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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.

Lecture and book launch by Eric Dempsey
Don't Die in Autumn - A Life of Birds
Thursday 10th September

To coincide with the launch of Eric Dempsey’s new book, ‘Don’t Die In Autumn – a memoir’, Eric will present a public talk on his life watching and enjoying Ireland’s rich and varied birdlife. Using original stunning images of Ireland’s birds, Eric will present a relaxed, entertaining and fun evening, bringing everyone on a journey of his discovery of birds at an early age, from spending time in the Botanic Gardens to travelling the world in search of rare and exotic species.
Born and bred in Finglas in north Dublin but now living in Wicklow, Eric is a team member of the popular Mooney Goes Wild show on RTE radio.

Copies of ‘Don’t Die In Autumn’ will be on sale on the night.
Time: 8.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Heritage Week Events
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 30th August

Guided Tour: Trees are our Heritage
Sunday 30th August

Join us to discover some of the amazing native and nonnative trees growing in the Gardens and find out some interesting facts about trees (from biodiversity to folklore to economic). This walk will be suitable for family groups.
Time: 3.00pm.
Meet at the Visitor Centre
The Viking House & Garden
Monday 24th- Sunday 30th August

Viking House and Garden at the National Botanic Gardens

The Viking House is open every afternoon from Monday 24th August during Heritage Week!
Come inside and find out what plant materials the first Dubliners used for building their homes, their crafts and food, and what they grew in their gardens.
Time: 2.30pm- 4.30pm Daily

Irish Roots - Walking through the Gardens Past
Saturday 29th August

Augustine Henry - Ireland's foremost plant hunter

Plant-hunters, botanists, poets, and philosophers have all been associated with the Gardens. Join us for this history-themed tour showcasing the rich heritage that is the National Botanic Gardens.
Time: 3.00pm.
Meet at the Education & Visitor Centre

Harvest (2015) - Video and artist Q&A
Thursday 27th August

Harvest by Martin Healy and Karl Burke

Harvest (2015) was shot in the National Botanic Gardens and follows a character as he attentively records the sound of plants as they are watered during the course of a morning. In the opening section of the film the leaves of a plant are wired with custom built contact microphones, which record the sound of the water in contact with the plants surface. The sound recorded from the surface of the plants is reintegrated into the narrative of the piece and becomes the dominant soundtrack in the final section, effectively allowing the viewer to listen to the sounds as the environment 'experiences' the sensation of the water.
All day from 12 to 4pm. The film will be on a continuous loop in the auditorium
Credits - Camera: Martin Healy; Sound: Karl Burke; Actor: Will Seery; Editing: Martin Healy
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