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News and Stories from the National Botanic Gardens

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. 

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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