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vert bar 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.

Ecological Genetics Group: 61st Annual Meeting
April 4-6, 2017

Ecological Genetics Group

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.
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.
Westonbirt Orchid Medal
February 23, 2017

Brendan Sayers, Glasshouse Foreman

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.
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.
Sonder Ireland Palmhouse video
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.
Watch the video here . . .
Baobab in Bloom
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...
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