All of the landscaping tasks carried out at s´Hostal quarries are part of the
general intervention project known as Labyrinth of
the orchards, which has been gradually developed since it was designed in
1996. Initially the work involved plant clearing and
selective pruning and the creation of a path network which
highlights the labyrinth essence of the
quarries. Since the year 2000 several plant species have been
extensive landscaping work has been undertaken.
The aim of the work carried out at the quarries is
continuing the tradition of the farmer/quarry workers who grew their vegetables
and fruit trees in the excavated areas, since they were like small gorges and were
ideal for plants.
Líthica´s work on this garden can be summarized in
three basic lines of action:
Maintenance of the existing plant life
through minor intervention which acknowledges the balance between the remains of
the former orchards and the spontaneous colonization of nature. The work has been
very subtle in order to make the visit a light and pleasant walk, while
keeping the magic of the wild nature of the
quarries, with the idea of letting plant life take over and follow its own course.
Mediterranean tree species have been planted
in the upper area, due to its poor state of conservation and difficult conditions
for regeneration. On the inside area of the
old quarries fruit trees have been planted;
furthermore, grapevines and their traditional
growing methods have been recuperated, and a vegetable garden for species which have
traditionally been grown in Menorca will be created in the near future.
Further landscaping work has been done with a historical and cultural spirit (like
in the case of the Medieval garden); in
others, such as the Botanical tour, the aim
is to conserve the local flora species and to inform visitors about them.