Beyond providing an oasis of beauty, the Gardens constitute a living laboratory of plants from all over the world. In this latter role, they serve three main industries:
a) The gardening sector
b) The forestry and urban tree landscaping sector
c) Nature organizations
The Gardens introduce and acclimatize: trees that produce beautiful foliage, flowers or fruits; shrubs and dwarf shrubs that can be used for groundcover and other purposes; bulbs and annual plants that can provide carpets of blooms at different times of the year; and other plant groups.
With Israel in the grip of a serious water shortage, the Gardens are always on the look-out for drought-resistant plants that can be grown in a sustainable environment. Successful species are added to the Agricultural Ministry's water-wise plant list, and recommended to growers and gardens.
Other groups of plants that are cultivated at the Gardens include:
o Endangered plants. Read more
o Plants of important botanical interest
o Wild plants with ornamental potential.
o Economic plants with potential for fields such as medicine and alternative energy
The Gardens house a large collection of Eucalyptus species.