The eastern side of the garden is well shaded by a long boulevard of Ficus microcarpa trees. The densely planted trees provide shade for the visitors and reduce the noise and air pollution from the close-by Ayalon highway.

However, not everyone is happy - the shading is not good for the adjacent succulent collection. Cacti, Aloe and Agave plants are heliophilous (require direct sunlight), and therefore it is necessary to prune the over-long Ficus branches every few years. The pruning is done by an expert using a chain saw and a crane. 

The latest pruning of the Ficus trees was carried out in mid-July, and it's still possible to notice the places where branches had been sawn off. However, there is no need to worry - they will quickly be covered anew by the growth of new leaves.

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