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Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

What's new?

Join us on Sunday, 7 November 2021 at 1900 GMT for
'Panamanian Orchids - in the wild and in cultivation'
 an online lecture by James Miller, an alumnus of the JBG Horticultural Internship Scheme

There's something for everyone

Seeing the Invisible Art Exhibition
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The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology  premiered across 12 gardens in six countries simultaneously in September 2021.


Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

The first exhibition of its kind to be developed as a collaboration among botanical gardens around the world, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring.


As part of Seeing the Invisible, the Eden Project has developed accompanying educational programming for children, educators, and families available at every partner institution and online for viewers around the world. Seeing the Invisible will simultaneously premiere at: • Denver Botanic Gardens (Denver, Colorado, USA) • Eden Project (Cornwall, England) • Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (Jerusalem, Israel) • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Cape Town, South Africa) • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Sarasota, Florida, USA) • Massachusetts Horticultural Society (Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA) • Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario, Canada) • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland) • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne Gardens (Cranbourne, Australia) • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens (Melbourne, Australia) • San Diego Botanic Garden (San Diego, California, USA) • Tucson Botanical Gardens (Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Find out more on the Seeing the Invisible website


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. 
Buy your membership here or contact the office to arrange a gift membership.


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

If you missed the first lecture in our second series, 'Madagascar - a botanical paradise
and much more' 
by Dr Ori Fragman-Sapir,  you can buy a ticket to view it on catch-up here 


Volunteering opportunities

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.

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“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