The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is a gem in the heart of Jerusalem. It serves as an education, learning and research center, holds a diverse collection of plants from around the world which are displayed geographically and is a destination for tourism, recreation and cultural events. At around 30 acres, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is the largest in Israel. There are over 6,000 species and varieties of plants from around the world – Israel’s largest collection of live plants – displayed in 6 phyto-geographical sections – Southern Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, South-West and Central Asia and the Mediterranean. The sections simulate the landscapes of these areas and so there is always something blooming at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.
Its aim is to inspire and instill mindful custodianship of plant diversity within the environmental context as a basis for our physical and cultural existence. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens attracts people from all backgrounds for educational, scientific, cultural and recreational activities related to botany, horticulture, agriculture and environmental protection. The Gardens’ staff works to influence public policy in these fields.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens focuses its efforts in three areas:
The Garden works to protect endangered species and help shape public policy about conservation. Researchers at the JBG study these plants and propagate them for conservation as well as maintain working relationships with centers of botanical excellence in Israel and overseas.
The JBG maintains many plants of aesthetic, botanical and agricultural value. It is also a sanctuary garden for over 300 species of plants endangered in Israel. These are grown for conservation, display, teaching and even return to the wild. For example, Salvia bracteata and Peregrinating Bellflower (Campanula peregrina) were saved after they became extinct in the wild in Israel. Alongside the live collection, the JBG has a large seed collection which is used for propagating the plants in the Gardens and for distribution to other botanical gardens around the world as well as sanctuary gardens and back to the wild. The Gardens’ sections serve as controlled acclimatization grounds for many plants which are then distributed for use in agriculture, forestation and horticulture.
Knowledge and Education
At the JBG we extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge, train professional gardeners, and educate both children and adults about plants of the world, and of the Mediterranean in particular. We expose them to the richness and value of plants and their role in the physical and cultural development of humankind, as a prerequisite for a love of plants and inspiring them to horticultural excellence and protecting the environment.
Individual visitors, families and groups learn at the Gardens through independent or guided tours and enjoy recreational activities and cultural events revolving around botanical and artistic themes which are held at the Gardens year-round. The JBG runs a learning center with a variety of courses for the general public, students and professionals.
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On research, propagation and conservation
Tours and activities for all ages
At the JBG we use the medium of plants to enrich and build bridges between the diverse elements of our community. We reach out to people of all ages and all backgrounds and invite them to share in, experience and benefit from the beauty and tranquility of the Gardens and the varied and stimulating activities available.
This is a place of human encounter with nature, where people can connect with the plant world, and learn to appreciate and protect it. We believe that plants grow people and so there are various social and community programs at the Gardens – horticultural therapy, vocational rehabilitation, volunteers, horticultural interns from around the world, accessible tours, the garden club for pensioners, an educational farm and more. These activities are grouped under the umbrella of the Social Environmental Hub. The Hub also serves as a creative and supportive center for promoting environmental and sustainability issues by facilitating an interdisciplinary professional network of dozens of organizations and entrepreneurs operating in Jerusalem.
We invite you to experience nature, culture and beauty in the heart of the city!