Blog: Marimurtra alive

The Carl Faust Foundation renews its collaboration agreement with the Library of the University of Girona

The Carl Faust Foundation has had an agreement with the University of Girona since 2017, under which it incorporates the Marimurtra Botanical Garden library collection as a special collection. Other actions related to this agreement have to do with the maintenance of the catalog and the public consultation of the works contained in Marimurtra, which currently exceed the more than 1500 works dedicated to environmental sciences, ecology, plant conservation, the garden design and landscape architecture, horticulture, floriculture and flora from around the world, especially from the Mediterranean area. This library wants to support research and documentation on the different botanical collections in the garden, as well as the different researchers who stay in Marimurtra. The fund is divided into two parts. On the one hand, the so-called ‘historical background’ which contains works from before 1952, the year of Faust’s death. In other words, it contains the works acquired by the founder of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden. The rest of the collection, or ‘modern collection’, contains works from 1952 to the present day, and its contents are all those scientific books acquired by the successive people in charge of the Foundation after Faust.
The agreement was in force for four years and was renewed in 2021.

More information about the Library and Archive of the Carl Faust Foundation at this link:

Renovació conveni Biblioteca UdG | Fundació Carl Faust

La Fundació Carl Faust contribueix a la conservació de la flora amenaçada de Catalunya

En els darrers dos anys, en col·laboració amb la Generalitat de Catalunya, ha desenvolupat un projecte per avaluar l’estat de conservació d’espècies vegetals del litoral de Catalunya.

La conservació de la flora amenaçada és una de les principals funcions dels jardins botànics. Les col·leccions de planta viva i de material reproductor que tenen aquestes institucions són recursos fonamentals per a garantir la conservació de les espècies vegetals que es troben en perill d’extinció. Des de fa dos anys, el Jardí Botànic Marimurtra ha reprès les actuacions de conservació de flora amenaçada a Catalunya en col·laboració amb la Direcció General de Polítiques Ambientals i Medi Natural del Departament d’Acció Climàtica, Alimentació i Agenda Rural de la Generalitat de Catalunya. S’ha desenvolupat un projecte que ha tingut com a objectius millorar els coneixements i avaluar l’estat de conservació de nou espècies vegetals característiques dels ambients costaners i aquàtics, les quals, en el marc de l’Estratègia Catalana de Conservació de Flora, estan considerades com a prioritàries.

Per a totes aquestes espècies s’han localitzat i verificat les poblacions conegudes, s’han recollit llavors per incorporar al banc de germoplasma del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, així com també material d’herbari per tenir constància de les localitzacions, s’ha fet una cerca exhaustiva de l’existència de poblacions ex situ en altres institucions i s’ha compilat la informació disponible sobre el seu cultiu ex situ.

Per a una de les espècies, Reseda hookeri, fins ara considerada en estat crític (CR) i una de les espècies clau del projecte, s’ha comprovat que té una àrea de distribució més extensa del que se sabia fins ara, s’ha fet una descripció de l’hàbitat i s’han seleccionat possibles localitats on fer-hi introduccions i així poder millorar el seu estat de conservació. Els resultats i la informació generada són una passa més en la implementació de l’Estratègia Catalana de Conservació de Flora. Ara es disposa de dades actualitzades sobre aquestes espècies, la qual servirà per actuar millor en la seva conservació.

Science Week 2021 in Marimurtra

Over the last two weekends, there have been a lot of science-related activities at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

Setmana de la Ciència 2021 | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

On November 12 and 13 we had the presence of the illustrious botanist Francis Hallé who gave two lectures (“The intelligence of plants” and “The architecture of trees”) and a practical drawing workshop based in the models of arboreal architecture that he himself has defined over more than 50 years of profession.

Its presence in Marimurtra responds, precisely, to the acts of homage to the half century of dedication to botany that Sello Arboleda wants to put in value through the visit to different points of botanical interest, the first of which has been the Garden Marimurtra Botanist.

A new edition of ‘Marimurtra + Científic’ was held on November 20, a one-morning activity in which some of the most important scientific activities of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden are presented. This year has focused on volunteer programs, plant extracts, herbarium, seed bank and the Mosquito Alert project. About twenty people attended this activity which combined the exhibition parts with the practices. In other words, in addition to learning about the different initiatives, it was also possible to make a small herbarium, practice the choice of seeds and get to know first hand the spaces where the natural extracts that make up the Marimurtra Botanical Garden are made.
Finally, on November 21, there was a free guided tour on scientific topics entitled ‘The biodiversity of Marimurtra’. This visit, lasting more than an hour, was designed to provide information on the main aspects of environmental management in Marimurtra. The more than 20 participants who were part of it were able to get to know first hand the programs for the production of plant extracts, the production of compost and natural fertilizer, the inventories of birds and insects, etc.

Once again, the Marimurtra Botanical Garden has taken part in Science Week, offering its visitors the opportunity to enjoy an enriching, scientific and fun experience.

  • Setmana de la Ciència | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra
    Francis Hallé a Marimurtra

Tribute to Francis Hallé

50th Anniversary of Plant Architecture

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first writings of Hallé and Oldeman on the architecture of plants, Sello Arboleda and the Carl Faust Foundation (Marimurtra Botanical Garden) present a series of events of homage and recognition to one of the great figures of contemporary botany.

These activities are designed both to disseminate the content of Francis Hallé’s research and research among the general public as well as the technical and expert in the field. That is why different types of proposals adapted to different levels of botanical knowledge are offered.


Exhibition ’50 years of The architecture of plants

The exhibition, open to all audiences aims to be a tour and tribute to the botanist F. Hallé with the excuse of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book L’Architecture et la dynamique de growth des arbres tropicaux (Hallé & Oldeman) also collecting some of the successes of his professional career in the study of tropical plants and forests.

Some of the explanatory panels include his biography and editorials, focusing on some of his most representative works such as The canopy pond, the film Il était une forêt and his new project Pour la forêt primarie.

The other panels accompany the visitor in explaining the foundations and principles of plant architecture, as well as the 24 tree models currently defined, and invite you to view some of these models in front of the specimen located in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden .

This exhibition can be seen and visited along the route of the Botanical Garden through a series of explanatory panels located in front of some of the most outstanding tree specimens in Marimurtra.

Download the exhibition leaflet in pdf by clicking here

  • Francis Hallé | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra

Technical conference

Drawing workshop with one of the great masters of the study of trees.


9.30Welcome and accreditations
10:00Home workshop: conference ‘The architecture of plants’
11:30Home classroom drawing workshop
14:30Drawing workshop in the Garden
16:00Review classroom drawing workshop
17:30End of drawing workshop
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Drawing contest ‘My school in Marimurtra’

The Carl Faust Foundation is opening a drawing competition for all students who visit the Botanical Garden as a guided tour or school activity (Check the Education Program) from October 15, 2021 until June 10, 2022 The competition is entitled ‘My school in Marimurtra’

Every year, more than 3,500 students from all over Catalonia visit the Botanical Garden, a unique outdoor place with more than 4,000 plant species to learn and enjoy the nature around us.

A new school year has recently begun and in Marimurtra we are also starting the 1st Drawing Contest “My school in Marimurtra”, awarding all participants with a diploma, the winning student with a “Fan Marimurtra” and free tickets by his classmates.

Check out the contest rules here.

Volunteer program 2021/22 in Marimurtra

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.

Make your movie in Marimurtra Botanical Garden

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:

  1. Exploration of abstract forms in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden and collection of images
  2. 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.

Workshop registration by clicking here

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:

Stop-Motion Animated Cactus #1: an Example of a Naturally Occurring “Bloom” from John Edmark on Vimeo.

Cauliwobbles Excerpts from Emily Scaife on Vimeo.

CRAWLER | Shroomlapses from Michael Pisano on Vimeo.

Stefanie, voluntària del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra ens explica la seva experiència al Jardí

Em dic Stefanie i sóc d’Osnabrück, Alemanya.

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.


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” ( 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 @ 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

  • Activitats Escola | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra


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
  • Snorkel Botànic 2021 | Jardí Botànic Marimurtra