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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.

Decorated Pumpkin Competition 2014
October 12, 2014

This is the 6th year for the Pumpkin Competition. Bring your decorated pumpkin to the National Botanic Gardens, on Saturday 18th October 2014 between 10am and 5pm. Pumpkins should only be decorated on the external skin, we will not accept pumpkins which are cut into or carved, as they will decay rapidly. The exhibition will be on display in the teak house for one week only. Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative entry in each age category. Winners will be announced at a Prizegiving on Sunday 19th October 2013 at 3pm. Your pumpkin will be part of our Haloween exhibition until 31st October.
Download the entry form here.

Commemorative Plaque unveiled
October 12, 2014
Matilda Knowles (1864-1933), one of Ireland's greatest lichenologists worked for 30 years in Irelandís National Herbarium. It was fitting therefore that a commemorative plaque was unveiled on the Herbarium building today in the 150th year since her birth.
Born in Ballymena in 1864, Knowles moved to Dublin and began work in the National Museum in 1903. From 1923 until her death in 1933 she was effectively the curator of the herbarium in all but name.

Read more here...

Latest Events Programme
Saturday 4th October

Events Schedule 2014

Our latest schedule of events, listing 55 lectures, events, guided tours and exhibitions as well as Halloween and Christmas evits s now available at the gardens and here on the website...

Events schedule October 2013 to March 2015.

Sculpture in Context
Thursday 4th September to Friday 17th October

Sculpture in Context 2014

Sculpture in Context returns for its thirteenth year at the Gardens. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays, 10am to 6 pm at weekends. Free entry.

As well as numerous exhibits artound the Gardens, other more intricate items are on show in the upstairs Gallery of the Visitor Centre.

A Viking House and Garden
March 17, 2014

Building Blog

Construction of the Viking House has begun at the National Botanic Gardens. The house will be a faithful replica of similar buildings excavated at Wood Quay and Fishamble Street in the late 1980s. The house will represent a typical Dublin house and its associated garden of 1000 years ago. Eoin Donnelly has harvested oak, ash and hazel for the project, and will be overseeing the building works over the next 2 months.
Keep up to date with building progress over the next 3 weeks . . .
Watch progress of the build here (Daily updates!). . .
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