Blog: Marimurtra alive

School activities for the 2021-22 academic year

The Carl Faust Foundation bases its work on three main pillars: the conservation of plant species, scientific research in the field of Botany and the dissemination of its plant heritage. In the field of botanical dissemination, the educational work aims to let the public know about the natural and scientific heritage of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, specifically to visitors and students from both national and international schools.

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden presents its new catalog of visits, guided activities and educational resources for the 2021-22 academic year.
In this catalog you will find resources for all levels of education, from Primary School to College, to discover the environment, solve challenges and encourage curiosity about the plant world, science and cultural heritage of Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

The program contains guided tours of different types and specific activities for each educational stage that take place in Marimurtra. It also contains activities that can be held at the school, such as the virtual visit “Virtual Marimurtra at School” (https://bit.ly/marimurtra-virtual) and the “Travelling Activity; the secrets of the seeds ”, led by Marimurtra’s guides in the classroom.

As a novelty, we present “Marimurtra and the Sea”, an activity that aims to raise awareness of the plant world in the terrestrial and marine environment, and which consists of a guided tour of the Botanical Garden and a guided snorkeling trip in Cala Sant Francesc.

On the other hand, this year, booking educational activities at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden is easier than ever! As a novelty, you can request your reservation from the new online form apart from the usual channels (email escoles @ marimurtra.cat and telephone 972 33 08 26).

You can find all the information regarding the possibilities and educational programs of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden on our website www.marimurtra.cat/escoles

  • Activitats Escola | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

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Botanical gardens, as museums and science centers, have the basic function of reaching both the general public and experts, and it is crucial that they reach students in schools. The museographic strategy includes teaching and dissemination actions, which are defined from the contents generated by botanical research, conservation and, in the case of Marimurtra, its collection of more than 4000 plant species.

Marimurtra returns to the sea to raise awareness of botanical biodiversity with the Botanical Snorkel

Marimurtra, un Jardí Botànic que des del seu inici ha estat connectat amb el mar, torna a apostar un any més per l’snorkel botànic, una activitat que ofereix als seus visitants una experiència que va més enllà de descobrir les més de 3500 espècies vegetals que es troben a l’interior del Jardí.
Amb l’snorkel botànic, els participants s’endinsen al meravellós món submarí on descobreixen que la biodiversitat vegetal no acaba als penya-segats i que la vida vegetal continua exuberant al medi marí.
En aquest indret de la Mediterrània, s’hi troben una gran quantitat d’espècies d’algues diferents, que constitueixen la base d’un ecosistema ric i divers que permeten que moltes altres espècies (tant animals com vegetals) tinguin unes condicions molt favorables per viure-hi. Tota aquesta biodiversitat forma un paisatge submarí ple de colors i vida, que es poden observar de la mà de guies d’snorkel experts en biologia marina. Amb l’Snrokel Botànic de Marimurtra es podran distingir les algues, classifica-les i entendre l’extraordinari valor que tenen per l’ecosistema.
Més informació sobre l’Snorkel Botànic a https://bit.ly/snorkel-botanic-marimurtra
  • Snorkel Botànic 2021 | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

The new inhabitants of Marimurtra

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden contains an organic garden (specifically, in the 2nd Garden) where visitors can see and learn about horticultural varieties in our area that, for various reasons, have ceased to be present in the market or are in danger of disappearing. This organic garden is complemented by a chicken coop as a sign of the importance of biodiversity and the systems of relationships that have been created since ancient times between humans, animals and plants.

Since this past weekend, three new hens have been living in this fantastic chicken coop specially designed for the Marimurtra vegetable garden. The three hens are currently about two months old and were given to us by Joan Borrell, from Vilobí d’Onyar, who takes care of chickens of this species and others in danger of extinction in his orchard. The three hens belong to the Empordà breed, a breed that is native to our country and comes in three different forms: red, white and partridge. The three hens that can now be seen in Marimurtra are of these three types.

Apart from being an important part of the small ecosystem that has been created in Marimurtra and that relates the garden to pets, chickens and hens are an attraction that excites the little ones in the family and offers the opportunity to be able to explain (to young and old) why to have a vegetable garden that is cared for without using synthetic chemicals and that is in perfect harmony with the chickens. A perfect place to discover, explore and learn as a family, and to explain the origin of such basic foods as many vegetables or eggs.

These three hens of the Empordà breed are the new inhabitants of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, and we invite you to come and meet them with the little ones in the house.

  • Gallines | Galliner | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Mosquito Alert and the Marimurtra Botanical Garden continue their collaboration in various experiments related to the tiger mosquito

Mosquito Alert and the Marimurtra Botanical Garden continue their collaboration in various experiments related to the tiger mosquito

Marimurtra, due to its climatic characteristics and the great plant biodiversity it contains, requires variable water inputs. All in all, it generates habitats very similar to the natural ones of the tiger mosquito. For this reason, it becomes an ideal place for carrying out Mosquito Alert experiments.
It should be noted that Marimurtra applies treatments to prevent the proliferation of this invasive species with very good results, and yet it is still a very suitable natural laboratory to carry out this type of study.

The following studies are currently being conducted:

1.Study of the dynamics of tiger mosquito populations throughout the season through the deployment of a series of traps to monitor the adult mosquito population in the Garden.
These traps are part of a more extensive network of traps throughout the province of Girona. The aim is to have data on the population dynamics of the mosquito in the province to understand the climatic factors, land uses (urban, garden, urbanization, etc ..) and sociodemographic that determine the abundance of mosquitoes.

2.Study of the population structure of the tiger mosquito in the garden and its survival. Experimentally, it is being studied in the garden how long a tiger mosquito lives and the demographic structure of its populations, this is done by comparing the survival rates of an experimental population born in a laboratory whose age is known, and wild individuals caught in the garden. The survival study is important because the tiger mosquito is a vector (ie, transmitter) of disease. Therefore, determining the length of time mosquitoes live allows us to better understand the potential for transmission of these diseases.
3.Analysis of the treatments that are being done to control the proliferation of tiger mosquitoes and determine how these treatments affect the mosquito population.
4.Study of the human-mosquito interaction network. The goal is to analyze how many people can be bitten by a tiger mosquito from the genetic study of blood found inside female mosquitoes. Genetics makes it possible to find out if the blood corresponds to one, two or more different people and therefore to know how many different people a female can bite.
It is very interesting to determine what the network of interactions of the tiger mosquito is because there is not much scientific information about it and it will be possible to determine the potential for transmission of the diseases of which the tiger mosquito is a vector.
This pioneering study is done by relating the DNA in the blood in the abdomen of the female mosquito to the DNA of people who donated it to do this study. This way, you can know how many different people the mosquito has bitten and how many times it has bitten the same person.
5.Installing a smart trap. This trap works with artificial intelligence and is able to identify mosquitoes that enter it from the sensors it contains.
With these experiments, the Marimurtra Botanical Garden continues to collaborate with the Mosquito Alert project to better understand the behavior of the tiger mosquito and its impact on the human population. You can find more information about the tiger mosquito in Marimurtra by clicking here.

Agreement with the Vedruna School of Malgrat for a herbarium from the beginning of the 20th century

This herbarium, dated around 1909, has been recently discovered and will allow the presence of certain species of plants in Catalonia to be dated for the first time

Conveni Escola Vedruna Malgrat | Fundació Carl FaustThe Marimurtra Botanical Garden has received on loan a herbarium from the Vedruna School of Malgrat de Mar elaborated between 1909 and 1913 which will allow botanists and experts of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden to study and document the collection of plants collected at the beginning of the 20th century in different towns of the Baix Empordà that it contains. In other words, we can take a trip back in time to rediscover the plants that were in that place a hundred years ago and compare them with the current ones, which will allow us to date the presence of ornamental crop plants in the area and document species found for the first time time in Catalonia. In addition, this natural history collection places in the territory one more sample of the naturalist and botanical work that existed in Catalonia at the beginning of the century.
The herbarium received from the Malgrat de Mar Vedruna School consists of about 400 specimens of the ruderal, riverside, horticultural and ornamental flora of three towns in the Baix Empordà region (Sant Tomàs de Fluvià, Torroella de Fluvià and Vilacolum). It is preserved in very good condition and was prepared by Luis de Pont Adroher, a Girona pharmacist of whom the University of Girona herbarium also preserves some of his specimens.
Funded project
The Francesc Eiximenis 2021 Fund, awarded by the Ramon Muntaner Institute, has selected the study “Two Herbaria from Girona: Botany from Girona at the beginning of the 20th century (1909 to 1939)” presented by botanist Carlos Burguera, botanist curator of the herbarium of Marimurtra Botanical Garden. Precisely, the herbarium received is the first of these two representative herbaria of the Girona flora, which will allow to witness the plant species found in different regions of the province collected during the first half of the 20th century.
While waiting to receive the second herbarium, the Carl Faust Foundation begins the restoration and conservation work of the herbarium to begin its computerization and study.
  • Imatge d'un dels plecs de l'herbari

Marimurtra’s insect hostel

Conversation between Pau Bosch, designer and builder of the insect hostel, and Jordi Fàbregas, Master Gardener of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden

During 2020, the second Marimurtra insect hostel was installed in the Braun-Blanquet lake area, in the 3rd Garden (the first is located right next to the organic garden).
An insect hostel is a typical element of the gardens that fulfills many functions at the same time.
On the one hand, it offers shelter and a space to nest the pollinating insects in the garden and, therefore, it helps those insects that participate in the reproductive function of plants to find a safe and welcoming space to carry out their task. Continuing with biodiversity, it must be said that an insect hostel brings variety and biological richness to a garden precisely because it is designed from the point of view that a garden is much more than its plants, and to understand it, many other important layers must be taken into account: from the soil itself to the animals (insects, amphibians, birds, etc.) that inhabit it. In other words, the insect hostel is also part of the narrative that has led Marimurtra to quit using synthetic chemicals to respect and enhance biodiversity, human, animal and plant health and, ultimately, pave the way towards a world without products that can be harmful to life on the planet.
In the case of the insect hostel at Lake Braun-Blanquet, it can be seen that it contains two different types of spaces: holes and plant elements. The holes are the really interesting part for pollinating insects (solitary bees, etc.) as it offers them a place to nest and lay their eggs. The different plant elements that the hostel contains, on the other hand, serve as shelter for insects that find safety in the insect hostel.
Finally, we must highlight the landscape value of an insect hostel like Marimurtra’s, which becomes an outstanding element of the Botanical Garden, also becoming an aesthetically remarkable piece, with a unique design and made with proximity materials that perfectly integrate with Marimurtra.
We invite you to discover every corner of the insect hostel of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

Drawing contest with the students of the EP Carles Faust

On June 18th, the verdict of the drawing contest was made public among the 3rd grade students of the Carles Faust Primary School in Blanes.
The event is part of the commemoration of Faust’s death.
15 students took part, presenting their drawings and receiving a participant’s diploma. The winner was Isabela Garzón, who also received a Marimurtra Family Fan Card that will allow her family to visit the Botanical Garden as many times as she wants in the next year.
The drawings will also be exhibited at the entrance of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

Classe de 3er Escola Carles Faust | Concurs de Dibuix Marimurtra
Class of 3rd School Carles Faust | Marimurtra Drawing Contest
The members of the jury were:
  • Joan Planells (Patron of the Carl Faust Foundation)
  • Carla Vives (Communication Dept . Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
  • Antonio Aguilar (oldest worker of Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
  • Montse Verdaguer (Volunteer at Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
  • Anna Sans (Education Resp. at Marimurtra Botanical Garden)
These are the participating drawings … we hope you like them as much as we do!
  • Concurs de dibuix Carles Faust | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra
    Dibuix guanyador

Marimurtra pomegranate project

Recently a project has been started in Marimurtra to adapt a space in the Garden that over time has gone from being an area closed to the public to a busy area, it is the area that separates the organic garden from the main road. The collection of fruit trees in Marimurtra is currently being increased and this space has been chosen for a pomegranate plantation. These trees, which are low and deciduous, will allow the garden to receive more light when it needs it most, in winter. Of the 9 varieties of pomegranates (Punica granatum) in Marimurtra, 7 have been planted in this area, 4 of edible fruit (Mollar, Negral, Tendral Xàtiva and Provence) and 3 ornamentals (Lagreiliae, Luteum plenum  and Maxima rubra).
The original plantation consisted of Chilean palms (Jubaea chilensis) and cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens), forming an intermittent fence with these two species. To accentuate the separation there was a thuja fence (Platycladus orientalis). Thus, only one side was visitable and the back, the current area of ​​the organic garden, was accessible only to gardeners.
20 years ago, the palm grove was remodeled and an old orchard was removed. From here, and the need to offer visitors a picnic and rest area, access opens to the inner area of ​​the fence. This area was remodeled in 2016 by building a dry stone wall that structures the entire space and dividing the new vegetable garden into terraces. The tuia fence is removed and a chicken coop, an aromatic plantation and an insect hotel are built.
One of the cypress trees was cut down due to the shade it casts on the area of ​​the organic vegetable garden and the storm Gloria knocked down a second cypress tree. The rest of the cypress trees that were naturally lost have not been replaced. The last cypress, already quite old, was removed due to the renovation of the space.
So, currently, we will find in this space a combination of Chilean palms and pomegranate varieties. Experience tells us that these trees have a good growth in the Garden and in addition, the leaves and flowers are very pleasing to the eye. And let’s not forget the grenades! That apart from the goodness of the fruits, they are a natural spectacle of autumn and winter that we can all enjoy very soon in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden!

 

Coneix els voluntaris europeus de Marimurtra

Voluntaris del programa ‘European Solidarity Corps’

Simon

Em dic Simon i tinc 29 anys. Vinc d’un poble petit de  450 persones, a prop de Heidelberg, a Alemanya. Abans d’inscriure’m al programa treballava com a mestre jardiner i com a entrenador professional de feina per a persones amb menys oportunitats i tres dies a la setmana dirigia el meu propi negoci com a jardiner autònom.

Volia participar en el projecte Llavors Solidàries 2.0 per sortir una mica de les rutines de la vida quotidiana, aprendre coses sobre el treball en un jardí botànic i ajudar i donar suport als jardiners i a tots els processos.

Les meves primeres impressions sobre Marimurtra han sigut positives. Treballar en un lloc bonic al costat del mar  mediterrani amb plantes, directament davant del mar és un somni per mi. L’equip Marimurtra és agradable i familiar. De moment he après coses noves sobre les plantes mediterrànies, els insectes, les persones i l’actitud de treballar en general. Estic positiu per al futur i estic content de formar part del projecte de voluntariat i de la comunitat Marimurtra.

Stefanie

Em dic Stefanie i tinc 26 anys. Abans de venir a Blanes vivia a Osnabrück, Alemanya. Vaig estudiar ciències culturals en una ciutat propera i, després d’acabar el màster, vaig tenir el desig d’experimentar el meu propi viatge en una altra cultura i treballar en una àrea diferent amb noves tasques i gent al meu voltant. Quan vaig trobar el projecte “Llavors solidàries 2.0” al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, em va fascinar la bellesa de la natura i em va emocionar viure en un poble tan meravellós com Blanes, així que volia formar part del projecte. Les meves expectatives s’han fet realitat, m’agrada molt la feina al jardí i estic desitjant viure l’any vinent a Blanes.

Clarissa

Hola, jo em dic Clarissa,sóc d’Alemanya i tinc 18 anys. He acabat l’escola a l’estiu i vull passar un any sabàtic, abans de matricular-me a la universitat a l’estranger. Així que vaig decidir participar en un cos de solidaritat europeu i el vaig trobar online. Quan vaig arribar, em va impressionar força la zona, el jardí i, per descomptat, les platges. Per a una alemanya com jo, l’aigua  d’aquí no és  tan freda com allà. Espero aprendre un nou idioma aquí i distingir algunes bones experiències des de casa. A més, vull ser una mica més independent i decidir sobre què estudiar en un futur proper.

 

Programa de pràctiques internacionals

Zanella

El meu nom és Zanella, tinc 24 anys i sóc de França. Sempre he estat atreta per la natura i més concretament pel món de les plantes. Durant els darrers dos anys, he centrat els meus estudis en la botànica. Abans d’entrar al món laboral, veig pensar que viure una experiència a l’estranger em seria molt beneficiós, ja que podria descobrir un nou idioma, una nova cultura i altres maneres de treballar. El Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, ràpidament va captar la meva atenció per la seva bellesa i la magnificència de les col·leccions botàniques que s’hi conserven. És per això que estic molt contenta de ser aquí avui, en aquest esplèndid jardí. La seva localització amb vistes al mar i el meravellós equip que hi ha fan que sigui un lloc molt agradable per treballar-hi.

Voluntaris internacionals pertanyents al programa European Solidarity Corps a Marimurtra

Dos voluntaris internacionals pertanyents al programa ESC (European Solidarity Corps) s’incorporen al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Els voluntaris provenen d’Alemanya i la seva estada al Jardí Botànic de la Costa Brava s’allargarà durant un any

La Fundació Privada Carl Faust, propietària i gestora del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, acull des d’aquesta setmana i durant el proper any dos voluntaris que formen part del programa europeu ‘European Solidarity Corps’, creat amb l’objectiu d’oferir als joves oportunitats de participar en programes de voluntariat que beneficien la comunitat que els acull, així com proporcionar-los un aprenentatge no formal d’alt nivell. En aquest cas, la Fundació Carl Faust té en marxa la segona edició del projecte ‘Solidarity seeds in Marimurtra’ (llavors de solidaritat a Marimurtra) que ofereix als joves voluntaris un context en el qual podran aprendre en profunditat el funcionament, tan pràctic com teòric, d’un jardí botànic i de la seva relació amb el medi ambient, així com amb les diferents polítiques i tendències que en determinen la seva gestió. Hi ha més informació d’aquest programa a www.marimurtra.cat/volunteers

L’arribada dels dos voluntaris alemanys ha estat possible gràcies a la cooperació amb l’entitat d’enviament Naturkultur, que és qui es va encarregar de donar a conèixer i seleccionar els voluntaris d’entre tots els candidats que hi van optar.

Aquesta és la segona vegada que Marimurtra participa en el programa ESC acollint voluntaris, donant així continuïtat a la presència de voluntaris internacionals a les seves instal·lacions i consolidant el seu programa de voluntariat vinculat a un projecte de la Unió Europea.

Finalment, cal destacar que des de la Fundació Carl Faust també s’ofereixen altres opcions de participació i voluntariat local pensades per a la ciutadania de proximitat. En aquest context més local, hi ha prevista la participació en accions puntuals, en accions amb una durada limitada i el voluntariat de llarga durada.

Benvinguda dels voluntaris a Marimurtra (1)