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Located just 3 km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of
calm and beauty, and entry is free.
A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic
wrought iron glasshouses.
NEWS FROM THE GARDENS
Sculpture in Context 2015
Thursday 3rd September
The National Botanic Gardens is delighted to host the annual Sculpture In Context
exhibition, now in its fourteenth year at the gardens from Thursday 3rd September
to Friday 16th of October 2015.
Lecture and book launch by Eric Dempsey
Sculpture In Context is the largest outdoor Sculpture exhibition held in Ireland.
The sculptures are the work of over one hundred and fifty leading Irish and international
artists as well as many new artists with exciting new work.
The Sculptures are displayed throughout the gardens. Many pieces are featured in the
glasshouses and in the elegant gallery space of the Visitor Centre.
This year we have a special programme of Artist-led tours at 3pm every Saturday
during the exhibition.
Time: All day in the gardens abnd in the Visitor Centre
Don't Die in Autumn - A Life of Birds
Thursday 10th September
To coincide with the launch of Eric Dempsey’s new book, ‘Don’t Die In Autumn – a memoir’,
Eric will present a public talk on his life watching and enjoying Ireland’s rich and varied
birdlife. Using original stunning images of Ireland’s birds, Eric will present a relaxed,
entertaining and fun evening, bringing everyone on a journey of his discovery of birds at
an early age, from spending time in the Botanic Gardens to travelling the world in search of
rare and exotic species.
Born and bred in Finglas in north Dublin but now living in Wicklow, Eric is a team member of
the popular Mooney Goes Wild show on RTE radio.
Copies of ‘Don’t Die In Autumn’ will be on sale on the night.
Time: 8.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Saturday 12 September
Tolka Nights (tolkanights.com/) is a series of public
events happening in September in three distinct sites along the river Tolka. The final
evening - at the National Botanic Gardens - will be a symposium of presentations about
the Tolka, flooding, and work by other artists in response to similar themes.
Following these discussions, the audience will move outdoors for a closing sound event,
dispersed within the garden’s unique landscape set along the Tolka.
Time: 6-9 pm.
Please note that this event is free but tickets are required, visit
Eventbrite: Symposium and River Amp for tickets.