50th anniversary of the Manifesto ‘Catalan, language of scientific expression’

On August 20th, the event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Manifesto ‘Catalan, language of scientific expression’ took place in Prada de Conflent, in which Josep Maria Camarasa, member of the board of trustees of the Fundació Carl Faust, manager of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden.

Josep Maria Camarasa is one of the four surviving speakers of the eleven who presented the manifesto 50 years ago.

In 1973, the manifesto on the use of Catalan in scientific communication was presented, drawn up by 11 speakers of different ages and specialties who represented the different generations of Catalan scientists active at the time.

Although the manifesto was presented at the beginning of the decade of the 70s, it is contextualized in the era of ‘sixties’, which as well transcribed by Camarasa “It was a plural movement and of great vitality, which manifested itself as the expression of a very fierce collective will in which two objectives converged: the rejection of Francoism and the affirmation of culture (and language) as a defining form of Catalan identity”.

The presentation of this Manifesto was a belated manifestation of all the movements and actions that took place during the ‘sixties’: resumption of the science branches of the IEC, launch of the Great Catalan Encyclopedia with considerable attention to the topics scientists, incorporation of valuable scientists such as Enric Casassas, Ramon Margalef or Antoni Prevosti into the UB and the nascent UAB, first participation in Antarctic expeditions by Catalan scientists such as Antoni Ballester or Josefina Castellví, scientific vocabularies such as the Electronic Dictionary of Lluis Marquet (1971) or the Vocabulary of Medicine (1974) of the Academy of Medical Sciences, among other milestones.

On August 25, 1973, Oriol Casassas and Ramon Folch presented in the gymnasium of the Liceu Renouvier de Prada, in front of 300 people, the initial document they had drafted, which was approved, with some amendments, in the following weeks it was signed by numerous scientists from the Catalan Countries and was presented to the Institute of Catalan Studies.

The manifesto claims the use of the Catalan language in all areas but specifically in the scientific community and establishes different criteria for scientific publications with very solid arguments that take into account the history and use of the language.

A document that has become extremely important for the consolidation and regularization of the Catalan language in all its areas, but above all in the field of science.

The recorded memorial service can be viewed at this link.

50è aniversari del Manifest El català, llengua d'expressió científica

La Fundació Carl Faust estudia mesures de millora de gestió energètica i consum gràcies a un Cupó de Competitivitat

La FUNDACIO CARL FAUST ha desenvolupat el projecte “Anàlisi i viabilitat de l’aplicació de la IA en els processos operatius” que ha estat subvencionat amb el suport d’ACCIÓ en el marc del programa Cupons de Competitivitat: Cupons de Canvi Climàtic.

El projecte ha consistit en apropar el Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, propietat i gestionat per la Fundació, a uns estàndards basats en els edificis de consum quasi nul (nZEB) o a l‘acreditació LEED o BREEAM, potenciant les hibridacions d’energies renovables i economia circular per un aprofitament dels potencials disponibles segons la zona climàtica i tipologia d’edificació.

Fundació Carl Faust

The Carl Faust Foundation participated in the tribute to Eric Ragnar Sventenius organized by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria

Acte Sventenius Canaries
From left to right: Inés Jiménez, Cristòfol Jordà, Antonio Morales, Julia Pérez, Juli Caujapé and Arnoldo Santos.

Last May 22, the tribute to the founder of the Jardín Botánico de Viera y Clavijo took place on the 50th anniversary of his death

Eric Ragnar Sventenius was the Swedish botanist who founded the Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo and was also its first director

The impact that the work of Sventenius has had on the Island went beyond the mere collection and care of our natural heritage. It was a stimulus that coincided with the first ‘green revolution’ of Gran Canaria, when the recovery of the forest crown began after centuries of overexploitation, parallel to the implementation by the Cabildo of the construction of the network of dams and numerous works to stop erosion“, said the president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales.

Inés Jiménez Martín, vice-president and councilor for the Environment of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, took part in the event, which was held in the Botanical Garden itself; Cristòfol Jordà, president of the Carl Faust Foundation, manager of the Marimurtra Botanical Garden; Antonio Morales Méndez, president of the Cabildo; Julia Pérez de Paz, botanist, disciple and collaborator of Sventenius, former head of research at the Canario Botanical Garden; Juli Caujapé Castells, biologist, director of the Jardín Botánico Canario “Viera y Clavijo” in Las Palmas and host of the events; and Arnoldo Santos Guerra, botanist specializing in Canarian flora, disciple and collaborator of Sventenius, former head of the Botanical Unit of the Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava, in Tenerife.

Several talks were held during the event, among which the Carl Faust Foundation participated with a few words from Cristòfol Jordà on the impact of Sventenius on the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, where he worked as a gardener and botanist from 1935 to 1940. Also, he was a close collaborator of Carl Faust who was given, among other things, the hapless task of leading the Marimurtra Botanical Garden through the Spanish Civil War, a task he did successfully while ensuring its survival.

After the parliaments, a video was shown about the life and work of Sventenius made by the Department of Environmental Education of the Botanical Garden of Gran Canaria and finally a toast was made and the participating members were presented with the work Flora de Gran Canaria de Günter and Mary Ann Kunkel.

The tribute is celebrated throughout this year with several actions, one of which took place at the Marimurtra Botanical Garden in February to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo, in Gran Canaria, and the 50th anniversary of the death of its creator.

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: https://marimurtra.cat/en/biblioteca-carl-faust/

Renovació conveni Biblioteca UdG | Fundació Carl Faust

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.

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


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.

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

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

El Jardí Botànic Marimurtra commemora el 68è aniversari de la mort del seu fundador, Carl Faust

La commemoració s’ha dut a terme excepcionalment al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, amb un discurs i una ofrena floral davant el bust de Carl Faust

Cada 24 d’abril la Fundació Carl Faust commemora l’aniversari de la mort de qui fou el creador del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra (Costa Brava). Aquest any, el Jardí ho ha fet de manera diferent a la tradicional a causa de la situació d’alarma excepcional que s’està vivint a causa del Covid-19.

Habitualment, es realitzava una ofrena floral a la tomba de Faust, al cementiri de Blanes, amb la presència dels alumnes de l’Escola Carles Faust i tot seguit, els treballadors i autoritats locals feien una ofrena floral a l’estàtua de Carl Faust del Passeig de Mar de Blanes. Enguany, no s’ha pogut dur a terme, però el Jardí ha volgut realitzar un acte senzill i simbòlic per recordar l’esperit d’esforç i superació del seu fundador.

L’acte s’ha dut a terme a porta tancada davant del bust de Carl Faust, ubicat a la pèrgola del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra. Presidit pel gerent de la Fundació Carl Faust, Josep Borrell, i amb la presència de treballadors de Marimurtra, s’ha iniciat l’acte amb una ofrena floral amb flors recollides del les tres zones principals del Jardí, simbolitzant així l’amplitud i profunditat de l’obra de Faust. L’acte ha conclòs amb un discurs del gerent de la Fundació, que reflexiona sobre com els valors fundacionals de Marimurtra poden servir com a guia per superar la present situació excepcional i va finalitzar amb l’agraïment de tots els treballadors per poder gaudir i aprendre del llegat de Carl Faust, el Jardí Botànic Marimurtra.

L’acte s’ha desenvolupat en tot moment seguint les mesures de seguretat i prevenció establertes pels poders públics.

El 1951, Carl Faust va crear la Fundació Carl Faust, a qui va llegar el seu patrimoni amb l’encàrrec de seguir l’acompliment del seu objectiu vital: fer que Marimurtra fos un jardí botànic de referència. Actualment, i des d’aleshores, la Fundació Carl Faust és la propietària i responsable del manteniment del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra.

Collaboration agreement between the Carl Faust Private Foundation and the Library of the University of Girona.

On April 24, 2019 at Marimurtra Botanical Garden’s iconic ‘Linnaeus Temple’, the director of the University of Girona’s library, Ángeles Merino, and vice-chancellor of the UdG, Josep Daunis, presented a collaboration agreement between the Private Foundation Carl Faust and the Library of the University of Girona.

The agreement makes the books and documents of Carl Faust’s private library available to the general public, as well as researchers and scholars. This collection consists of about 1,700 works, both històric and contemporary, focused on environmental sciences, ecology, plant conservation, landscape design and landscape architecture, horticulture, floriculture and flora from around the world, especially from the Mediterranean area.

This important bibliographical collection aims to promote research and documentation on the various botanical collections of Marimurtra, as well as to facilitate the study of researchers who spend time in the Garden.

This agreement, will help us to make this significant library fully accesible via search catalogs from different libraries worldwide, such as the University of Girona.

Additionally, thanks to the collaboration, decades of correspondence that Carl Faust kept with botanists of his time will also be visible, such as José Cuatrecasas, Miquel Aldrufeu and Carlos Pou, as well as letters he exchanged with one of his disciples, Ramon Margalef. This digitization process will make it possible for citizens and researchers to view the hitherto unpublished documents on the network.

Finally, this agreement is of mutual benefit to both entities. On the one hand, by extending the bibliographic catalog of the Library of Girona with a collection of books providing great value both for their antiquity and their rarity; and on the other hand, the visibility and prestige granted to the Private Foundation Carl Faust, which for the first time, makes available to the public the private collection of its founder, Carl Faust (1874 to 1952).