Passiflora Society International

Cultivation, new species, new cultivars

PSI Madeira Conference 10-13 October 2019

The PSI conference this year will be held on the island of Madeira from Thursday 10th October to Sunday 13th October, kindly hosted by Michael Benedito.

The conference hotel is the Quinta da Penha França (, Rua Imperatriz Dona Amélia n.º 85, 9000-014 Funchal

If you wish to attend, please

  • make sure your premium membership is up to date (only $10 for the next year!)
  • complete the registration form BY 15th JULY. The fee will be notified to you once numbers are known but is not expected to exceed last year, ie €80. There is no charge at this stage
  • reserve your room by emailing quoting reference PASSIONFLOWER CONFERENCE. Please do so ASAP as although the hotel has plenty of rooms, it is only holding 12 for us until 30th June. Telephone:+351 291 204650. The agreed rate is €88 per night twin/double, €65 single. Parking is free.

Provisional programme
10th October

evening           Check in at hotel


11th October

9.30                 Visit Michael Benedito’s garden in Funchal

12.30               Lunch

14.30               Visit Blandy family gardens at Palheiro Ferreiro

16.30               Visit the Botanic garden if time.

19.00               Dinner at restaurant with local passionflower deserts and drinks


12th October

8.00                By coach for whole day field trip to see the 4 Madeiran biomes:

      • the peaks, with their steep views and alpine flora.
      • the wet laurel forest: walking through a cross-island tunnel, observing the giant dandelion, Passiflora tarminiana etc
      • the dry laurel forest
      • the lowlands with their Euphorbietum plant community and naturalised Passiflora subpeltata.

16.30               Meeting at hotel with speakers, plant and seed exchange etc

19.30               Dinner at restaurant with traditional Madeiran espetada


13th October

morning         Check out