Bloomfield Garden, Jerusalem

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Bloomfield Garden, Jerusalem, 1977

Bloomfield Garden constitutes the rim of the visual basin around the old city of Jerusalem.

The landscaping policy around the old City, which Ulrik Plesner as City Architect was responsible for, defined the old city as a walled city surrounded by desert, and that all planting in the visual basin around the city walls should respect the nature and character of the native olive trees and their silver gray colors. This was applied in the Bloomfield Garden which is planted mostly with olive trees, rosemary, pampas grass and other silver gray plantings with no alien colored flowers or green grass. Functionally it was a long narrow walk along the edge of the valley. Recently, the city gardeners have not withstood the temptation to add popular multicolored flowers.