The Community Garden, located in the grounds of Jerusalem’s Museum of Natural History, was established in 2005 by local volunteers from the German Colony and surrounding neighborhoods. The idea of a community garden arose in  direct response to threats posed by real estate development to the unique natural and historical features of the site. 

Over the years, volunteers have worked tirelessly to restore the historic terracing, ornamental pools and large water well. A flourishing garden has been cultivated and charming peaceful spaces carved out. Climbing equipment for children, all built by volunteers, make this community garden a welcome place for all.

The Garden has a wide variety of fruit and garden trees, vegetable beds, herbs and flowers. Horticultural models serve to provide guidance for visitors wishing to grow flowers and vegetables at home. The restored ornamental pool has an abundance of fish and water plants, and has attracted birds and frogs, including one species in danger of extinction.

More recently, the Garden has developed into a center for sustainability, culture, and leisure, combining a variety of initiatives and community activities encouraging ideals for sustainable living. Lectures and festivals for locals are held regularly at Café Ginati, our most recent addition, a meeting place for discussion, workshops, musical performances and theater for both adults and children. Inside the café a community library, as well as  a borrowing center for gardening and carpentry equipment, are further attractions.  

Finally, the Garden is also home to the non-profit Mashtela MehaLev, whose members run a rehab nursery and plant shop on the premises.

Whatever your age, we invite you to become part of our friendly and active community. Come and work with us every Thursday afternoon from 3pm in winter and 4pm in summer and enjoy a casual meal with our volunteers every two weeks after working in the Garden. No knowledge of gardening or agriculture is required.

All garden activities are supported by volunteer fundraising as well as donations.

The Community Garden is accessible throughout the week via the gate in the parking lot opposite 6 Hamagid Street.

For further information, please contact Amnon Herzig at amnon.herzig@gmail.com

A wonderful pool which was reconstructed by the gardens' volunteers