This agency is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and management of Parks and Gardens of Benicalap , Monforte Garden , Ayora Garden , Turia Gardens : Header Park, stretch I, II , III , IV, V , VI , VII, VIII , IX , X, XI , XII , XIV and XVI, Albalat Garden , West Park , Boardwalk and Neptune , Historic Center Planters , Tram line 4 , Street Almazora and alignments , Palacio de Congresos Garden , Indoor Gardening Pau Ademúz , Beniferri garden , OrriolsPark , Polifilo Garden , Marchalenes Park , Marqués del Turia and Fernando el Católico big roads, Header Park , the Flowers Bridge Hesperides’ Garden, Professor Antonio Llombart garden , Garden Antonio Suárez 7 and 9 and indoor planters of municipal offices
Head School of Gardening and Landscaping
WHAT IS MAA?
The Outstanding Parks and Gardens Municipal Autonomous Agency and Municipal School of Gardens and Landscape, established dated on January 1, 2012, is the result of merging the Public Foundation of Outstanding Parks and Gardens and the Municipal School of Gardening and Landscape Foundation. These two foundations were created in 1984 following an initiative of the City of Valencia. The merger of the bothpoolsforces, holds the purposes which they were created for and improves its organizational structure.
In the Statutes of the new MAA (Municipal Autonomous Agency) are collected as main objectives the conservation, maintenance and management of gardens and parks attached to it, the promotion, development and promotion of the Municipal School of Gardening and Landscape, which in turn is intended to research, training, awareness and dissemination of the landscape’s knowledge, natural and made in their spontaneous formation or urban garden, led to the generality of citizens and especially schoolchildren, gardeners, educators and postgraduates. Therefore the knowledge, respect and esteem for the green spaces are important points between the values transmitted, pretending also be a source of information and training for both citizens and professionals of the ornamental sector.
Therefore, the Municipal Autonomous Agency’s functions are the maintenance, management, control and care of parks and gardens, the teachings of Gardening and caring for the Environment and other educational activities as may be Florist teachings through the Valencian Floral Art School also created in 1984 and also depending on the new autonomous Agency.
The formative work will go to the training and retraining of municipal gardeners templates, but also the training of all those interested in seeking its future in the areas of gardening and flower; develop a research and documentation service linked to the ornamental problematic showing the Mediterranean gardens constraintsand the most appropriate solutions; develop a work of social awareness, with the aim of involving different groups (schools, neighborhood associations, associations of housewives, cultural associations etc.) in the task of promoting, maintaining and preserving the green spaces and the environment.
THE VALENCIAN FLORAL ART SCHOOL’S HEADQUARTERS
To achieve these objectives the Autonomous Agency develops different types of activities, including lectures in schools, informative programs on different media (radio and television) courses for amateurs, professional courses (which allowthe Official Gardener and Official Florist degree), monographic courses and postgraduate courses. Some of these courses are conducted in collaboration with other agencies such as the University of Valencia, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia Provincial Council, Department of Education, Training and Employment, municipalities and professional associations.
In all taught Gardening coursesa great importance to the students’practical training is granted, for what is currently available 1,816,138 m2 of public gardens currently managed and maintained by the Autonomous Agency, which are simultaneously used as fields practices, so that students are integrated into the daily maintenance of the gardens.
Also important are the courses to fulfill a social purpose, such as courses for elderly and mentally disabled, mentally ill and groups with specific problems, which are taught in collaboration with other entities such as the Department of Education Training and Employment, Municipal Social Services or the Valencian Health Service. Activities are organized with associations such as the Friends of Plants and other not strictly related to gardening or florist, but the environment, such as Valencia Mycological Society or Valencian Geology Group.
The valencian floral art school’s headquarters
RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION
As for research and documentation, the MAA continues to have a specialized library in gardening, florist and landscape, consisting of 2,800 volumes of books and many other magazines, and a laboratory where students perform practices. In addition, there are several lines of research related to the problem of urban gardens in Mediterranean environments and to the use of ornamental flowers. Through the Naturia Center dissemination and environmental awareness are performed.
Both the Garden section and the Floral Art develop similar activities, organizing courses for amateurs, professionals, specialization, recycling, for elderly… The Gardening School imparts vocational training covering subjects such as botany, cultural practices in garden, garden design, knowledge of the ornamental flora, different styles of garden design, plant pathology and plant treatments, floriculture and ornamental production; with a theoretical and practical training that allows students to address their access to employment with a level of specialized training Gardener.
In order to offer the most comprehensive and applied training possible, the Valencian School of Floral Art permanently analyzes market trends and where appropriate integrates them into the training imparted to students without ever forgetting what this activity should be: the expression of a whole Art. For this imparts a multidisciplinary training covering both basic materials (technical and artistic drawing, art history …) and applied (materials and floral arrangements, floral Japanese ikebana-art, floriculture and ornamental production …), which allows students to address from classic works of traditional character, florist own lifetime, to more innovative works, reflecting the latest trends in the international professional world.
The Valencian School of Floral Art has done shows for professionals and the general public; its floral compositions ranging from the fields of hand and flowerbeds to a work shop windows and large spaces such as churches, fairs, gardens, palaces and other public buildings; it has attended various national and international competitions, where it has won numerous awards which reflect its high professional level.