Ajuntament de Barcelona

Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Garden

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Characteristics
Average length: 
35 min
Distance: 
550 m
Opening times: 
10 am until dusk
Objectives: 
Discover a theme garden on bulbous and aquatic plants in a poethic environment.
Accesses: 
Carrer dels Tarongers right in front of Joan Brossa Garden. The main entrance is in the crossroad of Avinguda de Miramar and Carrer dels Tarongers. There is another access on Carrer del Doctor Font i Quer from where you can make the itinerary in reverse.
Audience: 
All audiences
Associated spaces: 
Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Garden

The route begins on the lawn area located in front of the pond at the park. Along the path there are both deciduous trees (as the Bolle's poplar (102)) and evergreen trees (as the pinneapple guava (103) or the bull bay (104)) and a especially remarkable tree, the maidenhair tree (105), from Chine origin; this tree is considered a living fossil and it is the single survivor of an extinct plant division (except for this species). Near the sculpture Noia dels lliris (Lilies girl) (1970), by Ramon Sabí, honouring Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer (to whom the garden also honours), and preceding a wide staircase, there are some evergreen trees, both foreign, as the deodar cedar (106), and indigenous, as the cork oak (107).

On both sides of the stairs, there are terraces with linked small reservoirs with numerous aquatic plants (pontederia, ribwort plantain, nenuphar, Nymphaea hibrida, Talia dealbata, pendulous sedge...), most of them with rhizomes; those rhizome help them to fix themselves and to survive during the winter. Although some of them can be easily seen because they float (in some cases even the roots), some can’t, either completely (the underwater living ones) or partially (they have emergent leaves). It is also noticeable the presence of amphibians, such as the Mediterranean tree frog or the Perez's frog.

At the top of the stairs, there is a small pond with a bald cypress (111), a deciduous tree living both in the water and in drier terrains. The pond can be crossed through a wooden bridge going to one of the accesses to the park, on Carrer del Doctor Font i Quer. From this point, which is marked with a welcome to the park panel, you can follow the visit on other interesting spaces of Montjuïc, as Viver de Tres Pins, Petra Kelly Gardens or the Botanical Garden.

Again inside the premises, the route goes among indigenous Mediterranean trees, as the olive tree (112), the holly oak (113) and the parasol pine (114). Very close to them there are the old gardeners’ shed and the sculpture La maternitat (The maternity) (1970), by Sebastià Badia, a sweet and calm image of a woman looking at her child on her lap. Along the path there are deciduous foreign trees (paper mulberry (115), hardy orange (116), Japanese pagoda tree (118)) and some indigenous tree, typical of the riparian forest, as the black poplar (117).

The route finishes on the garden main gate, on Carrer dels Tarongers near Avinguda de Miramar, where a coat of arms of Barcelona city is in display. It is made of plants with seasonal flowers, mainly bulbous plants, and is surrounded by big magnolia trees; at the end of spring, at the flowering period, they form a greatly spectacular group.

In addition to the aquatic plants, the bulbous ones (119) are the other main appeal of this thematic garden, which is specialised in this kind of plants.

From the garden’s main gate (120) end of the route and of all the itinerary, you can follow to other spaces, as Laribal Gardens, Acclimatization Garden, Teatre Grec Gardens, Joan Maragall Gardens, Historical Botanical Garden or Joan Miró Foundation.

Advice: 

Comfortable clothes and suitable footwear to walk, binoculars and camera. In summer, at sunshine hours, cap and sunglasses. It is advisable to visit the garden in spring and in summer, when the two big flowering periods occur from March to April and from the end of July to the beginning of September).