The Iris Garden


Within the Memorial Gardens at Ramat Hanadiv, between the Palm Garden and the Rose Garden, lies a partly hidden, but rather unique garden: this is the Iris Garden
Visitors are invited to come enjoy the exquisite display here of splendidly coloured blossoms from mid-February till the end of March. These are Iris Oncocyclus (Iris hashoshan) — a group of plants in the Iris family whose flowers are counted among the most beautiful and impressive of all — and a few of them are native to Israel: the Gilboa iris (Iris haynei), the dark purple (coastal) iris (Iris atropurpurea), the Nazareth iris (Iris bismarckiana), and more.
Ramat Hanadiv’s Iris Garden is the product of many years’ research and study.
The late David Shahak, an expert iris  breeder, established and grew the collection. The largest sampling in the world of Oncocyclus irises, the garden enables the wider public to get to know this unique plant group and the efforts being invested in its conservation.
The Iris Garden, which boasts approximately 22 kinds of irises, is a collaboration: the Israel Nature and Parks Authority transfers iris seeds and rhizomes from disturbed habitats to Ramat Hanadiv. These plants are not easy to grow, and our success is the result of the dedicated work carried out by both the scientific and horticultural teams of Ramat Hanadiv.

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Accessible Trails

We have worked hard to make our buildings, infrastructure and service accessible to special sectors of the population so that everyone can enjoy an accessible and enjoyable visit to the Memorial Gardens and Nature Park.

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The Footprint Garden

The term ‘ecological footprint’ is taking shape in the western part of the Visitors Pavilion. A large gardening plot shaped like a foot lies in the middle of the area, with the heel pointing north, and the five toes, as one unit – to the south.

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Dining Here


To complete your Ramat Hanadiv experience, you are cordially invited to enjoy the culinary pleasures of Mata’im, the cafe-restaurant on our premises.

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