We spent a few beautiful days in downtown Jerusalem, touring the sites, visiting relatives and generally mingling with the huge throngs all crowding into Jerusalem for Pesach. (More of that in my next post).
One of the tours we took was with our son and his family to the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (the site is in Hebrew only), a veritable oasis of peace and serenity in the middle of the bustling city, and I wanted to share with you some of the lovely plants and flowers that we viewed there.
The gardens are laid out by “continent”, each area containing the plants that are native to that continent, with pretty paths winding from one region to another.
As you enter the gardens you are met with a serene “Swan Lake”. (The singular is apt because I only saw one swan!).
We continued to wend our way along the paths and found the “plants of the month”. (You can click to enlarge, and then you can see the plant names clearly).
The sun was shining so brightly that when I took this next photo I didn’t realise there was a boy jumping on the tree.
These flowers look like something out of a Dr. Seuss illustration:
We then proceeded to the less colourful but more interesting plants. These were to be found in the Biblical plants section.
Oy vey! Chametz!
And more chametz! Gevalt!
For heart problems…
Day of the Trifids-type flowers in the hothouse:
The last flowers we saw on our walk were calendula – or “cat’s claws” as they are called in Hebrew. I wish my own cat’s claws were so pretty!
And it was all finished off by a paddle in a little brook and a wander around the maze.
I hope you enjoyed my little virtual tour of the Botanical Gardens. Go and visit for yourselves. You’ll enjoy it!