OTA/UAc
October 13, 2017
I. S. Albergaria, J. Mora Porteiro, M.J. Trota, A.M. Arroz, R. Gabriel, C. Santos, «Historic Gardens of the Azores as a tourist attraction of the archipelago: a survey carried out by the European Founding research project “Green Gardens – Azores (GreenGA)». Oral presentation to the International Congress on Culture, Sustainability and Place: Innovative approaches for Tourism Development, Universidade dos Açores, CES/Thompson River University/OTA/UAc.
November 11, 2017 REGIONAL PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE OF PONTA DELGADA
I. S. Albergaria, "Historical Gardens of the Azores through the lens of sustainable tourism: contributions of the green gardens project - Azores (greenga)", in the 12th meeting for the conservation of the Azores bullfinch. Biodiversity. Conservation, sustainability. Organization: the priolo's Environmental Center spea, and the land of priolo, auditorium of the public library and archive of Ponta Delgada.
28th February, 2018 Bolsa Turismo Lisboa (Parque Das Nações)
I.S. Albergaria, «As paisagens e os jardins históricos de Ponta Delgada como recurso para o Turismo Cultural» [«The parks and gardens of Ponta delgada as a resource for Cultural Tourism], lecture given at the invitation of the Ponta Delgada Municipal Council. Organisation: Associação de Municípios de São Miguel - Bolsa de Turismo de Lisboa
2nd March, 2018 Biblioteca Publica e Arquivo Regional de Ponta Delgada
I. S. Albergaria, «Paisagens e jardins históricos como recursos estratégicos na conceção do Turismo Cultural» [«Historic parks and gardens as strategic resources in the development of Cultural Tourism»], lecture given during the III Encontros Daniel de Sá 2018. Turismo e Literatura. Organisation: Associação Daniel de Sá
28th April, 2018 Cité Nantes Events Center (France)
Paz, Eduarda & Albergaria, I.S., «Camellia collections in the Azores islands: perspectives on the study, conservation and promotion of their value for cultural tourism», paper given at the International Congress ICS Nantes 2018, Cité Nantes Events Center.
12th September, 2018 Universidade da Madeira, Funchal
Pereira; M.J.; Quintal, R., Costa, C. & Albergaria, I. (2018). Green Gardens Project: A brief characterization of the vascular flora in the Azores’ historical gardens. P: 33 in Abstract book of the FloraMac 2018, September 12th to15th, Funchal, Portugal, paper delivered at the FloraMac International Congress 2018
Magazine of social sciences
C.Castel-Branco & I.Soares Albergaria – “The Azores Lake Gardens as touristic asset: using the visual preferences method/Los jardines de los lagos de las Azores como bem turístico: estudio por el método de preferencias visuales”, Methaodos. Revista de Ciencias Sociales - págs 182-193. (https://www.methaodos.org/revista-methaodos/index.php/methaodos)
Pérez Santa-Rita, J.V., Ros-Prieto, A., Vieira, V., Karsholt, O., Gabriel, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2018). New records of moths (Insecta, Lepidoptera) from urban gardens on Terceira Island with new data on recently introduced species to the Azores. Arquipelago Life and Marine Sciences, 35: 47-65.
Dali International Camellia Congress 2016
E. Paz & I. Soares Albergaria – Camellia cultivars and early gardening catalogues in Portugal, in Proceedings of Dali International Camellia Congress, Dali. Yunnan. China, 2016
XV Iberian Colloquium of Geography
J.Porteiro & I. Soares Albergaria - "The cultural dimension of the Azores landscapes. The contribution of historic gardens for sustainable tourism in the region." In Ramon Garcia Marin; Francisco Alonso Sarria; Belmonte Serrato Francisco; Daniel Muñoz Moreno (Eds.), XV Colloquium Iberian Geography 2016. Proceedings [CD-ROM]. Asociación geographers Españoles, pp.656-664. ISBN 978-84-944193-4-8.
My Plan Magazine, nº5
I. Soares de Albergaria - "Hand in hand with the magic of nature," My Plan Magazine, No. 5, January-January / Feb-March, 2017, pp.34-35.
My Plan Magazine, nº5
M. J. Pereira - "Flora in the José do Canto Woodland Garden", My Plan Magazine, no. 5, January - January/February-February, 2017, pp. 36-37.
My Plan Magazine, nº7
I. Soares de Albergaria-«Camellias or Japonese Roses», My Plan Magazine, no. 7, May-June/May-June, 2017, pp. 44-46.
My Plan Magazine, nº9
I. Soares de Albergaria, «Jardim Botânico do Faial: o reencontro com a flora nativa», My Plan Magazine, nº9, setembro-outubro/Sept-Oct., 2017, pp. 30-31. https://www.sata.pt/sites/default/files/n9_My-Plan.pdf
Azores and Madeira: Identity Paths and Memory
Garden tourism in Madeira and the Azores: from its historical dimension to current scenario", paper presented at the VI Conference of Velas, Açores e Madeira: Percursos de Memória e Identidade. Coord. A. Vieira and D.N. Chaves. Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Velas, 2017, pp. 187-207.
Inventory Sheet
A datasheet has been prepared that will serve to gather information on each garden, in conjunction with other inventories of already tested gardens and the database.
Cooperation Protocol OTA & IEJP & MRSH
With reference to the European Landscape Convention (20 October 2000), the Observatory for Tourism in the Azores (OTA), the Institut Européen des Jardins & Paysages (IEJ & P) and the Maison de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines de Caen (MRSH) have signed a cooperation protocol aimed at building a European database of gardens. This initiative seeks to encourage exchanges among experts on a multidisciplinary basis that crosses environmental sciences, humanities and the arts with information and communication technologies (ICT).
July 31, 2017 visitor survey
A survey to visitors of the gardens was carried out. The implementation of the survey took place between July 31 and August 30 in S. Miguel and September 4 to 15 September on the island of Faial under the supervision of the Professor Ana Moura Arroz
July 11, 2016 University of the Azores
M.J. Trota (advisor) e I. Soares Albergaria (member) of the master's degree thesis of Cátia Faria Freitas entitled "The Ex Situ Conservation of the Azores Native Plants in the Botanic Garden of Faial".
December 13, 2016 University of the Azores
Master's degree in Pre-School Education and 1st Cycle Teaching by Ana Sofía Mendes Ribeiro Ferreira Simões, entitled "Opportunities for contact with nature in the city: practices of citizenship in pre-school education and in the 1st cycle of Basic Education."
2nd Semester 2016/2017 University of the Azores
M. J. Pereira (advisor) of the ERASMUS student stage Júlia Albert Varela, School year 2016/2017. Phenological record, herborization, collection of images and description of the floristic cast of Jardim José do Canto.
July 14, 2017 University of the Azores
M. J. Pereira (advisor) and I. S. Albergaria (member) of the jury of the defense of final project of student Ana Silva for the class "Project", within the degree of Biology. The project was entitled "Phenological, herborization and collection record and pictures and description of the floristic cast of Jardim do Palácio de Sant’Ana.
Hiring of a nature conservation technician
Hiring of a nature conservation technician and master in environmental sciences for the research project Green Gardens Azores. The main activity carried out by the contractor is to support the implementation of scientific tasks as well as contribute to other activities within the overall objectives of the project.
Erasmus program
Two interns from the Erasmus Program and one biology student from the University of the Azores were hired.
Contract for services
Foi celebrado um contrato de prestação de serviços com o Doutor Raimundo Quintal com os seguintes objetivos: a) proceder à identificação das árvores e outras plantas que integram coleções marcantes na imagem dos jardins; b) ceder fotografias relativas às espécies identificadas; c) colaborar na elaboração de inventários florísticos para cada jardim, incluindo elementos como o nome científico da espécie, família, o nome vulgar em português e inglês, a origem geográfica, o porte, o período de folheação e a época de floração; d) apoiar a entidade promotora do projeto na elaboração dos roteiros de árvores e das coleções notáveis; e) colaborar no fornecimento de conteúdos para a página web do projeto;

Sheet Technical Green Gardens - Azores

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Project name: Green Gardens - Azores
CODE OF THE PROJECT: ACORES-01-0145-FEDER-000070
Main purpose: to contribute to the promotion of the historic gardens of the Azores as a quality tourism asset associated with nature, culture and welfare through conceptualization and development of garden tourism (TJ). This will include: 1. Producing content for visitors based on multi-disciplinary scientific research; 2. Design and implementation of communication and promotion strategies, giving priority to ICT, namely through the establishment of a mobile application; 3. Design and test market strategies tailored to different user profiles, with a view to create a brand that makes the economic exporation and cultural management of the gardens of the Azores; 4. To foster the transfer of knowledge among researchers, managers, curators, owners and potential users of the gardens, in order to support strategic decisions leading to the conservation and development of historic gardens of the Azores.
BENEFICIARY ENTITY: Observatory of Tourism of the Azores, in co-promotion with the University of the Azores, and the Foundation Gaspar Frutuoso
TOTAL ELIGIBLE COST: 149, 683.29€
FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION: 127,230.80€
DESCRIPTION: The international recognition of the gardens of the Azores has shown encouraging signs. In 2014 the "Terra Nostra" park was featured among 270 of the world's best gardens (Gardeners Garden, Phaidon), and in 2013 was awarded the Garden of Excellence (ICS). The realization of 5 international meetings of Camellias Ancient and the organization of several tours theme are proof of the potential of the Destination. Thus, the project “Green Gardens – Azores” aims to contribute to the recognition of the historical gardens of the Azores – recovering the role of the past – as a quality tourism product associated with nature, culture and well-being, through the conceptualization and development of garden tourism (TJ). This project has been integrated into the strategic benchmark of “Action Plan for the Development of Tourism in Portugal 2014-2020”
RESULTADOS: Implementação de networking entre parceiros locais, nacionais e internacionais; Criação de uma App, webpage e outros dispositivos destinados a visitas autónomas aos jardins; Publicação de 3 obras de divulgação científica; Participação em eventos científicos nacionais e internacionais com vista à divulgação dos resultados científicos do projeto; Realização de ações promocionais do produto "Jardins Históricos dos Açores"
PHOTOS:

Research Unit Promoter

History Center d'd'Behind and Beyond the Sea (http://www.cham.fcsh.unl.pt/)
CHAM - Humanities Center
FCSH - Universidade Nova de Lisboa
University of the Azores

Co-promoters

University of the Azores (www.uac.pt)
Gaspar Frutuoso Foundation (http://www.fgf.uac.pt/)

Lead Researcher

Team

consultants

Professor Cristina Castel-Branco
Professor Paulo Borges
Raimundo Quintal (PhD)
Ana Duarte Rodrigues (PhD)
Eduarda Paz (Master's degree)

contributors

CMPDL - Head of Division of Development and Monitoring Municipal Equipment

CMAH - Councilor for the Environment

President of APJSH

Carina Costa - Parque Terra Nostra

Moniz Bridge - Agronomy Specialist associated with traditional cultures

Faial Botanical Garden Coordinator

Chairman of the Board of Directors of José Canto Foundation

Bensaude (Administration)

Teófilo José Soares Braga - Environmental Education Specialist

João Sampaio Forjaz - Specialist in cultivating of Camellias

Regional Forest Resources Director

Coordinator of SPEA (Portuguese Society of Study of Birds)

Chief Cabinet Presidency Government of the Azores

Margarida Jacome Correia - Administration of Forest-Jose do Canto Garden

Maximilian Schönherr - Journalist expert in IT and multimedia development

Isabel Amorim Rosario - Specialist in communication activities / dissemination of science

Andreína Rebelo - Observatory of the Azores Tourism

João Alves - Observatory of the Azores Tourism

Dina Santos - Observatory of the Azores Tourism

Contacts

Observatory of the Azores Tourism

Avenida Infante D. Henrique, 71 - Office. 101
Solmar Avenida Center
9504-529 Ponta Delgada

Phone: 296 287 237
E-mail: geral@otacores.com

Lead researcher:
- Isabel Soares Albergaria (CHAM)
E-mail: maria.iw.albergaria@uac.pt
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