A visit at one of the leading community gardens in Israel, which serves as a hub for all the 72 community gardens in Jerusalem. It is also a center for cultural and recreational activities and educational innovativeness for the city’s residents. The “Hilati” project, which serves thousands of residents, was founded and is run by volunteers. The garden is used for a variety of activities and features a 150-year-old reconstructed orchard, a wealth of fruit trees and grapevines, spice plants, vegetable beds, an old and rare ornamental pool, and ponds for fish and amphibians. There is also a demonstration facility where visitors can see how edible plants are grown on the roof of an ancient water cistern, a neighborhood composting facility, a tool lending library where residents can borrow tools, and a rehabilitative plant nursery.
During the hourlong tours, the people who work in the garden will recount how it was started and talk about the numerous projects they initiated there, including the restoration of an old ornamental pool, the rehabilitation of an ancient water cistern, activities for children using play equipment made of recycled wood, a solar shed, and more.