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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
Lecture: Creating a botanic garden in the Sultanate of Oman
Dr. Darach Lupton
Wednesday 22nd February
The Sultanate of Oman, located in the southern fringes of the Arabian Peninsula is an ancient land infused with rich cultural traditions, diverse languages, breathtaking landscapes and a rich botanical heritage unsurpassed in the region. Oman sits at the crossroads of numerous plant migration routes.
For thousands of years plants from Iran, East Africa, India, Pakistan and the Mediterranean have migrated across Oman, many of these plants have found niches and habitats in which they established and flourished, often forming unique plant communities with high levels of species diversity and endemism. Much of this diversity has only been recently described, with new additions being added all the time.
The developing Oman Botanic Garden is endeavoring to collect, catalog, grow and showcase Oman's native plants in a state of the art botanic garden setting. Dr Darach Lupton has spent the last 6 years working as a botanist at the garden.
In this presentation he will take us on a journey across Oman's stunning landscapes, using his first hand experience to give us a taste of the unique, often curious plant life and challenges facing a project of this scope and ambition.
Sonder Ireland Palmhouse video
Time: 3.00pm in the Visitor Centre
September 21, 2016
Sonder Ireland have made a small video celebration of the Palmhouse. It is only from the air that the
full beauty of the Palmhouse is seen. We hope to persuade them to make more films of the Gardens to give us
all a different perspective on the more well known views.
Baobab in Bloom
Watch the video here . . .
Monday 5th September
Early autumn is the time when many of our tropical trees in the Palm House come into flower.
This year we have the Baobab producing its first proper crop of flowers. It has been growing for
thirteen years and is already one of the largest trees in the house.
Intriguingly this tree is bound up with the
Irish Patriot Sir Roger Casement who returned a fruit of this tree to Dublin after his expedition
to the Congo Free State...
Find out more . . . .