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Dead Sea Ein Gedi Botanic Garden
Israel - Dead Sea
Institution Code: EINGE
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Ein Gedi garden is set in a kibbutz.
About the Dead Sea Ein Gedi Botanic Garden
Ein Gedi's multiple-prize-winning Botanical Garden in Ein Gedi kibbutz is the only botanical garden in the world that integrates the homes of residents of the surrounding community.
The landscape grounds of the Kibbutz were recognized officially in 1994 as an International Botanical Garden. It is the only international botanical garden to have a community resident in it, which is a tribute both to the gardening staff and to the population of Ein Gedi. In fact the development of the botanical garden and Kibbutz Ein Gedi are inseparable.
Over the years since that time, more than 900 species of plants from various regions of the world have been planted and flourished here. This was brought about through the vision, persistence and hard work of the founders and sons of the Kibbutz.
There are several prominent varieties of flora found in Ein Gedi, including:
* Date and ornamental palm - the leading motif (approx' 30 species).
* A wide range of desert plants from throughout the world.
* Tropical flora from various rain forest regions, grown with no exceptional cultivation techniques.
* Local species, such as the Sodom Apple, Moringa and Tamarisk.
* Unusual trees from various tropical regions throughout the world (several of which, in Israel, are only found in Ein Gedi).
* Species referred to an ancient Jewish texts (such as the Myrrh and the Frankincense) which were then associated with Ein Gedi.
* The Cactus Garden - A place to visit at the end of the tour through the Botanical Garden. It includes more than 1000 species and serves as a source for the several small cactus gardens throughout the Kibbutz.