Additions to Marimurtra’s cycad collection

Marimurtra Botanical Garden is expanding its collection of cycads thanks to collaborators Javier Garcia Pua and Simon Lavaud

The recent exchange with Javier Garcia Púa has offered Marimurtra the opportunity to acquire a very valuable specimen for the garden’s collection of cycads. A hybrid of the palms Jubaea chilensis and Butia odorata was exchanged for the cycad Encephalartos lebomboensis, a native of South Africa like most cycads. This species is in danger of extinction and is at risk of disappearing in its wild state.

Two specimens of Dioon merolae and one Macrozamia mountperriensis were also purchased. With the help of cycad specialist Simon Lavaud, these specimens have been planted in different strategic areas of the Garden.

Dioon merolae is also in danger of extinction. While the two new specimens are relatively young, specimens more than 500 years old have been found. You can determine their age by the length of the trunk, or stem. To know the sex of the plant, you must await its cone-shaped inflorescence. Males and females look different.

These species add value to the collection of cycads, which continues to increase in variety and number of species, with the aim of guaranteeing the survival of this genus, as many cycad species are in danger of extinction. The collection at Marimurtra is fast becoming one of the most important collections of cycad in Europe, with acquisition of new species included in the garden’s budget.

Innovating the detection of Red Palm Weevils

As always at Marimurtra, we work to ensure sustainability of the environment. Recently, an innovative system created by IoTrees, has been implemented to detect Red Palm Weevils (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus) which attack our palm trees. The new system consists of seismic sensors that are placed in the palm and detect the sounds weevils make as they chew their way towards the growing point or ‘heart’ of the palm. (Unlike other plants, palms have only one growing point, and if that is destroyed the palm cannot re-grow, and it dies).

marimurtraThis small insect is the culprit behind the deaths of thousands of palm trees every year in our country, and milions worldwide. The weevil has become a real plague that affects a large number of Communities in Spain, especially those located in coastal areas, and its pace of expansion has been unstoppable, and seemingly as well, the damage caused to the palm trees. The larva is the life stage that really causes the greatest damage to the palm trees. After hatching, they feed on the soft inner tissues and new growth of the tree, and it is at this moment that death begins for the palm.
In the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, a total of 4 palm trees have died due to this insect and, in order to avoid future attacks, an innovative and environmentally friendly system has been sought to help identify sufficiently in advance the specimens that suffer from this plague.

The sensors have incorporated a system that detects seismic movements. When they detect a match for a sound wave pattern coinciding with the sound of a weevil biting the palm stipule, it sends a signal to a mobile device, warning that that palm is being attacked. It is able to detect a larva of only 1 cm in length, which allows a very early detection of the attack to guarantee the survival of the specimen.

marimurtraA seismic sensor is placed in the stipule of the palm tree. In this way, it is able to detect all movements that occur in the palm tree. Its system of detection of the weevils is very effective and innovative, since it excludes the natural movements produced by the wind or the rain, but zeroes in on the movement and the vibration of the weevils chewing the palm.

In this way, the death of any specimen can be prevented by early detection. Once detected, we provide a treatment with plant extracts to eradicate the pest before it is too late. In Marimurtra, no chemicals are used and the treatment is done with Neem (Azadirachta indica) vegetable oil.

The most awaited bloom of the year in the Marimurtra Botanical Garden of the Costa Brava is now in full glory

Drossanthemum floribundum carpets the stone blocks bordering Marimurtra’s ‘Steps of Epicurus’ with a waterfall of pink.

The 81 Steps of Epicurus are one of the most significant constructions of Marimurtra, structured in 9 different levels of 9 steps each, the stairway is famed for tits majesty, for the stunning views provided, and for the color offered by the Drosanthemum during Spring. Due to its visual delight, Epicurus’ Steps during full flower has become one of the most representative images of the botanical garden on the Costa Brava.
Escales Epicur Marimurtra
Also known by the common name ‘Midday Flower’ or Queen’s Hair, this is a classic species because of the multitude of pink flowers it provides during its ephemeral flowering. Native to South Africa, and thus well adapted to wet winters and dry summers, it is commonly used in Meditarranean gardening as a living carpet. Drosanthemum’s leaves are covered with water cells and this makes them glisten as if dew-covered or freshly watered, the flowers are a pale pink color and unfortunately its flowering lasts approximately 3 weeks, between March and June. In addition, they are a great source of pollen collection by the pollinating bees of the Garden.
Drosanthemum Marimurtra

They are given the common name of ‘Midday Flower’, since they require a lot of sunlight to open up. Therefore, sunny days are ideal to enjoy this species, and especially when the sun is in its most perpendicular to the Earth, at noon. On cloudy and rainy days its flowers remain closed. The genus name Drosanthemum is derived from the Greek for dew, drosos, and flower, anthos, referring to the glittering appearance of many species. Their abundant flowering inspired another common name, ‘Queen’s Hair’, while the scientific name ‘floribundum’ is from the Latin for “many flowered”.

In addition to their botanical content interest, the Epicurus’ Steps mark the promise of love between two people. In the Marimurtra Botanical Garden weddings are held, and the spectacular descent of the bride takes place on these majestic stairs. It is a unique moment and the beginning of the path to the exclusive ceremony at the Temple of Linnaeus.

Water in Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Marimrutra Botanical Garden benefits from new projects themed around the importance and benefits of water

Water is an element of nature, integral to natural ecosystems, fundamental for reproducing life on the planet. It is indispensable in making possible the development of biological processes.

At Marimurtra Botanical Garden, we are very aware of both the need and importance of water: not only for the hydration and nutrients that it offers to the Garden, but also in a visual and sensory sense. We have begun a series of changes in our water systems and devices.
On the operational side, the Garden’s rainwater catchment system has been rehabilitated to optimize our use of water. Recovering the knowledge and practices of our ancestors, using basic materials and tools, a mechanism has been created to keep the rainwater and the underground water from being lost, we use this very efficiently, to the last drop.

La mina del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra
Botanical Garden Marimurtra’s mine

Therefore, at a time when there is an increasing scarcity of water resources, the improved efficiency achieved thanks to the collection system will provide significant environmental and economic benefits. Our irrigation supplies will gain from the 1.402.373,4 liters of collected water per year.

On the experiential side, we recognize that ‘water is life’ and the sounds produced by its movement helps to create a healing sensation of peace and calm for the visitor. The sources of the Garden are an essential element in this process, especially at the landscape level.

Marimurtra will create a new space of peace and relaxation through the fountains installed in the third garden: with the addition of three pumps, water will be able to circulate throughout the space. This will create the relaxing atmosphere, while being on-hand for some irrigation. By circulating continuously, stagnation is prevented, and mosquitoes are prevented.

Recognizing the importance of water for sustainability of the environment, Marimurtra Botanical Garden is organizing a photo contest on social networks (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) in which the main theme is water in Marimurtra.

Express yourself with the hashtags #h2omarimurtra and #marimurtra and share with us your creative perception of the water inside the garden. The contest will be active until Sunday, March 25th at 11:59 p.m. The 5 most original photographs will be selected, of which 4 finalists will be awarded and one winner. The winner can enjoy an annual subscription to visit the Marimurtra Botanical Garden, a breakfast for two in the garden’s café area and a gift from a selction of Km0 craft products from Marimurtra.

Liven up and do not let your opportunity escape!

Check the contest rules here.



El Jardí Botànic Marimurtra va rebre el 2017 un total de 119.390 persones

Aquesta dada significa un increment de 12.125 persones respecte el 2016 i és la millor registrada des del 2003

El Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, a Blanes, va rebre durant el 2017 un total de 119.390 visitants, xifra que representa un increment de l’11% respecte el 2016. La pujada és encara més destacable si es compara amb l’exercici de 2015, any en què van visitar Marimurtra 95.374 persones. La dada de visitants que Marimurtra va rebre el passat 2017 és la millor registrada des del 2003.

El grup més destacat de visitants que va rebre Marimurtra va ser el d’origen francès, seguit del català i, ja a més distància, el rus i el polonès.

  • Públic francès: 25.296 visitants
  • Públic català: 25.163 visitants
  • Públic rus: 13.539 visitants
  • Públic polonès: 10.785 visitants
Imatge de l’entrada al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra l’estiu de 2017

La visita al Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, un dels dos únics de Catalunya i l’únic de la Costa Brava, continua presentant unes dades d’estacionalitat molt elevada, tal i com indica la dada de que el 83% dels visitants van anar a Marimurtra en el període de primavera i estiu (abril-setembre) mentre que nomes el 17% ho van fer la resta de mesos. En aquest sentit, la Fundació Carl Faust ha preparat un seguit d’accions per fer més atractiva la visita en els mesos que cauen fora de al temporada alta. Aquestes accions estan pensades també per promoure la vessant pedagògica de Marimurtra, i consisteixen en posar a disposició dels visitants uns materials lúdics i didàctics per fer en família i que es poden descarregar gratuïtament del web del Jardí Botànic

La Fundació Carl Faust, propietària i gestora del Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, valora molt positivament aquestes xifres en un context de recuperació del turisme a Catalunya i de la Costa Brava en particular. També en la revitalització d’un interès pels paratges més icònics i significatius de casa nostra, entre els quals destaca Marimurtra, una proposta lúdica i cultural amb un gran interès botànic i paisatgístic.

La Fundació Carl Faust és una fundació privada sense ànim de lucre que el 2009 va rebre la Creu de Sant Jordi de la Generalitat de Catalunya. El Jardí Botànic Marimurtra està classificat com a Bé Cultural d’Interès Nacional per la Generalitat de Catalunya.

El Rebost de Marimurtra

Coincidint amb la Setmana de la Ciència vàrem estrenar a Marimurtra una nova visita guiada, ‘El rebost de Marimurtra’. En aquesta visita es vol posar en valor la importància de la conservació i millora de la biodiversitat. Durant el recorregut pel jardí es mostren i s’expliquen les relacions que estableixen la fauna i la flora de Marimurtra. Es vol transmetre al visitant la idea que podem veure el jardí com un gran rebost per a la fauna diversa que hi viu o que el visita. Per exemple les merles i els pit-roigs que viuen a Marimurtra, cada cop més acostumats a la presència humana, tenen els àpats assegurats quan als parterres humits, un cop regats, troben una munió de cucs que han tret el cap per respirar. També es descobriran les restes de pinyes rosegades pels esquirols o es veurà algun exemplar de la papallona de l’arboç (Charaxes jasius) la menja preferida de la qual son les fulles de cirerer d’arboç (Arbutus unedo). En tot ecosistema natural es produeixen relacions entre el sòl, la vegetació i la fauna. El Jardí Botànic Marimurtra és un ecosistema creat per l’home, artificial, però tot i això, aquestes relacions també es donen de manera natural i, a més, nosaltres les potenciem.

Materials per a la visita ‘El Rebost de Marimurtra’.

A Marimurtra s’ha apostat per un treball que dia a dia realitza accions de conservació i millora de la diversitat biològica. L’objectiu és millorar la condició de l’hàbitat de manera que es contribueixi al desenvolupament de la flora i de diferents grups de vertebrats e invertebrats. Un bon exemple és l’hort del Marimurtra. Un hort representa la possibilitat d’un bon àpat no només per a nosaltres sinó també a per molts altres éssers vius. Els horts configuren ecosistemes rics per la presència d’una gran varietat de plantes i animals. Atrauen tot tipus de fauna: invertebrats, ocells, petits mamífers, etcètera. Aquesta presència, lluny de ser una nosa per als horts , contribueix de manera decisiva a assolir l’equilibri d’aquest hàbitat i del jardí. Així, per exemple, alguns ocells s’alimenten de larves o d’insectes que resulten perjudicials per a les hortalisses. Igualment, amfibis, rèptils i mamífers, així com alguns insectes- com la marieta- ajuden a mantenir a ratlla les plagues hortícoles. Això es considera tant important que els jardiners de Marimurtra treballen tenint en compte que la flora útil actuï de reclam de la fauna auxiliar que farà bona feina en la neteja de plagues.

A tot el jardí s’utilitzen també plantes per fer extractes vegetals per curar plantes diverses. Són plantes que contribueixen a accelerar la resposta dels vegetals a un atac, estimulant la producció d’aromes, enriquint el sistema de defensa, aturant la progressió de fongs o evitant la instal·lació d’insectes. Les millors plantes per preparar els extractes vegetals són: Urtica dioica, ortiga; Equisetum dioica, cua de cavall i Symphytum officinalis, consola.

Tenir estratègies de conservació i millora de la biodiversitat és bàsic i és el que ha de permetre a Marimurtra no només no perdre riquesa de flora i fauna sinó també augmentar-la.

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