This week we welcome two international volunteers belonging to the European Solidarity Corps program.
Two international volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps join the Marimurtra Botanical Garden
Two new volunteers have recently joined Marimurtra. They come from Germany and are part of the “Volunteers for a Green Future” project, coordinated together with the German organization Naturkultur, e.V. and part of the European Solidarity Corps program.
The Carl Faust Private Foundation, the host organization for this project, owner and manager of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, is hosting two volunteers from the European Solidarity Corps from October 1st to June. This European program aims to offer young people the opportunity to participate in volunteer projects that benefit the host community, as well as provide them with high-level non-formal learning.
During their stay, the volunteers take part in garden activities related to sustainable conservation, education and scientific dissemination and applied research carried out in Marimurtra. In addition, thanks to the collaboration with the Consortium for Linguistic Normalization (CNL), volunteers will participate in a basic level Catalan course to facilitate their integration in our country.
This is the third time that Marimurtra participates in the ESC program by hosting volunteers, thus continuing the presence of international volunteers at its facilities in a program linked to the already consolidated European Union.
Children’s workshop on cinema and abstract animation at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden (October 9 | 10.00 am to 2.00 pm)
If your children have skills and talent for images … if your children have an artist inside and if they are between 7 and 12 years old, we propose an abstract creation workshop to experiment, discover and express their concerns.
The proposal of this activity guided by prestigious visual artists, is to create a collective video that will participate in the forthcoming Punto y Raya Junior Festival on October 22nd and 23rd. An excellent way to discover the shapes, textures and colors that nature hides and that you can find in Marimurtra.
The, the aim of the activity is to create a collaborative video between all the members of the group that will take part in the final of the Punto y Raya Junior Festival on October 22nd and 23rd in Poland. Therefore, in Marimurtra we will discover different patterns, shapes and colors and from the exploration of this diversity that nature offers us, children will capture images and together, with the help of an expert, they will create audiovisual resources. .This workshop will be directed by the plastic artist Anita Garcia and will consist of two parts:
Exploration of abstract forms in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden and collection of images
Work and reflection on the collected images
There will be a short stop between the two parties to have something for breakfast. (Registration for the workshop includes the breakfast of the participating child).
What material will be needed? It is recommended that the participating children bring a tablet or mobile phone with a camera so that they can take pictures and comment on them in groups.
Participants can be part of the workshop accompanied by parents or alone. The dynamics are thought of in both cases. The registration price includes, in any case, the ticket for the girl or boy participating and the companions (maximum 2) who want to participate in the workshop.
Punto y Raya, an international platform dedicated to production, education of the audiovisual arts in its purest state, launches the third JUNIOR call for Abstract Short Films produced by children under 7 to 12 years.
See some examples of abstract botanical shorts made by participants in previous editions of the Punto y Raya Junior festival:
Volia marxar a l’estranger per conèixer una nova cultura i millorar les meves habilitats interculturals. Abans de venir a Blanes vaig acabar el màster en Ciències Culturals a Alemanya i després d’estar un parell d’anys a la Universitat vaig voler fer les meves pròpies experiències. El projecte del Cos Europeu de Solidaritat va ser una bona oportunitat per a mi perquè, a diferència de molts altres, obtens suport econòmic, ajuda amb els teus documents i els teus viatges i tens l’oportunitat de viure i treballar juntament amb altres voluntaris. A més, hi ha una gran varietat de projectes amb diferents ofertes.
El projecte que vaig escollir es diu “Solidarity Seeds 2.0” al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra de Blanes, Espanya. El jardí està al cim d’uns penya-segats escarpats, directament al mar i molt famós per Blanes.
El meu projecte va començar el setembre de 2020 i va acabar l’agost de 2021, així que en total hi passo uns 12 mesos.
Durant aquest projecte, la resta de voluntaris i jo hem ajudat a la conservació sostenible de la col·lecció de plantes del Jardí, hem donat suport a tasques relacionades amb els efectes del canvi climàtic, hem donat oportunitats educatives als joves sobre temes socials, culturals i ecològics i hem augmentat la biodiversitat del jardí. Hem treballat de dilluns a divendres, dos dies a l’oficina amb tasques més teòriques relacionades i els altres tres dies els passem a l’hort amb altres jardiners per conèixer les pràctiques. El nostre horari de treball canviava de tant en tant, en funció de la temporada i de les mesures del Covid. Com que vaig treballar i viure en un nou entorn cultural, vaig aprendre molt sobre mi i sobre altres coses:
Convivència amb altres voluntaris amb una formació, actitud i pensament diferents
Ser obert a coses noves independentment de les meves expectatives
Aprenent sobre els meus propis límits
Les barreres lingüístiques poden costar dificultats
Sentir-se estranger i com afrontar-ho
Treball de jardineria i coneixements sobre plantes, temes ecològics i conservació de plantes
Utilitzar diferents idiomes amb diferents persones
Nova cultura i nous llocs
Per mantenir-se en contacte amb amics i familiars encara que no estiguin a prop
Per portar-se bé amb les diferències amb les coses que saps i a les quals estàs acostumat
Tots aquests punts tindran un impacte en com veig certes coses en el futur i com puc afrontar millor situacions desconegudes. Sobretot el fet que ara pugui empatitzar millor amb persones estrangeres en un país és important per a mi. Puc entendre millor saber com et sents quan no parles l’idioma, quan és difícil conèixer gent nova i quan t’has d’integrar en un nou entorn cultural. Amb els meus estudis en ciències culturals és necessari que no només aprengui de manera teòrica, sinó que també faci les meves pròpies experiències per entendre realment el pensament i els sentiments de les persones.
Sens dubte, recomanaria a altres persones que facin un ESC si tenen l’oportunitat. Però abans has de pensar què vols fer i si pots fer-ho. Anar a l’estranger pot ser una experiència agradable, però tampoc és fàcil. Heu de ser conscients dels costats positius i negatius i crec que hi ha gent que no pot treure tant del voluntariat com ho farien els altres. També es tracta de la teva pròpia personalitat i del que creus que és bo per a tu.
En definitiva, el temps a Blanes em quedarà positiu al cap, no sempre va ser fàcil, però em va agradar molt quedar-me aquí, conèixer gent nova i descobrir una vida diferent fora de joc de la meva vida a Alemanya. Blanes és un lloc agradable per viure. Amb el mar, la natura al voltant i la vida a la ciutat tens un ambient agradable i si vols sortir tens diverses possibilitats per fer-ho. Em va agradar quedar-me al port i menjar i beure alguna cosa en un dels nombrosos bars i restaurants del passeig. I si us voleu moure una mica més podeu fer una caminada fins al castell per tenir una bonica vista de Blanes.
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 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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
The 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.
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
Recollida de l'herbari a l'Escola Vedruna de Malgrat de Mar
Imatge d'un plec de l'herbari
Carles Burguera, conservador de l'herbari de Marimurtra
Imatge d'un dels volums de l'herbari
Moment de la signatura del conveni de cessió
Recollida de l'herbari a l'Escola Vedruna de Malgrat de Mar
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.
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.
The members of the jury were:
Joan Planells (Patron of the Carl Faust Foundation)
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!
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