Visiting the Gardens
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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
Festival of Curiosity events at the NBG
Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th July
For the last weekend of July we are running a Festival of Curiosity at the Gardens. As well as
self-guided tours for children, we have a Saturday guided tour and a day of 'Physics in the Gardens' on Sunday...
From Thursday 23rd July
Explore the many remarkable ways animals use plants for their survival. Pick up your
free trail at the Education & Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of
the natural world.
Guided Walk: Scent-sational - A story of perfume and pollinators
Saturday 25th July
A heady tour of the most fragrant summer flowers including a brief history of perfume,
from the rose to the oakmoss lichen, which is valued in perfumery as a fixative base.
Plants do not produce their scent just for our pleasure, but to entice pollinators and
give chemical warning signals. Join us and find out how plants use scent to exploit
animals to their advantage.
Physics in the Gardens
Time: 2.30pm. €5 per person.
Meet at the Education & Visitor Centre
Sunday 26th July
Physics Busking, is a national initiative to promote
awareness and engagement by the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and
mathematics. In partnership with the Institute of Physics and Dublin City University
they will be bringing fun for all the family to the Gardens.
Be amazed by demonstrations of Archimedes Law of Forces shown with a tug of war,
Bernoulli’s Law for Fluid Flow with giant windbags, Faraday’s Law of Induction
shown with a simple motor, vortex blower, musical straws, windmills and rockets and
much, much more.
Spend a couple of minutes and “Make n Take” a simple musical instrument and other toys.
You can download lots of science videos and booklets from www.scienceonstage.ie. For
further information see www.physicsbusking.ie
Time: 12.00 – 5.00pm