The Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is a UK-based group with a world-wide membership who share an interest in plants, education, cultural tolerance and Israel. Established in 1980, the Friends’ primary focus is to support the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in all its endeavours, with an emphasis on education.
The Friends are particularly interested in raising the profile and awareness of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (JBG), and also raise funds to support particular projects including:
- the International Horticultural Internship Programme offering opportunities for qualified gardeners from all over the world to advance their practice and explore the multi-faceted aspects of life within Israel;
- the cross-cultural education of school age children in Jerusalem;
- the social action and environmental outreach programme which aims to engage disaffected and disadvantaged members of the community;
- Working Holidays for amateur and professional gardeners to experience the Botanical Gardens and Israel.
Internships have been awarded to 125 talented horticulturists from many different countries, giving them the opportunity to share their own special expertise with their Israeli counterparts. These internships can have a profound effect on the lives of the recipients. Many former interns now hold key positions in the botanical/horticultural world, becoming ambassadors of goodwill for the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Read about one intern's experience by clicking here.
The UK Friends of Jerusalem Botanical Gardens was established by gardening enthusiast, Mrs José Dent in 1980 and was chaired by her until her death early in 2015. The Friends of JBG are indebted to José for her energy and commitment. She worked tirelessly to raise awareness of, and funds for The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens.