An impressive landscaping project at the Knesset plaza is being completed ahead of the events marking the Knesset`s 67th birthday, which will be celebrated on Tu Bishvat with an open house at the parliament building. The events will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Knesset building in Jerusalem.
The Knesset requested to upgrade the appearance of its Weil Plaza. From a number of submissions, the landscape architect Ran Meron won the competition to design the garden. A professional committee headed by Knesset Director-General Ronen Plot chose the winning design.
As part of the project, the vegetation at Weil Plaza has been designed to appear like two flowering trees. The flowers will change according to the season, while the tree trunk and branches will remain constant. The image symbolizes the diverse work that is carried out within the walls of the Knesset and the strong base of work in the House of Representatives.
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” initiative because the courtyard`s lawn, which required large amounts of water, has been transformed into a flower garden that requires much less water.
”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,” Plot said. ”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 in the presence of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein (Likud) and other MKs, as part of an ”open house” in commemoration of the Knesset`s birthday.