Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

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.

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Join us

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.


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.

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, we're restricted with the events we can organise.  We have just finished a series of online talks which will be made available to view on catch-up.  In October 2021, we will start our second winter series of online talks, beginning with a lecture about the plants of Madagascar.


Volunteering opportunities

Once a 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.  It's hard work and a lot of fun.   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to cancel our 2020 and 2021 working holidays.  We hope if the restrictions have lifted we will be volunteering in March 2022 for 12 nights when we will stay in a centrally-placed hostel with shared accommodations.  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”

Gertrude Jekyll

What We Do

Encouraging education

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.

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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.

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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.

If you would like to apply, contact the Friends' office for job descriptions and an application form.


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.     

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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”

Helen Mirren


Contact Us

The office is usually staffed Tuesday-Thursday inclusive from 0930-1730 hrs.

Friends of JBG

+44 (0)208 238 2779