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Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
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Visitor center at the Botanic Garden in Givat Ram campus
Date opened 1926
Location Mount Scopus and Givat Ram, Jerusalem
Coordinates Coordinates: 31°46′01″N 35°12′04″E / 31.767°N 35.201°E / 31.767; 35.201

Jerusalem Botanical Gardens (JBG) are the national botanical gardens of Israel. The gardens are on the Hebrew University of Jerusalem campuses of Mount Scopus and Givat Ram. The first garden was established in 1926 at Mount Scopus. After 1948, when the university in Mount Scopus was occupied by Jordan, it was opened in a new site, in 1954, on the new campus university, in Givat Ram.

After the 1967 war, when Mount Scopus was reoccupied by Israel, the garden in Mount Scopus was opened again. The visitor center is in Givat Ram, next to Nayot neighborhood. One of the goals of the garden is to create a living gene bank to protect endangered plants in Israel and the region as a whole.

The garden's Japanese section contains over 150 bonsai trees, the largest concentrated collection of bonsai trees in the world. The 500-meter long "Bible Path" is planted with most of the 70 species that scientists have identified as some of the 400 types of plants mentioned in the Bible.

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