Ev­ery­thing in the gar­den is lovely on award of 100th Is­raeli schol­ar­ship

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - BY JAY GRENBY

THE JNF-BACKED Friends of Jerusalem Botan­i­cal Gar­dens have awarded their 99th and 100th gar­den­ing schol­ar­ships to young Amer­i­cans James McGrath and Mark Mosin­ski.

Worth nearly £8,000 apiece, the grants en­able re­cip­i­ents to live and work for a min­i­mum six months at the Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, de­scribed as Jerusalem’s “hid­den oa­sis”.

Mr McGrath and Mr Mosin­ski are cur­rently on an in­tern­ship scheme at the fa­mous gar­dens at Great Dix­ter, East Sus­sex. They were rec­om­mended for the schol­ar­ships by a for­mer re­cip­i­ent, Aaron Ber­telsen, who now works at Great Dix­ter.

Brought up in New Zealand, he worked and stud­ied at the Botan­i­cal Gar­dens from 2003-5. As well as hon­ing his hor­ti­cul­tural skills, he also re­dis­cov­ered his Jewish roots. In recog­ni­tion of his ef­forts for the Friends of the JBG, he has been made a pa­tron.

The awards were pre­sented at the Lib­eral Jewish Syn­a­gogue, St Johns Wood, at an event rais­ing funds for the schol­ar­ship scheme.

JBG Friends chair­man Jose Dent com­mented: “Th­ese schol­ar­ships are cru­cial for the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the gar­dens. Many for­mer JBG schol­ar­ship win­ners de­vel­oped into lead­ing hor­ti­cul­tur­ists and main­tain a net­work which sup­ports the gar­dens.”

Schol­ar­ship win­ners Mark Mosin­ski and James McGrath

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