Daily Garden: Robin’s Israeli Garden

March 2, 2010

I have discovered the wonders of google translate to great effect…and I am translating all sorts of non-English sites to find and bring you daily gardens from the world over.  (365 days of daily gardens is not easy!!) (and I also now know the word ‘garden’ in three languages that I previously did not — it goes with my verbal collection of the the word beer in over 15 languages).

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I am fascinated by the fact that in Hebrew there are 4 words for garden and I am wondering if this is like the Eskimos with hundreds of words for snow?  Here is garden in Hebrew ….don’t ask me how to pronounce… but I would love to know the nuances of each if you happen to be Hebrew fluent.

  1. גִנָה
  2. גַן
  3. בּוּסתָן
  4. כֶּרֶם

Israel garden jerusalem ramat gan robin forman furman foreman

This garden in Ramat Gan belongs to garden designer Robin Forman who was born and raised in England.  He  studied garden design there, but now lives in Israel.

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If anything infuriates Foreman, it is the Israel government policy on water savings. “What you do now is to create fear and reluctance of any gardening subject,” he says. “Like a garden is a wasteful practice.”…”We need to educate the public to save water and not give up gardens, which are so important in warm and dry rather Israel”.   While I am not up on water restrictions in Jerusalem, I am interested to hear that the restrictions there are having the effect of discouraging gardens.

Israel garden jerusalem ramat gan robin forman furman foreman

All images from here.

This garden is particularly water wise and Forman has even gone so far as to replace the grass with astro turf, something he also advocates for many of his clients.  It certainly seems like a lush beautiful place to relax — far different from the visions I otherwise have of Israel (a place I have never been) that I get on the nightly news.

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  1. I was just in Israel a few weeks ago and the guide we had said most don’t garden because the fruits and vegetables are so plentiful and accessible there — and that water is a precious commodity. Israel was much more lush than I ever expected, then again it was winter (January).

    I haven’t been to Studio G in a while for a visit — I have a of of catching up to do.

  2. Helen says:

    This garden is so lush, I’d love to stroll through it. Hard to believe it’s water wise too. But I do believe it’s possible and most important too.

  3. Laura W says:

    Very nice. I’ve only been reading for a few weeks, but I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the great work.

  4. shirley hale says:

    lovely to see how your dream came true, Lovely work judging from the pics!

  5. rotem says:

    well, im here to help with the Hebrew words:)
    גִנָה: gina: garden
    גַן: gan: mostly use to describe a public garden
    בּוּסתָן: bustan: a garden with a few types of Israeli fruit trees
    כֶּרֶם: kerem: vinyard

    i love this blog, and following it from my google reader.


    • rochelle says:

      thanks Rotem! your comment made me wonder if other languages (besides english) have more words for ‘garden’ — kinda like how eskimos supposedly have lots of words for snow — do other more garden aware cultures have more specific words for gardens??? interesting thought to ponder…..

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