Hibiscus Farm – The Guide


Hibiscus Farm

Hibiscus Farm guide starts with basics, and then we go to Kfar Warburg and join a tour at the farm. Let’s begin!

Map

Hibiscus Farm is located in Kfar Warburg, near Kiryat Malakhi.

The directions are quite simple. You take road #3 till Kfar Warburg. After entering the village, you continue straight till the roundabout. Then turn right, and after about one hundred meters, you will see Hibiscus Farm to your left.

And if Kfar Warburg sounds similar, that because there are additional Agrotourism attractions there, like the Buttercup Picking Festival.

Map of the area:

Opening Hours

To visit Hibiscus Farm, you have to join a tour. And to do that, you have to contact the owner, Yakov, either through the official Facebook page or by phone (050-436-9396).

Entrance Fee

During our visit the entrance fee was 30 NIS per person.

About

Here is a short video in Hebrew, where Yacov tells about the farm.

Hibiscus syriacus

Hibiscus syriacus is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is native to south-central and southeast China but widely introduced elsewhere, including much of Asia. It was given the epithet syriacus because it had been collected from gardens in Syria. Common names include the Korean rose (in South Korea), rose of Sharon (especially in North America), Syrian ketmia, shrub althea, rose mallow (in the United Kingdom). It is the national flower of South Korea and is mentioned in the South Korean national anthem.

Hibiscus syriacus has been grown as a garden shrub in Korea since time immemorial; its leaves were brewed into an herbal tea and its flowers eaten. Later on, it was introduced and grown in the gardens of Europe as early as the 16th century, though as late as 1629 John Parkinson thought it was tender and took great precautions with it, thinking it “would not suffer to be uncovered in the Wintertime, or yet abroad in the Garden, but kept in a large pot or tube in the house or in a warmer cellar, if you would have them to thrive.”

Source: Wikipedia

Hibiscus syriacus
Hibiscus syriacus

Hibiscus Farm has a collection of 700 different species. Out of those, about thirty are suitable for the Israeli climate.

Hibiscus Types
Hibiscus types

Hibiscus Farm Tour

We arrived on a Saturday morning and Yacov was already waiting for us.

Hibiscus farm in Israel
Hibiscus farm in Israel

Yacov likes to start the tour with hibiscus ice cream. That allows a smooth start since everybody is sitting and eating.

ice cream
Ice cream

After getting some background info, we headed to a small pond. An ancient Chinese tradition says that if fish eat your hibiscus flower, then your wish will come true.

At the pond
At the pond

And indeed, the fish were hungry that day.

Visiting Hibiscus farm in Israel
Hibiscus closeup
Hibiscus closeup

In Israel, many use Hibiscus as a fence. Another widespread usage is Hibiscus tea. But this plant is also widely used in medicine and cosmetics.

Hibiscus
Hibiscus

Then Yacov showed us how they perform hybridization. And showed different results of this process.

Hibiscus hybridization
Hibiscus hybridization
Hibiscus Farm

Maybe the father was red, and the mother was yellow?

Pagoda at Hibiscus Farm
Pagoda

Hibiscus is also used in some religions.

Here are several additional photos of flowers we saw.

Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Hibiscus Farm
Hibiscus

The first part of the tour took about an hour. And then we entered

The Presentation

Hibiscus Farm sells different produce. And if take a closer look, then you will see the name Gerda. Who was Gerda and how was the Hibiscus farm established?

Hibiscus liqueur
Hibiscus liqueur with the name Gerda

Like other Jews, Gerda fled from Europe when the war started. She ended in China and there met the hibiscus.

Gerda and her family
Gerda and her family

After the was she arrived to Kfar Warburg and this is how this farm started.

Kfar Warburg
Kfar Warburg

Then we saw a short movie about the growth process and the plant’s usage.

The movie at Hibiscus farm
The movie at Hibiscus farm
The movie at Hibiscus farm

Towards the end of the presentation (that lasted for another twenty minutes) Yacov showed us some of their products and invited us to the store.

The Store

At the store, you could taste some of the products. And in the end, I purchased hand cream (35 NIS), soap (20 NIS), tea (30 NIS), and jelly (30 NIS). And we were satisfied with all products.

The Store at Hibiscus farm
The Store at Hibiscus farm

An hour and a half after arriving at the farm we headed towards the exit. But I could not just leave. I had to take several additional photographs 😉

Hibiscus
Hibiscus
Hibiscus farm
Hibiscus farm
Hibiscus

Summary

We enjoyed our visit to Hibiscus Farm. And I would highly recommend it to anybody that loves flowers or agrotourism.

Note: if you love agrotourism, then check out the agrotourism category.

Have you ever been at Hibiscus Farm? Tell us in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

Stay Tuned!

   

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