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Making a Garden in Jerusalem

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A view of the entry gate in September 2000. Photographs by Marianne Friedman, except as noted
Part of Jerusalem’s allure is purely visual….I study the birds and the oddly juxtaposed trees: pines and palms, lemon and eucalyptus, firs and figs blossom everywhere. Whether lacy or aromatic, they fill the courtyards, encircle each home, towering above the stones that turn rose, lavender, yellow, white and gray under the oscillating summer light.
Wendy Orange, Coming Home to Jerusalem

Traditional Mediterranean gardens have always fascinated me. When Marianne and Herb Friedman asked me to design a garden for their home in Jerusalem, I was excited about the possibilities. Jerusalem had a profound effect on me when I first visited the city in 1965, and I have never forgotten the experience. Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel said of Jerusalem, “no one can enter it and remain unchanged.” As I recalled the several trips made to Jerusalem with my family, I wondered what this new experience would bring.

The Friedmans live in California but spend part of the year in Israel visiting their son and his family. Several...

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