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June 2005 to July 2015

Festival of Curiosity events at the NBG
Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th July

For the last weekend of July we are running a Festival of Curiosity at the Gardens. As well as self-guided tours for children, we have a Saturday guided tour and a day of 'Physics in the Gardens' on Sunday...
Plant Partners
From Thursday 23rd July

Plant Partners Explore the many remarkable ways animals use plants for their survival. Pick up your free trail at the Education & Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the natural world.




Guided Walk: Scent-sational - A story of perfume and pollinators
Saturday 25th July

Scent-sational A heady tour of the most fragrant summer flowers including a brief history of perfume, from the rose to the oakmoss lichen, which is valued in perfumery as a fixative base. Plants do not produce their scent just for our pleasure, but to entice pollinators and give chemical warning signals. Join us and find out how plants use scent to exploit animals to their advantage.

Time: 2.30pm. €5 per person.
Meet at the Education & Visitor Centre
Physics in the Gardens
Sunday 26th July

Phsics in the Garden Physics Busking, is a national initiative to promote awareness and engagement by the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In partnership with the Institute of Physics and Dublin City University they will be bringing fun for all the family to the Gardens.
Be amazed by demonstrations of Archimedes Law of Forces shown with a tug of war, Bernoulli’s Law for Fluid Flow with giant windbags, Faraday’s Law of Induction shown with a simple motor, vortex blower, musical straws, windmills and rockets and much, much more.
Spend a couple of minutes and “Make n Take” a simple musical instrument and other toys. You can download lots of science videos and booklets from www.scienceonstage.ie. For further information see www.physicsbusking.ie
Time: 12.00 – 5.00pm
KBC Great Music in the National Botanic Gardens 2015
June 11, 2015

KBC Great Music in Irish Houses 2015 The annual KBC Great Music in Irish Houses programme takes place from June 9th – 14th. This year concerts will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats. The National Botanic Gardens will play host to a concert by the American Escher Quartet on Thursday 11th June 2015 at 8pm. Tickets from €20 to €30, see below.
The Gardens will also play host to a Residency Programme, sponsored by KBC, which will help young Irish ensemble players to hone their skills as chamber musicians, under the tutelage of leading musicians, will take place between the 9th and 13th June in the Lecture Theatre at the Gardens.

Book your seats here for the Escher Quartet on June 11 at 8pm.

Gairdíní na Lus - Television series on TG4
April 7, 2015

6-part TV series on TG4 TG4 are to rebroadcast the six-part series Gairdíní na Lus from Thursday 23 April 2015 at 20:00 and again from Friday 24 April 2015 at 14:30.
Made by Midas productions, with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the series explores behind the scenes at the Gardens, from the potting sheds to the herbarium and laboratories. You will be able to follow the work of the gardeners in the nurseries as well as in the public grounds. You will also discover the many roles the Gardens play across the country, exploring and safeguarding our flora.
You can get a taste of the programe from this youtube clip.
Andy Murray's Bonsai Display
Thursday 17th March to 27th April 2015

Bonsai Display

Once again Andrew Murray has brought his Bonsai collection to the gardens for the spring. This fantastic collection of nearly 100 trees is a delight to our visitors each year as the trees change rapidly with their fresh leaves, blossoms and seemingly ancient and gnarled trunks.

Daily in the Teak House.
Read more here...

Plant Palaces
Thursday 12th February to 28th February 2015

Interior of the Curvilinear Range by Roisin Murphy

An exhibition of watercolours and sketches by Roisin Murphy R.I.A.I. of the glasshouses of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, with particular attention to the work of the master iron founder Richard Turner (1798-1881). Turner was highly sought after for his works with wrought and cast iron and glass. He is responsible for the now iconic Curvilinear Range of glasshouses in Glasnevin as well as the glasshouses elsewhere. Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre in the upstairs Gallery of the Visitor Centre.
We have two great events to mark Science Week this Sunday, 9 November...

Exhibition – Exploring the Microcosm
November 9-30, 2014
A remarkable exhibition of micrographs A Visual Odyssey Into Invisible Worlds by Karl Gaff explores the richness, complexity and sheer beauty of places far beyond the limits of human vision. Explore treacherous mountain ranges on a single grain of pollen, probe the steep valleys, ridges and rolling hills on the petal of a flower, venture through jungles of high rising spikes emerging from the surface of a leaf, and much more!
Karl Gaff will give a lecture on Wednesday 12th November at 3pm to explain how he produced these amazing images, from sample collection at the Gardens to photographing these picturesque scenes.

Physics in the Gardens
November 9, 2014
To mark Science week (9-16 Nov) we are once again welcoming back the Institute of Physics and the Irish Science on Stage team. Demonstrations of Archimedes Law shown through tug of war, Bernoulli's Law with giant windbags, Faraday's Law of Induction shown with a simple motor, vortex blower, musical straws, windmills and rockets. Audience participation essential!
From Noon to 4pm

Commemorative Plaque unveiled
October 12, 2014
Matilda Knowles (1864-1933), one of Ireland's greatest lichenologists worked for 30 years in Ireland’s 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!). . .
Exhibition: Kilmacurragh – Through the artist’s eye
Friday 8th to Tuesday 26th August 2014

Kilmacurragh through the artist's eye

An exhibition showing the work of six leading artists who have been inspired by the gardens and plant collections of Kilmacurragh will be on show at the Visitor Centre for the next 3 weeks.
The exhibition commemorates the outbreak of the Great War, which had such a profound effect upon the Kilmacurragh Estate. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays, 10am to 6 pm at weekends. Free entry.

Speaking with Plants
and
Sylva
June 19 to July 20, 2014

UCD Science expressions

Dr. Niamh Shaw, a performer, scientist and engineer, is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity. She has collaborated with Prof Bruce Osborne of UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science to present 'Speaking with Plants' at the Gardens at 14:30 on Saturday 28th June. The event will highlight the importance of plants and encourage us all to recognize the close connection between our lives and the plants around us.
Other contributors to the discussion will include Thomas P. Shaw, Secretary of County Louth Beekeepers Association (Niamh’s green fingered Dad), Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens and horticulturist, garden writer and garden designer, Fionnuala Fallon the gardening correspondent for The Irish Times. The event is supported by INTEL and EuroScience. It is free, but you must register here to reserve seats.

Ceramics Ireland Members' Exhibition 2014
and
Sylva
June 19 to July 20, 2014

Michele Hannan Ceramic Ireland 2014

We have a joint exhibition for the next month, with Ceramics Ireland's annual members' exhibition and the Sylva exhibition.
Sylva features drawings by Sarah Simblet specially produced for the New Sylva, written by Gabriel Hemery. This beautiful volume celebrates John Evelyn's 350-year-old classic discourse. The exhibition has featured at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and the National Botanic Garden of Wales before coming to Dublin. Prints of the plates and the book are available for sale at the Visitor Centre.

Aibítir - a celebration of Irish Botanical Art
May 4, 2014

Eidhnean by Shevaun Doherty

The Irish Society of Botanical Artists are holding their inaugural exhibition at the Botanic Gardens The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art – Aibítir Éireannach i Ealaíon Luibheolaíoch from 2nd to the 25th May. Over 60 artists have produced paintings of native Irish plants based on the first letter of their Irish names with the eighteen letters of the Irish alphabet.

Read more here. . .

Win a Lego hamper by collecting Deadly Plants. . .
April 30, 2014

The National Botanic Gardens has teamed up with TRTE's elev8 and the RTÉ Guide for an online sticker album about plants called elev8’s Deadly Plants.
It’s a great way to introduce 7-11 year olds to plant life. Behind each sticker you will find fun facts on our most deadly plants! Collect all 48 deadly plant stickers by midnight on May 20th to be in with a chance to win a Massive Lego hamper.
There’s another rare sticker code for your elev8 Deadly Plants album, the code is WOODII. Get an ultra rare sticker, worth 200 coins, by using the code VOCALCORDS.
Redeem it here. . .

'Gro' comes to the Gardens
April 18, 2014

Viking Ship Gro

Today is the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, fought in the vicinity of the National Botanic Gardens in 1014. To celebrate we have been loaned the Viking boat 'Gro' built in 2006 at the Irish National Heritage Park by Danish shipwrights using traditional tools and methods.
Read more about the boat here . . .
Bonsai Display
March 10, 2014

Bonsai Display at the National Botanic Gardens

Once again Andrew Murray has brought his Bonsai collection to the gardens thsi spring. This fantastic collection of nearly 100 trees is a delight to our visitors each year as the trees change rapidly with their fresh leaves blossoms and seemingly ancient and gnarled trunks.
Read more . . .
RTÉ's Tracks and Trails
February 25, 2014

Tracks and Trails

The National Botanic Gardens features on RTÉ's popular Tracks and Trails this Friday night (28th February) at 7.30pm. Broadcaster Jim Sherwin chooses a walk starting at the Bull Wall in Clontarf in his native Dublin, where he travels along the coastal road before moving inland. He traverses the north side of the city to the Casino in Marino before travelling on to the National Botanic Gardens where he meets curator Paul Maher and others.
Gairdíní na Lus - Television series on TG4
February 10, 2014

6-part TV series on TG4

The final episode of Gairdíní na Lus is being broadcast on Tuesday 11 Feb at 8 pm on TG4, repeated Sunday at 9 pm. The previous episodes can be viewed on the TG4 player. Made by Midas productions, with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the series explores behind the scenes at the Gardens, from the potting sheds to the herbarium and laboratories. You will be able to follow the work of the gardeners behind the scenes in the nurseries as well as in the public grounds. You will also discover the many roles the Gardens play across the country, exploring and safeguarding our flora.
You can get a taste of the programe from this youtube clip.
Twelve new species of Pitcher Plants from the Philippines
December 14, 2013

The 12 new species of Nepenthes 
described from the Philippines in 2013
by botanists at the National Botanic Gardens

One of the roles of the National Botanic Gardens is taxonomic research into the Irish and world flora. Over the past year twelve new species of the carnivorous Pitcher Plants of the Philippines have been described by a staff member of the Gardens.
Read more about these species here . . .
Minister Brian Hayes launches latest volumes of the New Clare Island Survey
December 10, 2013

New Survey of Clare Island

The National Botanic Gardens has been involved with the Royal Irish Academy's project to re-survey Clare Island 100 years after the landmark work undertaken by Robert Lloyd Praeger. A previous Director, DOnal Synnott, and the current Director, Matthew Jebb, have each contributed a chapter to the latest Botany Volume, which was launched at the Gardens by Minister Brian Hayes.
Read more here . . .
The Herbarium Museum
27 May 2013

Botanical Museum at Glasnevin

The National Botanic Gardens holds a remarkable museum of plant products and artefacts. The museum was first assembled over a 100 years ago, and was transferred to the Botanic Gardens in 1970.
Ethnobotanist Ariane Factor, an intern working on the curation of the collections, has recently assembled over 100 of these objects, providing the first virtual glimpse of this collection.
View the museum here . . .
Graphic Art Studio Dublin present:
November 14, 2013
An exhibition of 100 aspects of the National Botanic Gardens, executed by 100 artists in limited editions of 100 prints. All the prints are for sale at the remarkable price of just €100.
Open Daily from 9.00am to 4.30pm (from 10am on Saturdays and Sundays). Free entry
Friday 15th November – Thursday 5th December

Decorated Pumpkin Competition
October 14, 2013
This is the 5th year for the Pumpkin Competition. Bring your decorated pumpkin to the National Botanic Gardens, on 19th October 2013 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. There will be a prizes awarded to the most imaginative entry in various age groups.
Download the entry form here.
Events for October to March 2014
4 October 2013

The Gardens has a number of events lined up for the autumn, including the Graphic Art Studio Exhibition opening on the 15th November.
A monthly lecture series on Wednesday afternoons entitled The birds and the bees will cover the sometimes extraordinary lives of birds, bees, bats, butterflies and flowers. In January we will begin a second series of fortnightly lectures on the Hidden treasures of the National Botanic Gardens. This will be an opportunity to hear about the collections and work done behind the scenes in the library, herbarium, museum and art collections of the Gardens.
View the full events schedule here . . .
Sculpture in Context 2013
13 September 2013

The exhibition features the work of 150 leading Irish and international artists The National Botanic Gardens is delighted to host the annual Sculpture In Context exhibition, now in its twelth year at the gardens from Thursday 5th September to Friday 18th of October. Sculpture In Context is the largest outdoor Sculpture exhibition held in Ireland. The sculptures are the work of over one hundred and fifty Irish and international artists. This year we have Saturday tours at 3pm with the artists, giving visitors a unique opportunity to gain an insight into some of Ireland’s most exciting contemporary art...
read more . . .
Flora of County Limerick
20 May 2013

Flora of County Limerick

The National Botanic Gardens is delighted to announce the arrival of the Flora of County Limerick. This is the first flora to the county, and covers the 1,100 native and alien flowering plants, ferns, fern-allies and conifers growing in the wild from the Shannon Estuary to the Galty mountains.
The Flora is the result of some thirty years of fieldwork and research by botanist Sylvia Reynolds, author of A catalogue of alien plants in Ireland (2002). This flora, and other publications, are available from the Botanic Gardens.
Buy this and other floras here . . .
Inauguration of ?What is Life?
28 April 2013

?What is Life? - a remarkable new 
sculpture by Charles Jencks celebrating 
Irish Science and the 60th anniversary 
of the discovery of the DNA double helix

Nobel laureate Jim Watson was guest of honour at the National Botanic Gardens on the 60th anniversary of his publication of the DNA double helix. He inaugurated a remarkable new sculpture by Charles Jencks celebrating Irish Science and the extraordinary new revelations made in the last 30 years about the novel roles of RNA in living organisms.
Read more here . . .
New Link between the National Botanic gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery
3 May 2013

Cemetery Link

History was made today when Mr. Brian Hayes, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) oversaw the breaching of the wall between the National Botanic Gardens and Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum. The event marks the commencement of construction of a pedestrian link between the two institutions, which will allow visitors a chance to enjoy the unique amenities each has to offer.
Read more here . . .
RTÉ's Secrets of the Irish Landscape
5 May 2013

Secrets of the Irish Landscape

Matthew Jebb and Colin Kelleher of the National Botanic Gardens will be appearing in the new RTÉ production, Secrets of the Irish Landscape, on Sunday nights (5, 12 & 19 May). Presented by Derek Mooney, the series tells the history of how the Irish landscape and its natural history developed.
Read more here . . .
James Joyce in tulips
Friday 3rd May 2013

James Joyce portrait in tulips

After one of the coldest springs for many years, Ireland’s very first tulip portrait has finally come into full bloom. The portrait was a joint project by the National Botanic Gardens, the Embassy of the Netherlands, the James Joyce Centre in Dublin with the support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Museums Trust, Beechill Bulbs from Co. Offaly, and Jac. Uittenbogaard & Zonen (JUB) from the Netherlands. Overseen by Jan Guldenmond, former landscape architect of the Keukenhof flower bulb fields in the Netherlands and his assistant Nol van Ruiten, the planting took three days to complete last November. website
Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting 2013
4 April 2013

Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting 2013

The 2013 Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting (IPSAM) will be held in the National University of Ireland Galway on May 16-17 2013. Submissions are invited from postdocs, PhD researchers and talented undergraduate students involved in Plant Science.
check the IPSAM2013 Website for further details
The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland
Wednesday 6 March 2013

The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Society of Irish Foresters has published a limited facsimile edition of Henry Elwes and Augustine Henry’s masterpiece The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland. The 8-volume facsimile was formally launched by Sir Henry Elwes, great-grandson of Henry John Elwes, and Dr. Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens ...
Read more here...
The DNA double Helix is 60 today
Thursday 28 February 2013

DNA is 60 years old

Sixty years ago today two young scientists in Cambridge University made the intellectual breakthrough that revealed the structure of the DNA molecule. Although it had been postulated that DNA was the most likely molecule of inheritance, its 3-dimensional structure had not been known. Jim Watson and Francis Crick made the breakthrough on a Saturday morning ...
Read more here...
A history of the Dutch bulb fields By Walter Jansen
25 April 2013

The Tulip fields of Holland

A lecture by Walter Jansen, Chairman of the Board of Directors the Keukenhof. The third lecture in a series organised by the Netherlands Embassy in cooperation with the National Botanic Gardens. Mr Jansen will speak about the history of these world famous flower bulb fields. These talks take place against the back-drop of a unique art project in Ireland: a tulip portrait of James Joyce in the National Botanic Gardens.
25 April 2013 at 3pm
Click here to register for the lecture
The Music of Nature
Saturday 13th April 2013

Music of Nature - Sheena Jolley Photography

A musical and visual experience in the National Botanic Gardens visitor centre by Sheena Jolley (Winner of The Irish Professional Photographers Association Best Wildlife Portfolio 2013) and Harpist and Singer Marina Cassidy. To be opened by Eoin McGonigal S.C., Chairman of the Irish Museum of Modern Art
13th April 2013: Reception 6.30 pm; Performance from 7pm to 9pm.
Booking essential. Please RSVP to sheenajolley@gmail.com
Tickets on door: €20 (Cash or cheques to Sheena Jolley Photography on the night) For Further information please tel: 086 0577456
www.sheenajolleyphotography.com
Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy conference
Saturday 16 March 2013

Freshwater Invasives – Networking for Strategy conference

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission (EIFAAC) is hosting an important conference in Galway in April 2013. The FINS conference will address key topics relating to freshwater invasive species and harmful aquatic pathogens.
Invited experts from around the globe will address the above themes, with ample time given to panel discussion. Synthesis sessions will aim to draw firm conclusions from the discussions and put forward concrete recommendations that will inform both national and international policy makers.
The conference will take place from the 9th to the 11th of April 2013 in the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, Galway.
See the FINS website for more information
Botany and Plant Science Career and Information Day
Monday 11 March 2013

Botany and Plant Science Career and Information Day

On Thursday 21st March we will be hosting an information day for any students considering studying Life Sciences at tertiary level. This will be the perfect opportunity for those considering a university degree, or career in plant sciences, to learn more. The day will allow you to hear first hand from botanists engaged in sustainable development, biodiversity, ecology, conservation, genetics and environmental monitoring about the potentials and opportunities in one of the most important careers for saving our planet.
Time: 2.00-5.00pm
Download a flyer here.
Sheep Eating Plant in bloom
Wednesday 20 January 2013

Puya chilensis

In the eastern end of the Curvilinear Range the electric-yellow flowers of Puya chilensis are begining to open. For the next few weeks this enormous plant will unfurl hundreds of flowers, each producing a spoonful of nectar a day. The plant has the remarkable feature of trapping birds and even sheep in its thorny leaves.
Read more here...
Why are there Giant eggs in the Gardens?
Tuesday 19 January 2013

Big Egg Hunt

Several giant eggs have appeared in the Gardens, and will be here until the 15th March. These are part of the biggest and most interactive Egg Hunt Ireland has ever seen. The hunt is being run by the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.
Each egg has been designed and crafted by a leading artist. There are a total of 100 eggs around Dublin, and there are prizes for finding 20 or more. The eggs can be bought in an online auction which will end a week after the 15th March. On-line bids can be made here.
Events at the National Botanic Gardens 2013
Monday 21st January 2013

1953 - 2013: Sixty years of the DNA double helix

April 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix. Little heed was paid to the discovery at the time, but today it is a word we hear almost every day - whether in solving a crime or finding horse meat where it shouldn't be! Today it is seen as one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century. DNA technology now dominates biology. Medicine, genetics, biochemistry, and even ecology and evolutionary biology now rely upon the use of DNA to answer questions. It has also allowed the development of totally new products and ideas, and whole industries are now devoted to DNA technology. Botanists at the Gardens are using DNA as a tool to understand the origins of the Irish flora, for the conservation of some of our rarest plants and as a way to improve yield of native tree species. Leading up to April we will have a series of wednesday afternoon talks explaining for a lay audience how DNA was discovered and how we use it to study plants.
Public Symposium: Current and Future Trends in Agricultural Food Production
Thursday 22nd November 2012

Institute of Biology of Ireland

How will we feed our grandchildren? must be the single most important question facing the world today. This timely symposium organised by the Institute of Biology of Ireland (Institúid Bitheolaíochta hÉireann) in collaboration with NCE-MSTL University of Limerick and the National Botanic Gardens, will take place in the Visitor Centre lecture room on Thursday, 22nd November 2012, at 8pm.
It will be an opportunity to hear an informed debate about the prospects for feeding our future world.


Visions of Splendour by Michael Dillon
Friday 16th November to Sunday 2nd December

Visions of Splendour by Michael Dillon, King Protea in the Curvilinear range

An exhibition of paintings celebrating the glasshouses and their plants by Michael Dillon will be on show in the Visitor Centre from the 16th November to 2nd December. Michael is best known for his decorative painting and mural work, these paintings will range from small plant portraits to very large vistas of the glasshouses and their collections. The exhibition will be a rare opportunity to own one of Michael's works to cover anything from 1 foot to 20 foot of wall space!



Calendar of Events
5th July 2012

Garden events July to December 2012

Our latest Calendar of events lists numerous exhibitions, lectures, workshops and other events. There are over 15 events for Children at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh. The ever popular Sculpture in Context exhibit takes place in September and October, and in December we will once again have a Christmas Flower Arranging lecture and demonstration. Some of the events, such as the art workshops, gardening courses and classes must be booked in advance due to high demand.

See here for further details...



Gairdín Pharthais
24th April 2012

Midas productions are filming a television 
series for TG4 regarding the work of the 
National Botanic Gardens to be called 'Paradise 
Garden'. You can follow our work during the year 
on a special facebook page they have started.

Léiriúcháin Midas ag scannánú sraith teilifíse le haghaidh Teilifís na Gaeilge maidir le hobair na Garraithe Náisiúnta na Lus a dtugtar 'Gairdín Pharthais'. Is féidir leat leanúint dár gcuid oibre le linn na bliana ar leathanach facebook speisialta siad a bheith tosaithe.



Be Plant Wise
Thursday 8th March 2012

Be Plant Wise

The problem of invasive plants is one of the greatest threats to Ireland's biodiversity. Gardeners have a special responsibility to take care that aquatic plants do not escape from our Gardens into the wild.

The Gardens have launched a special trail to raise awareness of the problem . . .

Fascination of Plants Day and Plant Conservation Day
18th May 2012

RuBisCO - the most common protein on Earth

May 18th this year is both Fascination of Plants Day and Plant Conservation Day. These days are celebrated globally to draw attention to the importance of plants in our everyday life, as well as why it is important to ensure their survival.
There will be a dispaly of five fascinating plant molecules as well as an 'Atomic Walk' to demonstrate how small and intircate some of these molecules are.
Tours will take place at 10.30am and 2pm and will last 1 hour.
Abutilon pitcairnense, a species that was 
saved from extinction by National 
Botanic Gardens botanist Noeleen Smyth
Saving plants can save the planet will be a guided walk highlighting the role of the Botanic Gardens in plant conservation. Tours will take place at 11am and 2.30pm and will last 1 hour.


Welcoming the bees back to the Botanic gardens
Saturday 14th April - Sunday 15th April 2012

Bee Keeping

Meet the beekeepers at this special weekend event in celebration of the welcome return of bees to the Botanic Gardens. As well as informative talks on the history of beekeeping, there will be an exhibition of live bees in an observation hive, a honey show, displays of beekeeping equipment, a children's art competition and a demonstration of how honey is extracted from the honeycomb. Further details: www.irishbeekeeping.ie
Times 10.00am - 5.00pm. daily

Read more about the weekend here . . .

Name a new Tulip, and win a trip for two to Amsterdam
February 22, 2012

Name this Tulip and Win a prize!

The Dutch Embassy is running a competition to name a new cultivar of tulip specially bred by Jan Ligthart in honour of Ireland (right). Entries must be sent to the to Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands before the 9th March. The Jury will be chaired by former President Mary McAleese, and the tulip will be officially named on the 29th March at the National Botanic Gardens. The winner will receive a trip to Amsterdam for two. Read more here . . .

Irish Plant Scientist’s Association Meeting 2012
Thursday 26th January 2012

IPSAM 2012

We are pleased to announce that the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin and the Office of Public Works will be hosting the Irish Plant Scientist’s Association Meeting (IPSAM) 2012. The conference will run from midday on Tuesday 3rd April to after lunch on Thursday 5th April 2012.

Read more here . . .

Gardening classes, botany classes and Workshops and Demonstrations... and Lecture programme
Monday 30th January 2012

Handkerchief tree

This spring we have a full program of Gardening and Botany classes as well as gardening workshops on growing vegetables, herbs, summer salads and bonsai. A special Tree Feast is planned for the 7th March Book early to avoid disappointment if you want to attend these populat events.

Read more here . . .
The Praeger Centre
November 19, 2011

Praeger Centre Launch

The Praeger Centre is the first Urban field studies centre to be developed in Dublin. The purchase of microscopes and library materials for the Centre was made possible by a generous grant from the Heritage Council under their Heritage Education, Community & Outreach Scheme 2011.

Read more here ...

Lecture –‘The Future of Botany’ A Personal Perspective
Thursday 26th January 2012

Irish Willow varieties

Dr Trevor Hodkinson has been a lecturer at Trinity College since 1997 and runs a busy research team at the Trinity Botany School. He is actively working to improve the quality of Irish timber and the productivity of exotic grasses as biomass crops. Trevor will talk about his work and travels around the world on Thursday 26th January 2012 at 8 pm in the Visitor Centre. Organised by the Irish Garden Plant Society.

Mary J. P. (Maura) Scannell (1924-2011) R.I.P.
November 2, 2011

Maura Scannell

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of Maura Scannell, former keeper of the National Herbarium and a central figure in Ireland’s botanical world for over 60 years. Maura died after a short illness in County Cork on Tuesday 1st November.
Read more here ...
Return of the Natives
15th September 2011

Inula crithmoides returns to Howth

In 2010 the Heritage Council awarded the National Botanic Gardens a grant to aid in the eradication of the Invasive alien Hottentot Fig in Ireland. We are delighted to report that the project is showing great promise a year on, with native plants returning to areas of Howth head that were treated last year ...
Read more here ...
Decorated Pumpkin Competition
November 19, 2011

Decorated Pumpkin 2010

Well done to everyone who contributed to the wonderful Decorated Pumpkin Display in the Conservatory. The standard was very high and we had an amazing assortment of imaginative entries. The display is very popular with visitors to the Gardens. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Under 7
1st ‘All Tangled Up’
.....by Olive Kellegher
2nd ‘Big Chef, Little Chef’
.....by Lucy and Liam Bermingham
3rd ‘Autumn Princess’
.....by Orla Quigley
7 to 11
1st ‘Mad Scientist’
.....by Senan Fagan
2nd ‘Penny for President’
.....by Keri, Senan, Ethan
3rd ‘Farmer Pumpkin’
.....by Hannah Tilly
Over 12’s
1st ‘Trolly Dolly’
.....by Ailbhe Conway
2nd ‘Witches Brew’
.....by Aisling Ryan
3rd ‘Dublin Supporter’
by Grant Brady & Thomas Rooney

Hallowe'en at the Gardens
October 23, 2011

Pumpkins 2011

The Hallowe'en Harvest Display is bigger and better than ever this year, and will be on display for a number of weeks for all to enjoy.
Children and adults can join the Witch and the Giant Spider in a seasonal outdoor art installation weaving the biggest spider web in Dublin. Find the Witch's camp for a trick or treat. There will also be an autumn trail and a cone tossing game to take part in. The annual Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition will also be on show.
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Sculpture in Context 2011
8th September 2011

Sculpture in Context 2011

The National Botanic Gardens is delighted to host the annual Sculpture In Context exhibition, now in its tenth year at the gardens from Thursday 8th September to Friday 21st of October.

Sculpture In Context is the largest outdoor Sculpture exhibition held in Ireland. The sculptures are the work of over one hundred and thirty leading Irish and international artists ...

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Summer Trail for children throughout July and August
2nd July 2011 onwards

Follow our Summer Trail..

Follow our free self guided trail around the gardens and discover lots of fun facts about plants. As a reward for completing your trail don't forget to collect your free seeds at the Visitor Centre.


A City and its Gardens – Photographic Exhibition
Saturday 20th August - 31st August

A City and its Gardens - Tommy Clancy

Tommy Clancy's photographic exhibition, A City and its Gardens celebrates the National Botanic Gardens, with images that take the beauty of the everyday to the level of the abstract and the imaginative. The exhibition marks the beginning of Heritage Week and will feature images of the Gardens and its relationship with the city and county.

Read more about the exhibition here . . .


Heritage Week at the National Botanic Gardens
20th - 28th August

June 24, 2011
The week leading up to Sunday 28th August will be packed with walks lectures, music and theatre this year. Join us for traditional music with one of the finest pipers in the country, Mick O’Brien, who will be joined by his family to play a lively seisiún outdoors in the gardens. Step back in time to the 1800s with Alive-O productions and meet two former directors of the National Botanic Gardens - find out what it was like to live and work in the gardens in the olden days. View local wood turner Kieran Reynolds as he demonstrates his craft and view some of the lovely pieces that he has turned with sustainably sourced wood.

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Plantsman's course
September 2011 to February 2012

Seamus O'Brien.. In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry

Seamus O'Brien, Head Gardener at Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens is giving a six month Plantsman's Course focusing on plant identification, cultivation, pests/diseases and the use of plants in garden design. The course will be held on Saturdays at Kilmacurragh, and will also include some visits to other gardens.
This is a six month course, dates: 24/09/11, 22/10, 19/11, 10/12, 14/01/12 and 11/02/12.
Time: 10am - 4pm Cost 120 euro - Proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust - advance booking essential as numbers are limited. Bookings by telephone: 0404 48844


PhD Studentship at the National Botanic Gardens
2nd July 2011

Flora Protection Order species density in County Mayo

A fully funded PhD studentship on Halting biodiversity loss through the identification and mapping of important areas of plant diversity is being offered through Teagasc’s Walsh Fellowship scheme, in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Teagasc and the National Botanic Gardens.
The project will describe and prioritise the biodiversity value of different areas within the 26 Irish counties, based on objective and transparent criteria that reflect a hierarchy of biodiversity importance. In this way, important areas of plant diversity within each county of the Irish countryside will be identified.
Closing Date 5th August 2011


Practical Herbal Techniques
Saturday July 16 2011

Practcal Herbal Techniques

The Institute of Medical Herbalists will be holding a free practical demonstration of the techniques used in topical treatments through the use of compresses, liniments and poultices - both hot and cold applications and much more.
Places are limited, and booking is essential, 4-6pm.
Click here for more information ....


Exhibition – Branching Out
Friday 1st July to Tuesday 2nd August

Irish Patchwork Exhibition

An exhibition by the Irish Patchwork Society celebrates 30 years of the society. A selection of quilts have been selected from the eight branches around the country. 'Branching Out' is an environmentally themed exhibition featuring floral and landscape themes.
Members of the society will demonstrate the art of Patchwork and quilting and will hold classes for children on Thursdays 11am - 1.00 pm, and for adults every Tuesday from 11am - 1.00 pm.


Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility
Friday 15th July

Sense and Sensibility

The Irish Association of Suicidology in conjunction with the National Botanic Gardens, are delighted to announce a magical night with renowned theatre company Chapterhouse who will perform an adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.
Join us for an evening of Regency wonderment, as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the excitingly decadent world of eighteenth-century society. This brand new adaptation of Jane Austen’s lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.

For tickets and information call 01-6674900 or book online at www.ias.ie
Booking Details:

Friday 15th July, 7.00pm at the National Botanic Gardens
All tickets €25
The Gardens will open from 6.00pm for ticket holders who are welcome to bring refreshments (picnics). Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating.
All tickets are non-refundable


Download your free Audio Tours today!
June 3, 2011
Our self-guided audio tours are now available on the iphone from iTunes, and from Android market place for other smartphones. The podcasts can also be downloaded from our webpage, or you can purchase a souvenir audio player with a compilation from all the three tours from the National Botanic Gardens visitor centre. The tours were produced in collaboration with Ingenious Ireland, and were funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport under the Cultural Technology Grant Scheme, 2010.
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H.H.Bloomer Award for Brendan Sayers
May 25, 2011
Brendan Sayers was the recipient of the 2011 H.H.Bloomer Award. This prestigious award from the Linnean Society of London is made to an amateur naturalist who has made an important contribution to biological knowledge

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Green Wood Chairs - A book talk
May 22, 2011
On Sunday May 22nd at 2pm, Alison Ospino will talk about her book 'Green Wood Chairs', describing the pleasures of working with unseasoned timbers such as hazel, ash and alder and explain how the green wood approach differs from working with inert, straight- edged planks which bear little resemblance to the trees they come from.

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Queen Elizabeth visits Ireland
May 18, 2011
During her visit to Ireland, HRH Queen Elizabeth the II received a bouquet of flowers at Trinity College that comprised flowers specially selected from the collections of the National Botanic Gardens.

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Transformations exhibition
May 8, 2011
In celebration of 2011, The Year of Craft, the National Botanic Gardens is proud to host ‘Transformations’, an exhibition by the West Cork Craft & Design Guild.
Wednesday May 4th until Sunday June 12th. Open daily in the Gallery Space of the Visitor Centre
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Senator David Norris launches Audio Tours
April 5, 2011
Plants that can eat sheep, a philosopher’s stone (seat) and the shrub that inspired Thomas Moore’s famous melody, ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ are some of the stories featured in three new audio tours and a smartphone app for the Gardens launched by one of Georgian Dublin's great champions - Senator David Norris.
Read the press release and photographs here ...

New Garden opening hours
March 7, 2011
PLEASE NOTE our new opening hours: from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, last admission 4.45pm, and from 10am to 6pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. The glasshouses will close 15 minutes before the gardens.

Gardens goes live on Google Streetview
March 2, 2011
You can now take a virtual tour around the National Botanic Gardens, including the inside of the Palm House on Google Streetview

Click here to go to Google Streetview of the Gardens, and lift the orange character onto the map to begin ...
Paintings and Drawings from Dar es Salaam
Thursday 31st March to Wedesday 27th April
This exhibition shows the range of work that has been produced by Ed Miliano in recent years. While living in Tanzania, Ed produced a large body of work featuring the beautiful Frangipani tree and the Indian house crow. Although both are alien invasives in Tanzania, he observes the impact each species has on the local environment. Ed returned to Dublin during the Summer of 2010 and has continued to work on the Dar es Salaam paintings.
Daily, in the Gallery Space, Education and Visitor Centre..
Conservation news from the Gardens
January 29, 2011
The first seedlings of Abutilon pitcairnense raised from seed pollinated at the National Botanic Gardens last year have come into flower. Noeleen Smyth published an article on the work of the Gardens in saving the species.

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Botany workshop – An Introduction to common Lichens
March 19, 2011
Howard Fox will be giving an introductory course on Lichens on Saturday 19 March. The 5 hour course will introduce you to the basics of lichen biology and identification, as well as showing how specimens are curated and used in the National Herbarium, and how to build up your own reference collection. Please note, numbers are limited so advance booking is essential. Proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust.
Time: 10am-3pm, 19 March 2011. Education and Visitor Centre

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The wood in the Trees
March 9, 2011
Colin Kelleher will give an introduction to how a tree works, the structure and function of wood and what the annual tree-rings tell us about the growth of a tree.
Time: 3.00pm. Education and Visitor Centre

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Schefflera poomae - a new species from Thailand
January 28, 2011
A new species has been described from Thailand by Glasnevin taxonomist Matthew Jebb.
Each year about 2000 new species of plant are described from around the world.

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New Events Schedule for 2011
January 30, 2011
Between now and June we have over 60 events at the gardens, from Exhibitions to Lectures, Art Events, activities for Children and Hands on workshops in Gardening and Botany.
We are offering ten Botanical or Gardening workshps this spring, but on each course numbers are limited so be sure to check the events schedule soon to see what you might like to try your hand at...
See the full schedule of events here ...

Lecture – Mixed Borders for all-year round interest.
February 19, 2011
Jimi Blake of Huntingbrook Garden, will be giving a talk on Wednesday 23rd February from 5.30pm in aid of Dublin Simon Community. Entry €5.
See further details here ...

National Botanic Gardens in the snow
December 10, 2010
The last fortnight of snow has turned the gardens into a fabulous spectacle, and photographers arrived in droves to capture the scene.

See more images here...

New Director of the National Botanic Gardens
September 1, 2010
Dr. Matthew Jebb MA, DPhil (Oxon) has been appointed, by the Office of Public Works, as the new Director of the National Botanic Gardens, and took up the post from the 1st September. A graduate of Oxford University and former researcher at Trinity College, Dr Jebb has lived for over 5 years in Papua New Guinea, and has been Keeper of the Herbarium and Taxonomist (Ainmneoir Plandai) at the National Botanic Gardens since 1998. He has represented Europe as a vice-president on the bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and is currently Chairman of PlantNetwork, the Plant Collections Network of Britain and Ireland. See here for more information on Matthew Jebb. . .

'Extinct Plant' flowers at Glasnevin
January 18, 2010
Abutilon pitcairnense was thought to be extinct until July 2002, when Pitcairn Islander Carol Warren discovered a single flowering specimen. Today through the work of Carol, and botanists from Trinity College and the National Botanic Gardens, the plant is now set to make a comeback . . .

Read more about it. . .


Christmas at the National Botanic Gardens 2010
November 29, 2010
Come and join us at the National Botanic Gardens on the 12th December for a number of Christmas events. Our Seasonal Market, where you can pick up goodies, treats, gifts and other Christmas fare, will kick off from 12 midday.
Santa is coming back to the gardens again this year, and you can visit him from 1.30pm. Make sure to get your free ticket for Santa, at the Visitor Centre desk on the day. We will have music from the Trinity Orchestra, throughout the day, from 2pm and you might have time before or after Santa, to listen to our Storyteller, commencing at 2pm and again at 3.30pm. The events are free and you can call for information on 01 857 0909.

Medicinal Botany in early 18th Century Dublin
Thursday 18th November
Drs Declan Doogue and PJ Walls, both active members of the Dublin Naturalists' Field Club, will talk about the work of Caleb Threlkeld, a doctor who lived in Dublin during the 18th Century and the use he made of herbs in his medical practise. He wrote the first Irish herbal 'Synopsis Stirpium Hibernicarum' which appeared in 1726.
Thursday 18th November at 8.00pm, Education and Visitor Centre
Organised by the Irish Garden Plant Society and the Dublin Naturalists' Field Club

A Year of Birds – a photographic journey
November 11, 2010
We are delighted to host this second exhibition of paintings by Michael O'Clery, illustrator for the recently published 'The Complete Field Guide to Ireland's Birds' with co-author Eric Dempsey. The exhition includes some original plates from this latest book, as well as other illustrations by Ireland's most accomplished bird artist..
Daily, Education and Visitor Centre, until 21st November.

Why save Bogs?
November 10, 2010
Tadhg O'Corcora, a Conservation and Fundraising Officer with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) will be giving a lecture a the Gardens on Wednesday the 10th November at 3pm titled 'Why Save Bogs'. Tadhg will talk about the importance of saving our bogs and how the IPCC Peatland Conservation Action Plan 2020 sets about trying to achieve this goal.
Time: 3.00pm, Education and Visitor Centre

Decorated Pumpkin Competition
October 3, 2010
This is the 2nd year for the Pumpkin Competition. Bring your decorated pumpkin to the Visitor Centre on Tuesday 26th October and be part of the Halloween exhibition of funky designs. 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 gardens for one week only. There will be a prize awarded to the most imaginative entry.

Sculpture in Context 2010
September 1, 2010
From now until the 15th October the Gardens will once again be hosting Sculpture In Context, the largest outdoor Sculpture exhibition held in Ireland. Over one hundred leading artists have contributed towards this, the 9th consecutive year that the Exhibition has been held at Glasnevin.

Fundraising Event for University of Talca Botanic Gardens
Saturday 2nd October, 2010
Over the last number of years the National Botanic Gardens has developed a close working relationship with the University of Talca Botanic Gardens, Chile. On the 27th February this year this new botanic garden was devastated by an earthquake. This resulted in the extensive damage to garden facilities, equipment and collections to the extent that the garden now struggles to survive. We are organising a fundraising day, which will consist of lectures on the 2008 expedition to Chile, workshops on plant propagation, a plant clinic, and behind the scenes tours of the National Botanic Gardens.
Saturday 2nd October Time: 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
Education and Visitor Centre. There will be a break of one hour for lunch (not included).
Cost €50.00 per person, Booking Essential.

Events for Heritage Week in the Gardens
August 17, 2010
This year the Gardens are celebrating heritage week with tours of our trees, lectures on Invasive Aliens, traditional Music, St. George's Brass Band and a wood turning demonstration. At our Kilmacurragh Garden we have tours of the restoration project on wild flower meadows.
See the events page for further information . . .

Sustainable Environment Fair 2010
May 17th, 2010
The annual Sustainable Environment Fair will be held on the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May from 10.30am to 5pm. Stalls will feature leading environmental organisations with information on conservation, fair trade and sustainable living. On Saturday there will be a guided walk at 3pm to celbrate the United Nations' International Day of Biodiversity, On Sunday we will be hosting a Farmer's Market . . .
See the programme of events here . . .
pre-2010 Archived stories...