Visiting the Gardens
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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 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.
Heritage Week Events
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
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.
The Viking House & Garden
Meet at the Visitor Centre
Monday 24th- Sunday 30th August
The Viking House is open every afternoon from Monday 24th August during Heritage Week!
Irish Roots - Walking through the Gardens Past
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
Saturday 29th August
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.
Harvest (2015) - Video and artist Q&A
Meet at the Education & Visitor Centre
Thursday 27th August
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