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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  • First, I would like to notice that I've been there four years ago with one 1.5-year old boy, and that was fun. Now (1) We could not pass to an entry via the construction side, and walked around more t...  more »
  • Food like salads were really great! Done Israeli style with lots of herbs and spices! The pastas were great also. The servings were huge! Great place to eat and go around the garden. Can be full at lu...  more »
  • We visited the garden during Pesach, and were pleasantly surprised: despite many visitors there was room for everyone. The weather was ideal and many of the trees were in bloom. We held a picnic on site using tables made available (not many, but hopefully there are other green areas and benches on which to rest). Very welcome adding playground at the top, you can see that they are trying to take care of them and exploit the potential of the place. Although on this occasion we entered for free, would return for a fee. Recommended camera to take good pictures of family! A nice place to relax and let the kids play outside!
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  • Very pretty surroundings, great for the kids to run around. If you can get there when the hot house is open, it's world class, I was just at Kew Gardens in London and this one rates right up there! The picture is from the restaurant looking out.
  • A small quite park in the middle of the city. Good for a quiet stroll. The coffee shop/restaurant by the lake is lovely place to sit and have a bite.
  • Neglected. Littered. Under nurtured. Lacks verity. Waste lying around. Flower greenhouses under construction. Over priced - 30 NIS/person. Don't go here!
  • It's great big a lot nature, lakes stores and stuff like that... Quit most of the time....
  • The botanical gardens offer a nice variety of plant life organized geographically based on their place of origin with interesting infromation interspersed throughout the gardens. It is a pleasant place, but unfortunately not well landscaped or taken care of. There are rusted fences, overgrown spots, dried out plants and a general feeling of neglect. The admission price is low and as such it is probably still worth a visit. Not a standout attraction in Jerusalem, but a quiet and pleasant place.

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