Several botanical gardens located in and near Jerusalem display biblical plants in their native environments. Visitors can walk among these plants, including olive, fig and pomegranate trees, date palms and cedars, and see how the landscape of Israel looked during biblical times. Ranging from cultivated gardens to those with winding nature hiking trails, these biblical gardens near Jerusalem will acquaint visitors with the botanical landscapes of the Bible.
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Tisch Family Zoological Gardens
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, formerly the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, showcases native Israeli plants and animals, with a focus on species mentioned in the Bible. Located in the Malha neighbourhood of southwestern Jerusalem, the gardens showcase biblical plants alongside native and biblical animals. The 62-acre park is situated on the side of a valley, providing a panoramic view that encourages the visitor to imagine the biblical landscapes of Israel.
Tisch Family Zoological Gardens Jerusalem Biblical Zoo PO Box 898 Jerusalem, Israel 91008 +972-02-6750111 jerusalemzoo.org.il/len/
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
Located on the Givat Ram campus of Hebrew University, near the Knesset and Israel Museum, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens features plants from around the world. Hosting the largest collection of plants in Israel, the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens showcases biblical plants on the Bible Path. The Bible Path snakes through a wooded area and presents biblical staples, such as almond and fig trees, and tamarisk.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens Hebrew University, Givat Ram Campus Jerusalem, Israel 91904 972-2-6794012/13 botanic.co.il
A short drive from Ben Gurion airport between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Neot Kedumim presents hundreds of plants from the bible and Talmud. Alongside the impressive plant collection are reconstructed biblical structures associated with planting and agriculture. Neot Kedumim integrates study and conservation of biblical plants with anthropology, history and zoology, providing visitors with a sense of the biblical horticultural and botanical landscape.
Neot Kedumim +972-08-977-0777 neot-kedumim.org.il/public/
Just north of Binyamina, about 120 km northwest of Jerusalem, is the Ramat Hanadiv garden and nature park. The 1,100 acre park is a memorial to Baron Edmund de Rothschild, an early supporter of the Zionist movement. Ramat Hanadiv presents biblical plants in archaeological and historical contexts on numerous trails. Archaeological excavations in the nature park have exposed biblical era sites, which are now mingled with the biblical plants in the landscape.
Ramat Hanadiv PO Box 325 Zichron Yaacov Israel 30900 +972-04-6298111 ramat-hanadiv.co.il
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