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The Rose Garden (Hebrew Gan HaVradim, fully Gan Wohl L'Vradim, "Wohl Rose Garden") is a is a public garden at the Knesset and Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem.
The Rose Garden was created in 1981. The garden has over 40 kinds of roses from around the world. The Knesset Menorah is also in the Rose Garden, opposite the Knesset.
Established in 1981, the Wohl Rose Park of Jerusalem covers an area of approximately 75 dunams (almost 20 acres) and contains some 15,000 rose bushes, representing 400 rose varieties. The park has expansive lawns, hills, quarries, an ornamental pond with aquatic plants and fish, a waterfall, rockeries, and sculptures.
The park is visited by tens of thousands of visitors every year, including a large number of tourists who come to enjoy the park’s uniqueness and beauty.
The park is a professional center for rose lovers from Israel and abroad and is maintained regularly by the Gardens Department of the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation.
In order to be considered as a candidate for the award, the park had to meet several criteria including the appearance of the park, the level of maintenance, the number of rose varieties grown, the rose-growing activities, accessibility to the community, and how well it is used.
The Wohl Rose Park of Jerusalem is one of eleven parks that received the prestigious award. The other winners are in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States (two parks).
For further details, please contact Lior Bar-On, director, or Dalit Kaslassi, rose curator, at the Wohl Rose Park of Jerusalem. Telephone: 02-563-7233.
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Rose Garden Jerusalem
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The Evolution of Rose Park
The landscaping of the rose park has a unique and very interesting history.
The park has been landscaped twice, by two different firms of landscape architects, with a thirty-year gap between them. Despite the changes in appearance and purpose (from the President's Park to a rose park), something of the character of the original park can still be seen today.
Previous names: The President's Park; Government Center Park.
Previous functions: Park intended for official ceremonies and special events.
Principal former landowners: The Prime Minister's Office and the Government Center (initially); ownership was subsequently transferred to the Ministry of Housing and the Public Works Department.
Target population: In the early years, the park was only used for Government Center functions. Admittance was restricted and various official government ceremonies were held there. It was only towards the end of the 1950s, thanks to public pressure, that the park was opened to the general public