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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: 20th March 2013

The calendar to the right will help you navigate around the many events we have – if you hover your mouse over an orange date it will show you what events are on that day, and a further click will give you the full details.
As well as the full schedule, there are sections to show you details for:


Exhibitions

Sylva
18th June – 15th July

An exhibition to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of John Evelyn's Sylva – A Discourse on Forest Trees. It features remarkable drawings by Sarah Simblet from the New Sylva (Bloomsbury, 2014), a new book written by Gabriel Hemery that brings Evelyn's classic discourse up-to-date.
Daily in the Gallery space, Visitor Centre
Admission Free.

Lectures, Tours & Other Events

Sylva
18th June – 15th July

An exhibition to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the publication of John Evelyn's Sylva – A Discourse on Forest Trees. It features remarkable drawings by Sarah Simblet from the New Sylva (Bloomsbury, 2014), a new book written by Gabriel Hemery that brings Evelyn's classic discourse up-to-date.
Daily in the Gallery space, Visitor Centre
Conifer Walk & Talk
Sunday 22nd June

Glasnevin has an extensive collection of conifers, from native Yews to Giant Redwoods from North America. Come an join us for a walk and talk, exploring wonderful evergreens from every corner of the world. Learn the basics of conifer identification and a few stories about why they are special.
Time 2:30pm. No booking necessary.
Workshop: Bookbinding for kids
Saturday 28th June

Come along to this workshop and create your very own journal of magical plants. We will use simple Japanese hole binding to create a truly unique book that you can press and store your specimens in.
Time: 3.00pm Meet Visitor Centre
Cost: € 10. Booking Essential


Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Located in east County Wicklow, the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh is the centrepiece of an 18th century estate and is today famous for its conifers, rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants.
Kilmacurragh is located about 1 hours drive south of Dublin off the N11. For directions see map below.
Free Guided Tours will be held twice daily from April onwards until the middle of October at 12.00pm and 3.00pm.
Please check the website or locally for seasonally themed guided tours. Group tours should be pre-booked.
For all events, meet at the car park entrance to the Gardens.
Further information: 0404 48844

Guided Walk: Learn about Meadows
Saturdays in June and July

Join us for a walk through the meadows, where the guide will identify the variety of interesting plants that grow here. The old meadows have been redeveloped and regenerated in Kilmacurragh giving a unique opportunity to walk through the mown paths and discover the wealth of species that grow in them.
Time: 3.00 pm Admission Free.
From May onwards, children's explorer trails available. Self guided fun for all the family. Pick up your trail in the carpark.



Events for Children

Workshop: Bookbinding for kids
Saturday 28th June

Come along to this workshop and create your very own journal of magical plants. We will use simple Japanese hole binding to create a truly unique book that you can press and store your specimens in.
Time: 3.00pm Meet Visitor Centre
Cost: € 10. Booking Essential


Education workshops for schools

Special themed guided tours are available for primary and secondary school groups
  • Fascinating Plants - How do plants survive in the desert? What plants trap their own food? Why do trees have thorns? What's the fastest growing plant in the world? Find out the answers to these questions and view some amazing plants growing here in th
  • Learning the Links - exploring the interdependence between plants, animals and people.
  • Why do Trees have leaves? - Discover how amazing trees are - find out all about trees and how to tell an ash from an oak!
  • ‘Ireland’s Own’ Learn about the uses, mythology and identification of plants on your doorstep.
  • ‘Plants and Us’ – Learn all about plants and the role they play in our lives.


Sustainability workshops for second level.
Sustainability - What's That?

This workshop is designed for second level students, exploring and developing the principles of sustainability, biodiversity, plant conservations and the importance of plants in our lives. It includes presentations, tours and discussion. The education team at the National Botanic Gardens has developed this programme. It is cross-curricular in emphasis, covering aspects from the Geography, Science and CSPE curriculum. Workshop length two hours.
All education workshops must be booked in advance. For further details please phone 01 857 0909.
Extended programme also available in partnership with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun. All education workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.
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