What's going on
There's something for everyone
Every person has the chance to make a change for good — no matter how big or small. Whatever amount you can give, or time you are willing to dedicate, know that your contribution makes a difference in the lives of others. Your donation, together with those of our other supporters, brings us ever closer to our goals.
Are you looking to support Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens? Can't think what gift to buy a friend or relative? Consider an annual membership - it costs just £60 a year (£5 per month) for individuals and £100 a year for two people at the same address.
Your support is very important to us and we can assure you that it will have a major impact on what we can do.
Just contact the Friends' Office and let them know what sort of membership you would like
Garden visits and talks
Support the Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens by attending our talks and garden visits.
We’d love to share our discoveries with more people who enjoy plants and gardens.
At the moment we are only organising online events.
You can watch our first series of lectures free of charge, although a donation would be greatly appreciated.
To watch The Silk Road in Bloom by Dr Ori Fragman-Sapir, click here
To watch 21st century plant collecting and how it is used for conservation and horticultural improvement
by alumnus Jack McCoy, click here
To watch Autumn in the Eastern Mediterranean by Dr Ori Fragman-Sapir, click here
To watch The Outsider, Botanical Adventures – Europe by Hannah Gardner, click here
To watch A virtual tour of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens by Dr Ori Fragman-Sapir, click here
To watch Saving rare and endangered species by intern Omri Bachrach, click here
To watch Fungi are a gardener’s best friend; an overview of mycorrhizas by Dr Jill Kowal, click here
In October 2021, we will start our second winter series of online talks, beginning with a lecture about the plants of Madagascar. Make sure to sign up at the bottom of the page to be the first to hear about them.
Every other year, usually in March or early April, a group of volunteers goes to Jerusalem and works for a week to 10 days to support the small permanent gardening team. We stay in a centrally-placed hostel with shared accommodation. The volunteering work is tough and a lot of fun. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to postpone the working holidays until we know it's safe for everyone to travel again. Please contact us for more information.
If you can't spare that much time, there may be other volunteering opportunities available.
Email or phone us to find out more.
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies”
What We Do
The Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens invest in the future by supporting education initiatives at the JBG, including scholarship (internship) opportunities for horticulturalists from around the world; educational programmes for school-age children and the growth of the Hub for Urban Sustainability.
Please help us continue this important work by
becoming a Friend today.
How We Help
It starts with the will to make a difference
Plants, biodiversity and green spaces are crucial for people and the natural world.
Spending time in a garden is proven to be beneficial to our health and mental well-being.
The Friends supports the gardeners of the future, helping them gain the knowledge and
practical experience to help keep our planet green.
International Horticultural Scholarships
Discovering conservation and culture
Our long-established and successful scholarship (internship) programme offers different opportunities, each requiring a minimum stay of 6 months. Scholarships typically start in the autumn (fall) and interviews are usually held in May/June by VOIP. The successful applicant(s) receive a contribution towards flights, free accommodation and a living allowance. There have been over 130 scholars from all over the world.
When funds allow, the Friends also contribute towards cross-cultural educational initiatives for Jerusalem schoolchildren and support the growth of outreach activities run by the Hub for Urban Sustainability, based at the Gardens.
Encouraging the gardeners of the future
The Gardens are visited by thousands of schoolchildren every year. Understanding plants, our environment, science, conservation and each other are all important lessons. In the past the Friends have supported cross-cultural programmes to help Jewish and Muslim children learn with each other.
A dynamic, interactive Children's Discovery Trail opened in April 2016 to which the Friends contributed. By making it so much fun children don't realise they are learning, the new trail incorporates interactive experiences such as panning for ‘gold’, weighing natural products, exploring a mysterious root system and making up stories in the Lilliput garden.
Hub for Urban Sustainability
Making Jerusalem greener
The Botanical Gardens is home to the Hub, providing a dynamic meeting place for the many educators and activists whose shared passion is to make Jerusalem a greener and more sustainable city. Over 40 charities and organisations are involved, giving everyone the opportunity to develop and helping to take gardening to all parts of the city. This includes hundreds of kindergartens, where Hub volunteers are showing teachers and children how to grow food and flowers.
"Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them. You're always learning”