Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens


The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens are located on the campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.  Plans for the gardens began in 1931, when Alexander Elg, chairman of the Botany Department at the university decided to create gardens featuring plants native to the area.

The Gardens were opened to the public in 1985, and they've expanded to include flora and fauna from all over the world.  The gardens feature sections of Australian plants, Mediterranean plants, African, and European plants.  There's also a Bonsai Japanese garden.   In addition, there's a tropical house, an herb garden, and a Bible patch, featuring 70 species of plants mentioned in the Bible.


If you visit, be sure to see the 2000-yer-old burial cave located on the grounds that was discovered in 1902.  The cave has the inscription, "Bones of Nicanor of Alexandria.

The gardens are open daily from 7:00 AM to sunset.  Admission is 20 ILS for children, and 35 ILS for adults.


12 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks beautiful. Would love to visit one day.

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  2. You just don't picture the Middle East as lush, but that garden sure is!

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    1. This is a nice garden. If you go further north, there's a Dan Nature Preserve that's also really lush (near the Jordan River).

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  3. A Bible patch - now that's creative.

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    1. It's certainly a fitting place for one.

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  4. An oasis of hope, me thinks.

    A peaceful Sunday, Sherry.

    Gary

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  5. jerusalem is on my list for someday. Now I've added to the list. Hey - you are in GA now - good luck with settling in and have fun with the new location. Wow - more power to you - this from someone who hasn't moved in 20 years. I put down roots!

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    1. I was surprised at how much I liked Israel. I was a little apprehensive about the trip at first, but I didn't feel like I was in any danger at any time.

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