The tree is the transitional 'pillar' of the garden: Its high canopy, striking silhouette, and welcome shade on scorching summer days make it the outstanding element in the landscape. The Memorial Gardens boast a lovely collection of venerable ornamental trees, carefully chosen and planted when the gardens were established in 1954. Interspersed among them are native trees of impressive proportions, such as the mastic (Pistacia atlantica), the terebinth (Pistacia palaestina), and the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum).
A stroll through the gardens, always a pleasure, provides visitors with a year-round opportunity to admire the dignity of these 'senior citizens': grand old trees, some with huge trunks, reaching dozens of meters towards the sky. In spring, summer and occasionally winter they're clothed in colourful blossoms; in autumn, their leaves are painted with the glorious tints of autumn; and every day, in every season, their great height and spread evince an ineffable sense of maturity, grace, and power.