About the exhibition

 

 The exhibition is mounted on the 200 meters long wall down the slope going from the passports control toward the Duty Free area and the departure gates.

Spring in Israel is known for the intense flowering that carpets the landscape. This astonishingly colorful period seems all too brief, but actually, the local flora paints the landscape all year around. Yellow wheat shines in early summer, autumn is colored with red and orange pistachio falling leaves, and blooming throughout the summer are beautiful white, pink and purple oleander planted along the road side. As seasons change, so do the waves of color that illuminate the countryside. The stunning photographs in this exhibition display before you a wonderful variety of flora. These plants and flowers provide a myriad of colors and textures making up the dynamic scenery that is our countryside throughout the year.

Join us this wonderful journey. Explore the rich botanical diversity that can be found at the crossroads that meet in our tiny country. There are over 2,500 species, 2,300 of which are native Israeli plants and over 200 were brought here by man. More than 3,000 additional ornamental, agricultural and forestry plants flourish within our boundaries. This large diversity is quite rare in a territory the size of the State of Israel. The amazing variety of wild vegetation found in Israel is due to its geographic location; where Asia, Africa and Europe meet and two climate zones connect – the Mediterranean zone and the Sahara-Arabian desert. Furthermore, there are several local factors that create unique areas that provide special habitats for the growth of certain plants. It is also worth mentioning, that over the years climate changes have empowered some foreign wild plants to migrate naturally, take root and thrive in Israel.

Botanists define two major phyto-geographical regions in Israel. These areas are characterized by their flora and in fact correspond to the climate regions found in Israel: the Mediterranean zone and the Sahara-Arabian (desert) region. Beyond these two areas, there are other plants from other origins; namely Sudanian plants of East African of subtropical origin, and Irano-Turanian plants from the cold desert of Iran and Central Asia. We divided this exhibition into four chapters according to the origin of the plants: the Mediterranean, deserts, plants found exclusively in Israel and those brought by man from remote places.

The rich and diverse collection of plants and flowers found in Israel, symbolizes the eclectic ingathering of the Jewish people from exile to their homeland. Just like the human society, plant-life from various origins has flourished and creates a unique landscape.

This exhibition is based on BEAUTIFUL ISRAEL IN GREEN, an album published by The Council for a Beautiful Israel

A project of: The Council for a Beautiful Israel

 

Texts and Scientific Counsel: Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir, Head Scientists of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

 

Co-curators:Gilat Elkeslasi Nadivi, Vera Pilpoul, Orit Lutringer

 

Photographers: Eyal Bartov,Ori Fragman-Sapir,Mori Chen, Ayelet Noyfeld, Ilia Shalmayev, Lior Almagor

Graphic Design: DeboraSchwartz, Anat levy-Kivenson

Printing: The Print House

Professional escort: Arad Communications

 

All rights reserved. No part of this exhibition may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic, digital, optical, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise, without prior and written permission of the copyright owners.


Event photography: Eli Neeman