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This is the News Blog of the National Botanic Gardens. We also run an Irish Botany News Blog, and a Research Projects Blog on our Science pages.

Be Plant Wise Campaign Launches

Be Plant Wise Campaign Launches

  The Be Plant Wise campaign is supported by the National Botanic Gardens, and was launched on Thursday the 8th March, 2012 by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The campaign highlights the actions gardeners can take to prevent...

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Name a new Tulip, and win a trip for two to Amsterdam

Name a new Tulip, and win a trip for two to Amsterdam

  Name a Tulip and win a trip for two to Amsterdam. The Get Ready For Spring Tulip Naming Competition The Dutch Embassy is running a competition to name a new cultivar of tulip specially bred by Jan Ligthart in honour of Ireland (right). The winner will have the...

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Irish Plant Scientist’s Association Meeting 2012

Irish Plant Scientist’s Association Meeting 2012

  We are pleased to announce that the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin and the Office of Public Works will be hosting the Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting (IPSAM) 2012. The conference will run from 2pm on Tuesday 3rd until after lunch on Thursday...

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Launch of The Praeger Centre

Launch of The Praeger Centre

  The Praeger Centre was launched at the National Botanic Gardens on Saturday morning during a visit by the Dublin Naturalists Field Club (DNFC), along with representatives of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club (BNFC)....

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H.H.Bloomer Award for Brendan Sayers

H.H.Bloomer Award for Brendan Sayers

The H. H. Bloomer Award is given by the Linnean Society of London each year. It was established in 1963 from a legacy by the amateur naturalist Harry Howard Bloomer, and is awarded to an amateur naturalist who has made an important contribution to biological...

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Queen Elizabeth visits Ireland

Queen Elizabeth visits Ireland

On the 18th May, HRH Queen Elizabeth was presented with a bouquet of flowers at Trinity College these comprised plants selected from the collections of the National Botanic Gardens, including Achillea 'Moonshine', Geranium 'Johnson's Blue' and Iris 'Langport Lord', as...

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Schefflera poomae – a new species from Thailand

Schefflera poomae – a new species from Thailand

The Gardens continue to be involved in the forefront of understanding global and national plant biodiversity. Each year about 2000 new species of plant are discovered and named. Last year, Matthew Jebb, along with his colleague Hajo Esser from Munich, described the...

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Abutilon pitcairnense – back from the brink

Abutilon pitcairnense – back from the brink

Noeleen Smyth published an article on Abutilon pitcairnense in Curtis’ Botanical Magazine, which included a portrait painted by botanical artist, Susan Sex (right). This species is teetering on the brink of extinction, but alive and well under the care of our...

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New Director of the National Botanic Gardens

New Director of the National Botanic Gardens

  Matthew Jebb has taken over the directorship of the National Botanic Gardens following the departure of Peter Wyse Jackson. Matthew has been Keeper of the Herbarium and Taxonomist (Ainmneoir Plandai) at the Gardens since 1998. Matthew gained his primary degree...

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Botanic Gardens wins gold for Darwin at Home at Bloom 2009

Botanic Gardens wins gold for Darwin at Home at Bloom 2009

2009 marks a double anniversary for Charles Darwin. Born 200 years ago, on the 12 February 1809 in Shrewsbury, England, his most famous book, The Origin of Species, was published 150 years ago on the 24 November 1859. To mark the occasion we constructed a part of Down...

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Ireland’s Wild Orchids – a field guide

Ireland’s Wild Orchids – a field guide

  Brendan Sayers (Foreman at the National Botanic Gardens) and the award-winning botanical artist Susan Sex, have recently completed their latest Irish Orchid book, a field guide to Ireland's Wild Orchids (cover at right). This richly illustrated book gives...

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Wollemi Pine cones at Glasnevin

Wollemi Pine cones at Glasnevin

One of the world's oldest and rarest trees, the Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis) has begun to produce male cones at the Gardens (right). Only discovered in 1994 in Australia this extraordinary tree has a fossil record stretching back 90 million years. A member of the...

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Mauge’s shelled slug

Mauge’s shelled slug

This burrowing slug, which grows up to 4 inches in length (6-12 cm) was discovered in the National Botanic Gardens Car Park in Septmeber 2008 by Slug expert Gery Holyoak. It was last seen in Ireland in 1931, and before that in 1892. They are rarely seen because they...

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Birds of Ireland: Facts, Folklore & History

Birds of Ireland: Facts, Folklore & History

Glynn Anderson, Guide & Information Officer at the National Botanic Gardens, has just published this book with The Collins Press. Lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed, the book is truly chomh breabhsánta le glasóg being packed with delightful vignettes of...

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Jade Vine flowers for the first time at Glasnevin

Jade Vine flowers for the first time at Glasnevin

The Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) is a native of the tropical forests of the Philippines. Its flowers are a luminous turquoise in color, and hang in bunches up to a metre in length. Each clawlike flower is about 8 cm long (right). In its native Philippines it...

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National Botanic Gardens Medal

National Botanic Gardens Medal

The National Botanic Gardens established a gold medal in 2007. The medal will be awarded, on an irregular basis, to those members of the Irish botanical community who have made a significant contribution to Irish Botany. Maura Scannell reminds everyone of the...

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Royal Botanic Gardens of Jordan

Royal Botanic Gardens of Jordan

A team from the National Botanic Gardens has recently returned from an 11 day trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Jordan. The purpose of the visit was to give assistance with planning at the gardens, and developing a long-term research strategy for vegetation...

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Grace Pasley R.I.P. (1956-2007)

Grace Pasley R.I.P. (1956-2007)

Grace Pasley has been the herbarium assistant and official photographer at the National Botanic Gardens for over 30 years. Grace was wonderful in many ways and well deserved her 'Amazing Grace' nickname. Her generosity and joie de vivre was known to many at the...

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National Botanic Gardens Medal

National Botanic Gardens Medal

  The National Botanic Gardens has been in existence for 212 year, and for the first time in its history it has established a gold medal (right). The medal will be awarded, on an irregular basis, to those members of the Irish botanical community who have made a...

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Gardens wins Gold at Bloom

Gardens wins Gold at Bloom

The Gardens' stand at the Bloom festival won a gold medal on Friday. The stand, entitled Cherishing Biodiversity, featured a wide array of endangered plants from home and abroad. The National Botanic Gardens plays a key role in biodiversity conservation in Ireland and...

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Giant Blooms in the Palm House

Giant Blooms in the Palm House

Pachira aquatica - the Provision Tree Pachira aquatica, the South American Provision Tree - each of the five petals is about 35 cm long This tree has proved to be one of our fastest Palm House plants, adding almost 4 metres to its height in the past 12 months. A...

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300th Birthday of Carl Linnaeus

300th Birthday of Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus, the man who named the human race – Homo sapiens – was born three hundred years ago on the 23rd May 1707. Strangely his family name derives from a Lime tree (Linden) growing on his father’s land – quite literally the name means Lime-man. At the time the...

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Joseph (Jody) Murray R.I.P. (1944-2006)

Joseph (Jody) Murray R.I.P. (1944-2006)

Friends and colleagues have been saddened by the sudden death of Jody Murray, Nursery Foreman, and gardener at the National Botanic Gardens since 20th May 1968. Jody had an encyclopaedic knowledge of virtually every plant he saw, he was a true gentleman and...

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Learning from Nature: Pest control in the glasshouses

Learning from Nature: Pest control in the glasshouses

The pitcher plants of south-east Asia (Nepenthes) are insect-eaters. They have modified leaves that trap insects by having slippery walls and an overhanging lip (see right). Insects are attracted to the pitcher by its bright colours and the nectar glands that cover...

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Halloween at Glasnevin

Halloween at Glasnevin

A busy programme of Halloween event was recently completed at the National Botanic Gardens. Highlights included a large display of pumpkins and seasonal produce created by the staff by the main entrance to the Gardens. Featured prominently in the Irish Times magazine,...

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International Plant Conservation Experts meet in Glasnevin

International Plant Conservation Experts meet in Glasnevin

It is estimated that up to 100,000 plants, representing more than one third of all the world's plant species, are currently threatened or face extinction in the wild. Botanic gardens worldwide, including the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, are playing a key...

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Botanic Gardens Expedition to Siberia

Botanic Gardens Expedition to Siberia

This week a four-person team from the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin returned to Dublin following the successful completion of a 17-day botanical expedition to Siberia. The expedition spent a week in the Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk regions of Siberia, travelling...

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30 nest boxes added to the gardens

30 nest boxes added to the gardens

For many garden birds the ability to survive and increase in numbers is not limited by food supply but by a lack of suitable nest sites. This is especially true when the old, dying and rotten trees, which contain most nest holes, are cut down and removed. Many of...

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Moringa – Africa’s Miracle tree

Moringa – Africa’s Miracle tree

Diarmuid Gavin launches Refugee Trust International's 'Miracle Tree' appeal     Tuesday February 20th 2006 Irish gardener and television personality Diarmuid Gavin (who originally studied at the College of Amenity Horticulture at the Gardens) helped to...

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DARWIN DAY 12th February 2006

DARWIN DAY 12th February 2006

Charles Darwin and the theory of Natural Selection The notion of evolution via genetic variation and natural selection, proposed by Charles Darwin, has become the central organizing principle in biology. Since the 1990s his birthday has been celebrated by public...

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Global Partnership for Plant Conservation

Global Partnership for Plant Conservation

Report on the Conference of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC) held at the National Botanic Gardens 22-25th October 2005 The National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin hosted the 1st international conference of the Global Partnership for Plant Conservation...

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Test post

Test post

A brief introductory paragraph, to summarise for the reader what will be discussed. To draw the reader into the rest of the article. It also has some good Google-indexable keywords at the start of the text about Rhododendrons and flowers and blooms and colour and...

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