Technion Garden of Eden The Ecological Garden


so we’re gonna take a walk in our twenty dunam ecological garden and we have to emphasize is the ecological garden not a botanical garden in seven avez vision the founder of the garden saw humans as an integral part of the human nature system or what he called the cybernetic system where you cannot separate one from the other Zev nevere whose vision really drove the creation of the garden was absolutely a visionary he was saying things 30 40 years ago that now we’re treating as if it’s some kind of new science and what he was saying then was that we have to end the separation between the natural world and the human world and stop looking at those as two independent entities one of the first publications that I read on environmental education was a publication of seven event who was thinking already at the early 1980s about how to make people learn about the environment appreciate the environment and be active in their environment the emphasis of the garden is a teaching and research garden that is we want courses to come out we want students team that we want researchers to come out protect the pre-service teachers and we teach them how to teach in the outdoors in the ecological garden and we use it as a lab as every other lab they use at the Technion they identify plants and they experience how to teach students we bring students sometimes so they can have their own students to teach in the garden and they can experience and overcome many challenges the teachers have when they take their students out we’re in the middle of the sea of concrete and city right above one of Israel’s busiest industrial areas and this area’s you can hear is essentially quiet there’s bird life here there’s a place where you can come you can reflect you can relax for students who are all day in the classroom or researchers who spend their days inside their offices to come out here is a chance to just re interact a chance to rest a little bit recently we had to planting the tree ceremonies here one with the President of the Technion who planted in oak tree together with kids of the after-school clubs the other a few weeks later we planted the tree in the memory of his evening fail again another beautiful oak tree and all the people who appreciate is love this memory came to plant with us one of the great design features if we look from the perspective of landscape architecture of the garden is that it actually takes advantage of the topography and drains a lot of the flood runoff and also a lot of the water coming out of the air-conditioning units of buildings and it flows through here and we can take advantage of that flow to recreate wetland environments in this place which was actually no word at that time was just a place where chemical waste was dumped and one of the first areas that was cleaned in order to become part of the ecological garden was this area which is now upon the pond is very very beautiful and it’s one of the main attractions especially in the summertime one of the uniqueness of this garden is that it has an actual natural Mediterranean Creek and with flowing water during winter and just the natural waterfalls in boulders and the natural energy of Mount Carmel come into the ecological garden and suddenly you’re reminded at least with regard to the natural environment where you are you’re right in the middle of the Carmel region it’s a landscape that connects us biblically that connects us culturally that connects us back to the land and this is the same landscape where 2,000 years ago Eliyahu Hanavi why Elijah the Prophet walked these hills back then they’re the exact same environment that you can read about in the stories of the Torah and this connects us back to that not only to the natural world but to our own historical and cultural roots in this area you