Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, Jerusalem

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The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is located in the neighborhood of Nayot in Jerusalem, on the southeastern edge of the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The garden is arranged in phytogeographic sections, featuring flora of various regions around the world. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens opened to the public in 1985. The tropical conservatory opened in 1986 and the South Africa section was planted in 1989. The Hank Greenspan Entrance Plaza, Dvorsky Visitors’ Center and restaurant were built in 1990.HistoryThe first plot of land was purchased on Mount Scopus in 1926. Plans for the National Botanic Garden of Israel were drawn up by Alexander Eig, chairman of the Botany Department of the Hebrew University, based on the flora of the Land of Israel from Mount Lebanon to the desert. Planting began in 1931. The botanical gardens on Mount Scopus were the first home of the Biblical Zoo. In 1948, in the Israeli War of Independence, access to Mount Scopus and the university campus was cut off.after the isolation of Mount Scopus from Israel in 1948, decided to create a new Botanical Garden on the campus university in Givat Ram in western Jerusalem. The new Botanical Garden was opened in 1954, soon after the establishment of Givat Ram campus.When an alternative campus was built in Givat Ram in 1954, a new botanical garden was planted near the Jewish National and University Library, including a unique collection of Coniferae. In 1962, a rocky hill in the southeastern corner of the campus was planted with conifers from North America. That year, Michael Avishai was appointed scientific director of the gardens. Many of the trees were raised from his private seed collection.
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  • half of the plants are dead. broken playgrounds. almost no shade, seems that no one took care of the place for a few years. construtions signs where there is no construction. construction with signs p...  more »
  • The JBG is beautifully designed but poorly maintained. Cracked pavements and unkempt flower beds are not typical of the best botanical gardens. Why should they be here? The enchanting design of this g...  more »
  • Amazing walk, great views and different attractions for kids along the way. Much more than what i expected. We even saw a small jackal while walking and we were confirmed that they actually live in th...  more »
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  • Amazing place with lots of different plants and trees. The is also a small waterfall and a lake. The area of the garden is enormous and beautiful!
  • The garden is beautiful throughout the year. Great special events during holiday weeks. Nicely placed identification of plants. And a garden store next to it where an amazing choice of plants and advice are available.
  • We have been members for two years now, and it's heartwarming to see that the Botanical gardens are nurtured and cherished. The children's complex called Discovery Path is amazing. Two problems: mosquitoes as in most of the city in recent years, and workers zipping around in golf cars - too fast, too "unaware" that little kids are about. But a lovely place otherwise.
  • Relaxing place. Read about the special activities that the garden offers. I like the kafit restaurant. She is not the best place to eat but very good and nice place to sit in.
  • Great atmosphere and friendly service. Moderately priced.

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