New look for Knesset courtyard

January 16, 2016  

The Knesset requested to upgrade the appearance of its Weil Courtyard. From a number of submissions, the landscape architect Ran Meron won the competition to design the garden. The Professional Committee, under the leadership of Knesset director Ronen Plot, chose the winning design.

The project will be completed within the next few days and involves plants prepared in a manner to appear as a flowering tree. The flowers will change according to the season, while the tree trunk and branches will remain constant. The image symbolizes the diverse work the occurs within the walls of the Knesset and the strong base of work in the house of legislation.

The Knesset gardeners carried out the work without bringing in any outside help, which resulted in significant financial savings. The new landscaping project even fits well with the “Green Knesset” effort because the lawn, which was in the courtyard needed and large amounts of water, has been switched for flowers that only need a few drops at a time.

Plot says, “This year, we are able to celebrate the Knesset complex’s jubilee with a series of educational events and projects, including improving the appearance of the Knesset and the Knesset’s courtyard in a manner that encourages inspiration and creativity. I am happy and moved by the site of this fertile and beautiful work.”

The new landscaping for the Weil Courtyard will be officially unveiled this Tuesday with the presence of Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) and other MKs, as part of an “open house” in commemoration of the building’s birthday.

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