On the outskirts of Hadera, at Moshav Talmei Elazar, Ada Barak, an agronomist and former landscape architect, has established a unique tourist attraction - a carnivorous plant nursery. But, this isn’t a place you simply come to buy plants. Ada puts on an hour- and-half
Ada grows a number of species, including the largest of the carnivorous plants, the Nepenthes, which in the Amazon can reach tens of meters in length and can capture the largest prey, frogs and occasionally even birds. Here, out of its natural environment the plant does not reach the same size as in its natural habitat, the jungle.
Carnivorous plants are plants that attract and kill various life forms (both invertebrates and vertebrates). Once the prey has been captured the plants digest and absorb the nutrients. Carnivorous plants eat a variety of prey (depending on the species), including: ants, flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, and mosquito larvae, to name a few.
Each type of plant seems to have developed its own unique way of capturing prey. This might include a glue-like substance, special hairs, colored orbs or even a special sweet scent.
Somehow the notion of carnivorous plants sounds ominous, but the reality is that they can’t really hurt people. Actually - as is the case with many other species - it is humans who are harming these plants, which like other non-carnivorous plants are becoming extinct and suffering at the hands of pollution and the disappearance of their natural habitat.
In addition to the carnivorous plant presentation, there is also a petting area with angora rabbits, a mink etc. After the carnivorous plant show - there is also an option (for a small extra fee) for kids to pet a variety of reptiles, including iguanas, a python and other slithery creatures.
On the day I visited, a group of Russian immigrants, were also visiting. They were there with a tour guide who provided a simultaneous translation. They had so many questions that the formal presentation lasted much longer than expected.
On site there is also a very informal cafe and if you’d like to hold a special event such a birthday party on site that is also an option.
- Directions: Moshav Talmei Elazar is located on Route 65 three kilometers east of Hadera (near Kibbutz Gan Shmuel).
- Visiting Hours: During the week, the carnivorous plant presentation is typically only provided to groups of 15 or more. On Saturday there are two shows - families wishing to attend one of these shows, should call ahead for reservations.
- T: +972.4.637.3473
Reprinted with permission from Gems in Israel , a Travel and Events in Israel website