Israel FAM 2012
June 12th - 17th - 2012  

Saturday June 16th  
(Overnight, Tel Aviv)

This morning I was off again and excited to do so for we were to see two outstanding gardens…

‘The Ramat Hanadiv Memorial Gardens are an unusual example in landscape design in Israel. Professional designers and gardeners continually visit the gardens to learn and derive inspiration. Special horticulture and environmental projects at Ramat Hanadiv include Horticulture Therapy, Composting, Wastewater Treatment and a Tree Nursery. The Ramat Hanadiv Memorial Gardens comprise five theme gardens surrounding the crypt of Baron Edmond and Baroness Adelheid de Rothschild. The plant varieties and landscape design of the Amphitheatre, Cascade, Fragrance, Palm and Rose gardens lend each a unique character.’

‘The memorial gardens sprawl across approximately seven hectares (17.5 acres), surrounding the Baron and Baroness Rothschild's crypt. It is situated in the heart of Ramat Hanadiv, and its broad lawns, trees and colorful seasonal flowers are only some of the points of interest that attract many visitors to the gardens. The view from the gardens of the nearby town and villages are testimony to Baron Rothschild's consequential role in the establishment of the State of Israel: Zikhron Ya’acov, Binyamina and Givat Ada (and other villages) are named after the Baron and his family.’

I loved the placement of the crypt, hidden and out of the way but a very big part of the gardens just the same. I loved the tunnel to it as well, lit up by what look like hearts.

We enjoyed the visit so much and as usual were late in leaving and made later by the fact that they also wanted us to see the composting area and the chickens and goats. What fun that was.

It was a beautiful tranquil, serene spot and a fitting tribute to this couple who were much loved. Sad that they had not the chance to see it when completed. I also saw more drip irrigation here…it was fitting that just this week, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded the World Food Prize to Daniel Hillel. He helped to develop the principle of shifting from low frequency high volume irrigation to high frequency low volume irrigation, thus providing a better water distribution system directly to the plants as and when they need it.

Our second stop was the Bahai Gardens. Nothing can prepare you for this…pictures do not do justice as you must see this in person to fully appreciate the scope of this garden. 19 levels or terraces, all perfectly maintained, by it just so happens a Canadian. Darlene led us through this garden with such pride. She has been Head Director for 14 years now and cannot see herself anywhere else on earth. ‘It’s our gift to the people – if no one sees the garden it is of no value’ We were privileged to be taken through just the first nine terraces to the dome before having to leave.  ‘The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The geometry of the complex is built around the axis connecting it with the City of ‘Akko, which also has great historical and sacred significance for Bahá’ís. At its heart stands the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith. While different parts of the gardens offer a variety of experiences, they speak in a common language of graveled paths, hedges and flower beds groomed and nurtured by dedicated gardeners. The gardens frame panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea’ Fariborz Sahba was the architect who designed these gardens…he had just finished the Bahai Lotus Temple in Delhi…which I have also seen. He said of the gardens .. ‘The gardens surrounding the shrine, designed by Shoghi Effendi, have inspired me. They are simple, elegant and stylish, and they create a spiritual atmosphere. The contrast between the deep green of the cypress trees, the shining green of the grass and the hedge between them – is a perfect representation of green, which was the color of the Báb: He always wore green. The gardens bring the fragrances of the citrus and cypress trees of Shiraz, the wonderful geometry of the gardens of Kashmir, and the beauty of the English gardens. When one looks at them, one feels something special, even without knowing their history and their spiritual meaning.’

What a day! after this we wandered down into Haifa and sat in an outdoor café where we could enjoy our last lunch together and we could see the gardens going up the hill. The street had a lot of Templer built houses which were very interesting. And the meal? Wow, was it good, doesn’t it look great! After all the vegetarian dishes I had been eating I was hankering for a burger…and since this was an Arab café…

Sunday, June 17th - departure to Turkey for tour inspection – My Tour to Turkey is going to be set for April 2014 as well. Let me know if you are interested in seeing that one when ready for booking too!


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