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Jardins de Petra Kelly

This minute memorial garden enjoys one of the strangest settings in Barcelona: it is located in the middle of a working Municipal Plant Nursery. One gains access through a vehicular gate located hig up in Montjuïc and must follow a winding path leading through several terraces dedicated to holding planting materials, ready for use by the Parcs and Gardens Department.

A few terraces up from the entrances, there is a small strip full of detail: in front of a cherry tree - Petra Kelly's favorite tree- there is a small terracotta sphere with a female figure embracing it, placed here on Earth Day in 1993, in homage to the German ecologist.
There is also a small stone monument dedicated to Joseph Beuys, right next to one of the most valued trees in the nursery, due to its age and rarity: a Honey-myrtle Melaleuca nesophila nearly 500 years old.

The plant nursery is a contemporary design from 1989 by the Architects Enric Batlle and Joan Roig and was conceived as an extension to an older plant nursey, the Viver de Tres Pins. Built to supply the city of Barcelona with planting material for the Universal Exposition in 1929, it is now the last remaining one of its kind in the city.

See also  Enric Batlle and Joan Roig  Petra Kelly  Joseph Beuys  Melaleuca nesophila  Tres Pins Nursery

Jardins de Petra Kelly, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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