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Every season is unique here at the Gardens and there is always something to see! You will soon be able to find information about what to see in the garden in every season on this website. While we work on that, you can explore the Gardens’ collections through our open online database, read about Plants of the Month, or why don’t you just come visit and discover our beautiful geographical sections [link] for yourself or take part in one of our organized activities?
Here are some highlights while we work on a seasonal guide:
You are invited to enjoy the meandering paths of the gardens and appreciate how the landscape changes as you move through the different geographical sections. Whether you like aloes from Africa or roses from Kurdistan, medicinal plants from the Mediterranean or Giant Taro from the tropics, there is something for everyone within the Gardens’ varied exhibits! Like a beautiful piece of living art, the Gardens provide an ever-changing canvas of colors, textures and fragrances as the months and seasons pass by. Something is always blooming somewhere in the Gardens. Walk along the shaded paths, or sit in one of many enchanted corners, and let the Gardens work their magic.
For those who would like a more structured visit, two audio guide tours are available at the ticket booth:
1. The Gardens’ Emeritus Scientific Director Dr Michael Avishai takes you through the Gardens, explaining points of interest, in Hebrew or in English.
2. A tour through the Bible Path, in Hebrew and in English.
The Bible Path opens a window on to the remarkable, and relatively little-known, symbolic role that plants play in the Scriptures. The audio guide offers a fascinating way to experience the gardens and the Scriptures.
From the very first pages of Genesis, nature infuses the Old Testament. The ancient Hebrews were agricultural people, living on and from the land. They were tuned into nature’s rhythms and the habits of the crops and plants around them. The Bible and its prophets therefore used botanical metaphors to convey moral and other messages in a language these people would have easily understood. Nature also furnished the props for miracles; a bush engulfed by fire that didn’t burn; the branch of an almond tree that produced buds, blossoms and fruits at the same time…
Families and children:
While our visitors of all ages are expected to respect our floral exhibits, and not to trample over the flower beds(!), the Gardens’ staff is constantly thinking of ways attract families with children and to give them a good time!
Ask for a Young Scientist’s Backpack with activities and a magnifying glass at the ticket desk
The Children’s Discovery Trail which opened in spring 2016 is a path through the central section of the gardens designed especially for children. Here they can look, touch, smell and play as they explore their way through the Gardens and the components that keep plants alive and growing.
The Savannah Grass Maze is harder than it looks! It is located in the Southern Africa section of the Gardens, made from a perennial grass that Africans use for thatching, mat-making and other functions, it challenges children to find a series of plants that are useful to humans.
** The maze is heavily pruned back at the end of May…but you can still learn about the plants within!