THE GARDEN NOW

IT'S AUTUMN AT THE GARDEN

TIEMPO DE BAYAS Y HOJAS CAIDAS

HISTORY | RESTORATION

In 1985, El Botànic was recognised in the University Statutes as a “university centre for research, teaching and culture”, and became dependent on the central governing body of the university. Two years later, the Chancellor Ramon Lapiedra appointed Manuel Costa, Professor of the School of Pharmacy, as director of the Garden and put him in charge of drawing up a project for its full restoration.

The restoration was carried out in two phases, the first (1989-1991) aimed to recover the area covered by gardens, including the restoration of the buildings and enlarging the plant collections. New collections were housed in the greenhouses (orchids, bromeliads, succulents, tropical and carnivorous plants) and opened to the public. Also, the School of Botany Garden was replanted in line with the modern concepts of systematics. On the 12th of June 1991, El Botànic opened its doors to the public. The Garden began a new epoch of scientific dissemination, educational activities, research into biological conservation and cultural activities.

The second phase in the restoration process involved the construction of the research building, which was inaugurated on the 18th of May 2000. At this point Antoni Aguilella took over the directorship of El Botànic, marking the beginning of a new era in which Science, Culture and Nature have become the three pillars of the new 21st century garden.