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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
Ecological Genetics Group: 61st Annual Meeting
April 4-6, 2017
The 61st Meeting of the
Ecological Genetics Group (EGG) will be held at the National Botanic
Gardens of Ireland between the 4th and 6th of April, 2017. This will be the first time that
EGG has been held outside the UK, and we look forward to welcoming them to Dublin.
Westonbirt Orchid Medal
The EGG conference gathers together researchers and practitioners interested in utilising
genetics to increase our understanding of ecology.
The keynote seminar will be presented by Prof Sean Graham (Department of Botany at the University
of British Columbia), and Prof Ian Montgomery (Queen’s University Belfast) will present an
overview of our knowledge of the effects of the glaciation on the flora and fauna of Ireland.
February 23, 2017
Glasshouse Foreman Brendan Sayers, has been awarded the RHS, Westonbirt Orchid Medal for 2017. The
Medal is awarded annually to an individual for any scientific, literary, or other
outstanding achievement in connection with orchids.
Sonder Ireland Palmhouse video
Brendan has dedicated a lifetime to the study, cultivation and conservation
of orchids, both Irish and tropical, and a worthy recipient of this award. He is the author
of a number of books in collaboration with artist Susan Sex.
In 2011, Brendan was the recipient of the H.H.Bloomer
Award from the Linnean Society of London
in recognition of the valuable contribution his books on
Ireland's Wild Orchids have made to biological knowledge.
September 21, 2016
Sonder Ireland have made a small video celebration of the Palmhouse. It is only from the air that the
full beauty of the Palmhouse is seen. We hope to persuade them to make more films of the Gardens to give us
all a different perspective on the more well known views.
Baobab in Bloom
Watch the video here . . .
Monday 5th September
Early autumn is the time when many of our tropical trees in the Palm House come into flower.
This year we have the Baobab producing its first proper crop of flowers. It has been growing for
thirteen years and is already one of the largest trees in the house.
Intriguingly this tree is bound up with the
Irish Patriot Sir Roger Casement who returned a fruit of this tree to Dublin after his expedition
to the Congo Free State...
Find out more . . . .