The origins of the bonsai collection in the Botanical Garden are to be found in the legacy that the Pere Duran i Farell family left to the Garden. An engineer, businessman and driving force behind the Garden, Pere Duran i Farell was also a renowned teacher in the world of bonsai. From the 1980s, when he became interested in this art, until his death in 1999, he developed and brought together a remarkable collection of around 108 Mediterranean bonsai species, 80 of them in the Garden Collection.
Since then, el Jardí Botànic de Barcelona (Barcelona Botanical Garden) has conserved and expanded this collection through acquisitions, other donations and recuperation to the point where it currently contains 342 exemplars. The display area in the Garden nurseries shows 36 of these plants, changed regularly according to the season and the needs of each plant. Some trees are exhibited alongside other plants that complement and enhance their beauty of the tree, imitating traditional setting designs used in Japan.
The collection is regularly visited by a Japanese bonsai master who gives technical advice, lays down guidelines and provides the finishing touch to the shaping of the trees. For the Botanical Garden pursues the goal of making this bonsai collection an international reference collection of Mediterranean species. The exhibition is open to the public at weekends from February to June, enabling visitors to appreciate this art, imported from Japan and adapted to the Mediterranean climate.
Entrance at the Botanical Graden ticket office: Carrer Dr. Font i Quer (on the corner with Passeig Olímpic), Montjuïc Park, 08038 Barcelona.
Place: Botanical Garden of Barcelona
Schedule: open throughout the year at weekends and holidays with this timetable:
- October to March, from 10.30 to 16.30 h
- April to September, from 10.30 to 18.30 h
Admission fee: admission to the bonsai exhibition is included in the ticket for the Botanical Garden
Visitors on Saturday (mornings from 10 to 14 h) can learn more at first-hand from Juanjo Pardo, the official curator of the Botanical Garden’s bonsai collection.
Further information: Tel. 93 256 41 60