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Launch of our free Audio Tours

Ingenious Ireland and the National Botanic Gardens have teamed up to bring you these three audio tours to the gardens. Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport under the Cultural Technology Grant Scheme 2010, the series of three self-guided audio tours can be dowloaded as podcasts, as a mobile phone app or purchased at the gardens in the form of an audio player with a compilation from the three tours (see below).

Download your podcasts here....
The Green Tour
explores our historic glasshouses - the Great Palm House and Richard Turner's Curvilinear range - and the remarkable and exotic plants they contain. Hear about the source of tea tree oil; Proteus and plate tectonics; plants that eat sheep; a tree with no leaves; as well as the loneliest plant in the world and Irelandís banana crop
Take a preview of the green tour ...
The Red Tour
takes you to the river and back, and features wildlife, plant hunting and philosophy. Hear about the alphabet tree with many names; the golden age of plant collecting; a history of the world through the rose; Kingfishers and sparrowhawks; the soul of a plant; phenological plants and climate change and the search for the handkerchief tree.
Take a preview of the red tour ...
The Yellow Tour
is an easy-going walk around some of the gardenís historic highlights, it includes a brief history of the gardens; The story of Thomas Tickell's house; Thomas Mooreís Rose; Richard Turnerís Curvilinear range; The dinosaur tree; and a look at the herbarium and two of Ireland's greatest botanists.
Take a preview of the yellow tour ...

Smart Phone Apps have created a mobile phone app that is available for Android and Apple iPhones.

The apps are avaialble from the Ingenious Ireland pages of the GuidiGO website

Mary Mulvihill

It was with great regret we heard of the untimely death of Mary Mulvihill on 11th June 2015.

Mary founded Ingenious Ireland to channel her passion for Irelandís science heritage and to bring to life the stories she told in her books, talks, and walking tours around Dublin. In 2007 she made a series of programmes for RTE Radio 1 titled 'Washed, Dried and Pressed' about the work of the National Herbarium at the Botanic Gardens. The audio tours of the gardens sprang from Mary's passion to make science accessible to all. We remain ever grateful to Mary for the patience, schooling, infectious enthusiasm and skills she imparted to us in assembling the 30 stories in our walking tour app.
We also thank GuidiCO for helping us to carry on bringing these audio tours to future generations as a wonderful memorial to this sadly missed communicator of science.
Ingenious Ireland pages of the GuidiGO website

Or buy the souvenir player when you next visit the gardens....

The player is perfect for those seeking a self-accompanied guide, and comes preloaded with a compilation from all three of the audio tours, a printed map, a set of headphones and enough battery power for 4 or more listenings.

You can even buy an extra set of headphones and a dual adapter to allow two people to enjoy the tour together.

Souvenir player alone €5
With Souvenir guidebook (below) €10
Dual adapter and extra headphones €2