Edicions de Marimurtra presents the first volume of the ‘Marimurtra Collections’ series, dedicated to cycads

The volume offers the reader an overview of the cycads in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Edicions de Marimurtra, the publishing label linked to the Carl Faust Foundation, owner and manager of the Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, presents its first botanical-themed collection with a work dedicated to the cycads that can be found there. Precisely this botanical family is one of the most prominent and strategic in Marimurtra, so it is also one of the most interesting for visitors.

The volume has been conceived as a tool for knowledge, consultation and assistance during the visit. Thus, in addition to offering an introduction to cycadss, it also catalogs and places on the map the species that can be seen in Marimurtra, which are a hundred and a half of the more than three hundred species that exist throughout the world.

The authors of the work are Pere Fraga, head of Research at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, and Ivan Soto, an expert gardening technician specializing in cycads. Both authors are part of the human team at Marimurtra, which seeks not only to highlight the value of the botanical collection, but also the technical team responsible for its maintenance and growth.

The book provides abundant photographic material with the aim of facilitating the location and identification of the cycads that can be seen during the visit to Marimurtra. But it has also had the graphic support of UrbanSketchers from Lloret de Mar, who, following a couple of visits to Marimurtra, produced a series of illustrations that have given the book a very remarkable added graphic and artistic value.

Another noteworthy fact is that the book is presented simultaneously in print and digital format and that it will soon be translated into Spanish and English. It can be purchased at science and naturalist bookshops, the Jardí Botànic Marimurtra store and also through its online store www.edicionsmarimurtra.cat

Finally, for the preparation of the book, support has been received from the Diputació de Girona and the BGCI (Botanical Gardens, Conservation International, an organization that groups together a large part of the world’s botanical gardens).

The Carl Faust Private Foundation was created in 1951 by Carl Faust with the aim of continuing his work, the Marimurtra Botanical Garden. Among its founding objectives are “…the protection and promotion of studies in Mediterranean biology, especially in botany, […] seeking cooperation and international relations for the benefit, all in all, of scientific research and dissemination …”.

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is classified as a Cultural Asset of National Interest and in 2009 the Carl Faust Private Carl Foundation was awarded the Sant Jordi Cross from the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Edicions de Marimurtra is the publishing project of the Carl Faust Foundation that seeks to highlight the botanical, historical and heritage value around the figure of its creator and his work, mainly the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.