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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: November 3, 2017

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

Another Bite of the Cherry: Graphic Studio Dublin
Thursday 16th November - Wednesday 6th December

Graphic Studio Dublin is the oldest and largest printmaking studio in Ireland. Established in 1960, and funded by The Arts Council, since then GSD has consistently reached beyond its own shores. In “Another Bite of the Cherry”, more than fifty artists from Ireland, the UK, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Israel, New Zealand and Sweden will respond to the magnificence of the Gardens. Each artist will explore aspects of the Gardens in their individual style, be it portraits of particular flora or fauna, landscapes or vistas in the 19.5 hectares, the spectacular Great Palm House, Curvilinear Range of glasshouses, or abstract artistic impressions of biodiversity and the environment. Daily throughout the Gallery, Visitor Centre
Daily in the Gallery, Visitor Centre

Lectures, Tours & Other Events

Daily Guided Walk:
Autumn Colour
Daily throughout November

Autumn in the gardens is an incredible experience. Join us for a special guided tour through the autumn leaves savouring the seasonal colour and Vireya rhododendrons in the Glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm - €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm. - Free of charge
Free of Charge

Children's Event:
Drop by Activity in the Children’s Garden
Wednesday 1st and Friday 3rd November

Come along to the Children’s Garden and get creative this half term. Each day we will be making seasonal crafts which you can take home.
Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Partnering with the Dublin Book Festival this year we are delighted to host a panel discussion and a fun family event.
Dublin Book Festival

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
with Seán O’Súilleabháin
Thursday 2nd November

Join Seán for a fun-filled children’s talk exploring the best of our local wildlife and the seasonal changes that can be observed during the winter months. Flora and fauna were the inspiration for Seán’s debut book Wicklow Bound: A Seasonal Guide (Wordwell Books). Using illustration form the book and nature-themed activities, Seán will bring the wonder of our winter environment to life. A brilliant precursor to inform and enhance family walks in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.
Time: 12.00pm Booking: www.DublinBookFestival.com
Organised in conjunction with the Dublin Book Festival


Themed Guided Walk:
The Atomic Garden - Plants in the Space Age
Saturday 4th November

The mid-20th century saw an incredible expansion of science culminating in the discovery of the atom and mankind’s race to leave orbit. Since then new horizons have opened in both sci-fi and real science regarding the plant world. Come along on this guided walk to hear of botanical Triffids, how NASA grows lettuce in outer space, gardening with radiation, cyborg flora and the story of the Moon Trees.
Time: 2.30pm.
Cost: €5 per person
Meet in the Visitor Centre


PANEL DISCUSSION: Saving Ireland’s Nature and Natural Habitats
Zoë Devlin, Pádraic Fogarty and Richard Nairn in conversation with Ella Mc Sweeney
Sunday 5th November

Ireland boasts some of the most breath-taking natural beauty in the world but 21st-century living threatens to envelop it. The question remains: how are we affecting our surroundings and how can we save them? Join us for an afternoon of discussion on sustainable environmental development with some of our nation’s leading experts. Ecologist Pádraic Fogarty is editor of the magazine Irish Wildlife and author of Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature. Also passionate about our natural heritage is Zoë Devlin, author of Blooming Marvellous: A Wildflower Hunter’s Year. Environmental consultant Richard Nairn was the director of BirdWatch Ireland and his previous books include Wild and Ireland’s Coastline. His latest book is Dublin Bay – Nature and History. The conversation will be led by reporter Ella McSweeney, an Irish food and farming journalist with a particular interest in zoology.
Time: 2.30pm
Organised in conjunction with the Dublin Book Festival


Evening Lecture: The RHS Flagship Garden at Wisley: 100 years of Plants & People
Matthew Pottage
Wednesday 8th November

We are delighted to welcome Matthew Pottage, who was appointed to Wisley in 2016 at the age of 26, the youngest curator of an RHS Garden. The Whizz-Kid of Wisley.
Time: 8.00 pm in the Visitor Centre. Booking through RHSI Office essential.
Cost: RHSI Members €10.00 Student members €5.00 Non-Members €15.00, non-member students €10.00
Organised with the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland


Themed Guided Walk: Plant Hunters
Saturday 11th November

Our gardens and our landscape are full of plants collected from the wild by some of the great Botanists and Plant Hunters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many plants arrived in Ireland because these intrepid explorers travelled thousands of miles, sometimes enduring tremendous hardships, to find and collect the seeds and plant specimens. Learn some of their fascinating stories on this guided walk.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person

Children’s Workshops: Budding Artists (4 to 7 year olds)
Saturday 11th November

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10.
Booking Essential


Children’s Workshops: Hardy Annuals (8 to 12 year olds)
Saturday 11th November

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential


National Harp Day
Saturday 11th November

Celebrate the first ever National Harp Day at the National Botanic Gardens with harper Caitríona Rowsome and special guest harpers Aoife McGranaghan, Tierna Rowsome and Naoise Rowsome. This
Free event includes a harp recital and talk which centres around the life and compositions of Irish harpercomposer, Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738).
Time: 3.00pm, The Teak House

Science Week Lecture: Floral Fire in Iceland
Wednesday 15th November

Though Iceland consists of vast areas of sparse vegetation, it is home to a flora as diverse and beautiful as its furrowed landscapes. In ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ one encounters mossy volcanic deserts, sheer glacial valleys and roaring thermal vents. Gary Mentanko, from the National Botanic Gardens, looks at this rugged and expansive country whose plants, geology and history parallels Ireland in many respects.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre

Another Bite of the Cherry: Graphic Studio Dublin
Thursday 16th November –- Wednesday 6th December




Evening Lecture: Rob Brett, Curator of the RHS Garden at Hyde Hall, Essex
Rob Brett
Thursday 16th November

Rob Brett will talk about the collection at Hyde Hall and his journey there via Cambridge Botanic Garden and the Eden Project.
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society

Printmaking Demonstrations with Graphic Studio Dublin
Saturday 18th November


The mysteries of the printing processes used by artists of Graphic Studio Dublin will be revealed in a series of demonstrations at the NBG during their exhibition “Another Bite of the Cherry”. Join Clare Henderson to see how the flora, fauna and landscape of the NBG have inspired the artists and how they employ the ancient skills of copperplate etching and woodcut, as used by artists such as Rembrandt and Dü rer, to share their vision.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre

Lecture: Portraying Ireland’s Garden Plants
Charles Nelson
Saturday 18th November

Dr Charles Nelson, former taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens, is the author of numerous books, including An Irish Florilegium and An Irish Flower Garden Replanted. He was honoured by the Royal Horticultural Society with the Veitch Memorial Medal in 2015 and the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Gold Medal of Honour in 2016. He recently wrote the Foreword to Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta, a joint publication of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists (ISBA) and the Irish Garden Plant Society (IGPS). Nelson’s illustrated talk provides a historical context for the publication’s illustrations by outlining the rich heritage left by Irish botanical artists from the early eighteenth century to the present, which is sure to be of interest to garden enthusiasts and artists alike.
Time: 2.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Society of Botanical Artists

Themed Guided Walk: Plant Hunters
Saturday 18th November

Our gardens and our landscape are full of plants collected from the wild by some of the great Botanists and Plant Hunters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many plants arrived in Ireland because these intrepid explorers travelled thousands of miles, sometimes enduring tremendous hardships, to find and collect the seeds and plant specimens. Learn some of their fascinating stories on this guided walk.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person

GARDENING WORKSHOP: Introduction to Organic Gardening
Klaus Laitenberger
Wednesday 22nd November

Join Klaus Laitenberger, for presentations and practical demonstrations on seed sowing and soil evaluation, a question and answer session, and a walk through our amazing Organic Vegetable Garden. During this comprehensive workshop, Klaus will outline the basics of soil fertility management, propagation, crop planning and variety selection, as well as how to prevent pests, diseases and weeds organically.
Cost: €30 or Free to unemployed (limited places)
Booking at 0719640688, www.nots.ie or Email info@nots.ie
Organised with The National Organic Training Skillnet


Evening Lecture:
Leaving Certificate Biology Medals
Friday 24th November

See www.ibioli.net for more information.
Time: 6.30pm – 10.00pm. Visitor Centre
Organised with the Institute of Biology of Ireland

Children's Event:
Eco Crafts
Saturday 25th November

Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using bio-degradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can then be planted in your garden, in pots on your balcony or windowsill.
Time: 6-8yrs 11.00am – 12.00pm, 8yrs & over 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: €5. Booking Essential

Themed Guided Walk: Plant Hunters
Saturday 25th November

Our gardens and our landscape are full of plants collected from the wild by some of the great Botanists and Plant Hunters of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many plants arrived in Ireland because these intrepid explorers travelled thousands of miles, sometimes enduring tremendous hardships, to find and collect the seeds and plant specimens. Learn some of their fascinating stories on this guided walk.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person

Dublin Gallery Weekend
Saturday 25th November

The National Botanic Gardens are delighted to feature as an off-site venue for the Graphic Studio Gallery as part of the Dublin Gallery Weekend. Join us for a very special printmaking demonstration by the renowned Graphic Studio Dublin, where artist Jennifer Lane will demonstrate the age old method of handprinting original woodcut prints on a miniature press in the gallery space, all the while surrounded by their latest exhibition “Another Bite of the Cherry”.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre

Adult Event:
Eco Christmas Crafts
Sunday 26th November

Are you dreaming of a green Christmas? Make your own unique eco-conscious cards with bio-degradable, seed infused paper and reduce your waste this holiday season. Using recycled materials each card can then be planted in your garden, on your balcony or windowsill, to give a wonderful growing gift.
Time: 11.00am -1.00pm
Cost: €5. Booking Essential



Daily Guided Walks:
Seasonal Plants in the Gardens
Daily throughout December

Brighten up your December day with a guided tour of our seasonal plants looking their best at the moment including Holly and the wide range of conifer trees in the Gardens. Venture indoors to view the tropical rhododendrons and of course the poinsettia which look splendid in the glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm - €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm. - Free of charge
Free of charge

Printmaking Demonstrations with Graphic Studio Dublin
Saturday 2nd December

The mysteries of the printing processes used by artists of Graphic Studio Dublin will be revealed in a series of demonstrations at the NBG during their exhibition “Another Bite of the Cherry”. Join Siobhan Hyde to see how the flora, fauna and landscape of the NBG have inspired the artists and how they employ the ancient skills of copperplate etching and woodcut, as used by artists such as Rembrandt and Dürer, to share their vision.
Time: 3.00pm. Visitor Centre

Themed Guided Walk:
Christmas Plants
Saturday 2nd , 9th, 16th, 23rd December

Many plants play an important role in holiday traditions celebrating the season surrounding Christmas and the winter solstice. Join our guides to explore the history, myths and superstitions surrounding these Yuletide plants.
Time: 2.30pm Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person

Children's Event:Eco Crafts
Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using bio-degradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can then be planted in your garden, in pots on your balcony or windowsill.
Saturday 2nd December


Time: 6-8yrs 11.00am -12.00pm 8yrs & over 2.00pm-3.00pm
Cost: €5.
Booking Essential,/a>


Flower Arranging: Celebrate the Season
Wednesday 6th December

Come along to our perennially popular Flower Arranging Demonstration with two-time Chelsea Award Winner Karen Massey and pick up some great tips for decorating your home this Christmas. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with our beautiful arrangements and enjoy a glass of wine and mince pie at the pre-demonstration reception. Advance booking is essential.
Time: 7.00pm Wine Reception
Cost: €20 (includes wine reception)
Booking Form

Children’s Workshops: Budding Artists (4 to 7 year olds)
Saturday 9th December

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10.
Booking Essential


Children’s Workshops: Hardy Annuals (8 to 12 year olds)
Saturday 9th December

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential


Celebrating Christmas at Glasnevin
Santa, Christmas Craft Market, and much more.
Sunday 10th December

Santa is coming to the Botanic Gardens. Come and experience the magic of Christmas with a visit to Santa and his helpers. Savour the festive atmosphere as you listen to our live Choir and view our giant Christmas tree and handmade wreaths. Fill your goodie bag with locally handcrafted gifts from our Christmas Craft Market. This year the market will boast nearly 50 gorgeous stalls brimming with food and gift ideas.
Time: Visits to Santa run from 1.30pm.
Free tickets to visit Santa are available only on the day from the Visitor Centre 10 am onwards.


Christmas Market
Sunday 10th December

The Christmas Market is open all day.
Calling all prospective stall holders. If you are interested in displaying your handmade wares at the Christmas Craft Market, email us at botanicgardens@opw.ie


Daily Guided Walks:
Hidden January Blossoms
Daily throughout January

Discover some unanticipated winter colour as you stroll through the gardens with us. Experience the fragrant blossoms of the Daphne and the tropical rhododendrons in the glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm - €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm. - Free of charge
Cost: €5 per person

Themed Guided Walk:
Biophilia
Saturdays 6th and 13th January

It is believed that humans have evolved to have an instinctive bond with nature, one which our increasingly urbanised life threatens to disrupt. Ring in the New Year with a brisk stroll around the Gardens and learn about the effect that plants have on our physical and mental states as well as the social benefits this exposure brings to us.
Time: 2.30pm.
Meet in the Visitor Centre

Children's Workshops:
Budding Artists and Hardy Annuals
Saturday 13th January

Art workshops suitable for 4 to 7 year olds and 8 to 12 year olds. For further details see Children’s Events page


First Fortnight: Co-Motion – A Unique Musical Experience
Sunday 14th January

Often we find ourselves in a crowd, unable to connect with those around us because we are all cut off from the world by our headphones. But Co-Motion aims to use those headphones, and headphone splitters, to let music speak where words can fail. You’ll be randomly assigned a walking partner, with whom you’ll share your playlist of songs as you enjoy a stroll around the peaceful setting of The National Botanic Gardens.
Time: 2.00pm.
Meet in the Visitor Centre

Evening Lecture: Northern Greece - An Under-Watched Birders’ Paradise
Philip Clancy
Wednesday 17th January

Join Philip Clancy for an inspiring talk about the bird watching paradise of Northern Greece.
Organised with the Tolka Branch of BirdWatch Ireland
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre

Themed Guided Walk:
Plants that Changed the World
Saturday 20th January

It is said that the five plants that transformed the world are tea, potatoes, sugar, cotton and quinine. However, there are others which played just as important a role in the development and sometimes deprivation of mankind. Empires were built and untold fortunes amassed in the ultimate race to control these precious commodities. Join this guided tour to explore some of the innocent plants upon which many of our modern essentials, luxuries, medicines and addictions are founded.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre €5 per person

Lecture: The Magic of Snowdrops
Assumpta Broomfield
Saturday 20th January

Galanthophile Assumpta Broomfield will take us on a trip around Ireland to tell us about Irish snowdrops, their origins and discoveries.
Time: 2.30pm
Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society

Children's Event:
Build a Bird Feeder
Saturday 27th January

A fun kids workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess.
Time: 11.00am -1.00pm
Suitable for age 6-12 years.
Booking Essential


Themed Guided Walk:
Plants that Changed the World
Saturday 27th January

It is said that the five plants that transformed the world are tea, potatoes, sugar, cotton and quinine. However, there are others which played just as important a role in the development and sometimes deprivation of mankind. Empires were built and untold fortunes amassed in the ultimate race to control these precious commodities. Join this guided tour to explore some of the innocent plants upon which many of our modern essentials, luxuries, medicines and addictions are founded.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre €5 per person

Demonstration:
St Brigid’s Cross Making
Sunday 28th January

Come and discover the technique behind making the traditional St. Brigid’s Cross. Step-by-step demonstrations using fresh rushes in celebration of the feast of St. Brigid.
Time: 11.30am & 3.00pm. Visitor Centre

LIGHTNING TALKS: Session 1 – Secrets and Passions of the NBG
Wednesday 31st January

Discover the grand passions, obsessions, secrets and myths of the Gardens with our stimulating series of Lightning Talks. Its access all areas as the Staff of the NBG speak – but with only 20 seconds per slide, these presentations will be short, concise, super insightful and always fun.
Time: 3:00pm February



Daily Guided Walks:
Hidden February Blossoms Daily

Discover some unanticipated winter colour as you stroll through the gardens with us. Experience the fragrant blossoms of the Daphne and the tropical rhododendrons in the glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm - €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm. - Free of charge

Themed Guided Walk:
Arnica and Old Lace – plants and women’s medicine
Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th February

Women healers and their folk knowledge of local flora were a mainstay of Irish health for generations. Wise women were frequently painted as witches through the biases of the age. This tour attempts to untangle fact from fiction, focusing on women’s cures for female concerns, such as fertility. This use of plants is an important part of Ireland’s cultural heritage and has largely been forgotten. As always, we have a lot to learn from our grandmothers.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person

Children's Workshops:
Build a Bird Feeder
Saturday 3rd February

Join us for a fun kids workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess. Suitable for age 6-12 years. Booking Essential
Time: 11.00am -1.00pm

LIGHTNING TALKS: Session 2 – Secrets and Passions
Wednesday 7th February

Following on from our January Lightning Talks, find out about the grand passions, obsessions, secrets and myths of some very special invited guests. With only 20 seconds per slide, these presentations will be short, concise extremely insightful and always fun.
Time: 3:00pm

Children’s Workshops: Budding Artists (4 to 7 year olds)
Saturday 10th February

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10.
Booking Essential


Children’s Workshops: Hardy Annuals (8 to 12 year olds)
Saturday 10th February

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential


Valentine’s Day Guided Walk:
Budding Romance
Saturday 10th and Wednesday 14th February

Come along for a bracing and romantic stroll in the Gardens as we observe the first signs of spring. Snowdrops herald the arrival of the new season while some of the fragrant winter flowers linger on. Inside the glasshouses exotic blooms evoke warmer climes. An alternative Valentine’s Day activity to delight the senses.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person

Evening Lecture: Are Irish Birds Responding to Climate Change? Yes. No. Maybe?
Tom Cooney
Wednesday 21st February

An interesting question. Join Tom Cooney who discusses his findings and the response of Irish Birds to climate change.
Time: 8.00pm at the Visitor Centre
Organised with the Tolka Branch BirdWatch Ireland

Evening Lecture: To the Mountains of Myanmar – A Burmese Adventure
Seamus O’Brien
Thursday 22nd February

Head Gardener at the National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh, Seamus relates some fascinating stories of his travels from a recent expedition to Myanmar where he visited the areas botanised by Lady Charlotte Wheeler Cuffe and Captain Frank Kingdom Ward in the early part of the 20th century.
Time: 8.00pm at the Visitor Centre


Gardening Classes

Growing Green Fingers – Gardening Classes for Beginners
Spring 2018

The course will include a series of eight classes held on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, over a four week period. Evening classes commence at 7.30pm and finish at 9.15pm. Saturday classes will commence at 10.00am and finish at 12.30pm. During evening classes, a member of the gardening staff will be on hand in the auditorium from 7pm to answer specific queries and identify plants or plant problems. Cost per person is €150. Proceeds go the Irish Museums Trust.

Cost per person is €150. Cheques made payable to the Irish Museums Trust.

  • Saturday 20th January – Introduction to Gardening and Soil Saturday 20th January - Introduction to Gardening and Soil
  • Tuesday 23rd January – Pests, Diseases, and Weed Control Tuesday 23rd January - Pests, Diseases and Weed Control
  • Saturday 27th January – Propagation Workshop Saturday 27th January - Propagation Workshop
  • Tuesday 30th January – House Plants and Herbs Tuesday 30th January - House Plants and Herbs
  • Saturday 3rd February – Designing your Garden Saturday 3rd February - Designing your Garden
  • Tuesday 6th February – Fruit and Vegetables Tuesday 6th February - Fruit and Vegetables
  • Saturday 10th February – General Gardening Workshop Saturday 10th February - General Gardening Workshop
  • Tuesday 13th February – Composting and the Gardening Year Tuesday 13th February - Composting and the Gardening Year


Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Kilmacurragh is located in Kilbride, east Co. Wicklow (Junction 18 on the M11), famous for its conifers, rhododendrons, meadows, and double-borders. Free, guided tours are held twice daily until the middle of October, and again from April onwards, at 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Don’t miss the Rhododendron Walks on weekends in March starting on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th at 12pm and 3pm.
Further information: Nov – Mar: 01 857 0909/ 804 0319 Apr – Oct: 0404 48844
Group tours should be pre-booked. Meet at the car park entrance to the Gardens for all events.
National Tree Day Guided Walk:
Tremendous Tree Tales
Thursday 5th October

In celebration of National Tree Day, we will be exploring the stories of many majestic and interesting old trees in Kilmacurragh as the spectacular autumn foliage appears.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet at the Car Park
Further information and booking: 0404 48844

National Tree Day Guided Walk for Schools:
Learn all about Trees
Thursday 5th October

Discover how amazing trees really are. Find out some fascinating facts and learning how to identify trees.
Further information and booking: 0404 48844


Workshops and Activities for Children

Children’s Garden Trails
Available throughout the year

Choose from a selection of Free trails at the Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the wonderful plants on display in the Gardens and glasshouses. Trails available include ‘Plant Partners’ which explores the amazing interactions between plants and animals and ‘The Food Trail’ which looks at common and curious food from around the world.

Kid’s Gardening Club
Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 23rd October

Kids, do you want to learn how to garden? Come join us for our first ever Kid’s Gardening Club in the Children’s Garden. This 5 week programme includes hands-on activities, practical gardening skills and cool experiments. Explore how to grow your own food, care for cacti and how creepy crawlies help our gardens.
Costs: €20 per child for 5 classes.
Age 8-12 year olds. Tuesdays 3.00-4.30pm. Places limited and booking is essential

Budding Artists
Saturdays 14th October, 11th November, 9th December, 13th January, 10th February

Join our budding artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Hardy Annuals
Saturdays 14th October, 11th November, 9th December, 13th January, 10th February

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential

Children's Event:
Decorated Pumpkin Competition
Saturday 21st October

Take part in our decorated pumpkin competition, and your pumpkin can be part of a fantastic exhibition which will be on display in the Teak House. This unique event is a big hit with our visitors every year. Please check our website or at the Visitor Centre desk for entry forms and details on how to take part in this spook-tacular event. Please remember we cannot accept any carved or cut pumpkins.
Entries will only be accepted on Saturday the 21st of October. Prize giving for the Decorated Pumpkin Competition will be on Sunday 22nd at 3.00pm in the Teak House.

Halloween at Glasnevin
Sunday 22nd October

It’s Dress Up Day when all you witches and ghouls can dress to distress. View the Halloween Harvest Display and Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition and discover all about Magical Plants when you visit the witches in their garden. Don’t forget to drop by to help the giant spider weaving the biggest spider’s web in Ireland. Try your hand at some of the Maths Week Ireland puzzles and games also that will be dotted about the gardens. It all kicks off at 12.00pm.

Magical Plants
Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October


Time: 11.20am, 11.50am and 12.20pm
Children's Garden

Drop by Activity in the Children’s Garden
Wednesday 1st and Friday 3rd November

Join the coven in our witch's garden to find out more about magical plants using garlic to ward off vampires, plants for potions and spells, poisonous plants to murder your evil enemies and even some rarely seen invisible plants. In the Children’s Garden we will be making seasonal crafts which you can take home.
Time: 11.30am - 12.30am
Children's Garden

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Seán O’Súilleabháin
Thursday 2nd November

Join Seán for a fun-filled children’s talk exploring the best of our local wildlife and the seasonal changes that can be observed during the winter months. This talk will inform and enhance family walks in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.
Time: 12.00pm
Booking through www.DublinBookFestival.com Organised with Dublin Book Festival

Children's Event:
Eco Crafts
Saturday 25th November and 2nd December

Especially for kids this Christmas. Help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making your own plantable eco-friendly cards with recycled and natural materials. Using bio-degradable seed infused paper, these cards will keep giving long after Christmas, as they can be planted in your garden or in pots on your balcony or windowsill.
Time: 11.00am -12.00pm Age 6-8yrs,br>Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm Age 8yrs & over
Cost: €5. Booking Essential

Celebrating Christmas at Glasnevin
Santa, Christmas Market, and much more.
Sunday 10th December

Savour the festive atmosphere and experience the spirit of Christmas with a visit to Santa and his helpers in his hideaway in the Gardens. View our giant wreaths and stock-up with seasonal goodies, treats, presents and assorted Christmas supplies at our special Christmas market. As you enjoy a stroll through the stalls listen out for some festive music along the way with our live choir. Ticketed event – Free tickets to visit Santa are available only on Sunday 10th December at the Visitor Centre.
Time: The Christmas Market is open all day. Visits to Santa run from 1.30pm.

Children's Event:
Build a Bird Feeder
Saturday 27th January and 3rd February

A fun kids workshop where we will be making bird feeders to help our feathered friends during the cold winter months. Be sure to wear old clothes since we may be making a mess.
Time: 11.00am -1.00pm
Suitable for age 6-12 years. Free, but Booking Essential


Education Tours and Workshops for schools

Education Tours and Workshops for Schools
A variety of special themed guided tours and workshops are available free of charge to school groups. All school visits should be pre-booked at the Visitor Centre – (01) 8570909/ 8040319 Guided Tours available for booking throughout the school year for both primary and secondary level:

Primary Schools Tours
  • The Rainforest – Explore Ireland’s only tropical rainforest in the Great Palm House, and find out about plants from all over the world. Available year round
  • Irish Plants – Hear all about Irish plants and trees, their uses, folklore, and how to identify them. Visit the Viking House and find out what plants they grew for food, clothing, and shelter. Available year round
  • Tree-mendous trees – Discover the lives of our great trees – how they produce their food, survive the seasons, and help us in our daily lives. Available year round
  • Sculpture in Context Tours for Primary Schools – Throughout the Sculpture in Context exhibition, primary school groups can book a special guided tour of the gardens that includes some of the exciting sculptures both outdoors and in the gallery and glasshouse areas. Continuing until Friday 20th October.
  • Sculpture Trail - This trail will be available for the duration of the exhibition and will look at a few choice pieces in greater detail. Continuing until 20th October National Tree Week – Tree walks for schools - Hear some fascinating facts and tales about native and exotic trees alike, and also learn how to identify some of our most popular trees. Suitable for 1st class and up. To celebrate National Tree Week each school group will have the opportunity to take away a tree to plant! Monday 6th-Friday 10th March
Primary Schools Workshops
  • Get Growing! Join us for a workshop in our new Education Garden. Make and plant your own newspaper pots to take home and get tips on what is best to plant in your school garden. Follow this with a special guided tour of the Gardens that includes a trip to Ireland’s only tropical rainforest and learn to identify some native trees along the way. Sept – Oct & Mar – May
  • Delve Deeper – Take a tour of the Gardens and collect samples with our intrepid guides before going back to the Education Centre to experiment with our special, user-friendly, handheld, digital microscopes. See what leaves, seeds, and even microscopic bugs look like close up! Available year round
  • Magical Plants – Join us in our brand new Erasmus Education garden for a seasonal look at some weird, wonderful and magical plants from around the world. From the famous wolfsbane of Harry Potter to the opium poppies of the Ancient Egyptians. From October to November
Primary Schools Trails
  • Plant Partners – Why not collect this self-guided trail and explore the intriguing world of plant and animal relationships. Year round
  • Food Trail – Our brand new food trail looks at some of our favourite Irish foods and some more unusual foods from around the world. Year round
  • Sculpture Trail – This trail will be available for the duration of the exhibition and will look at a few choice pieces in greater detail. Continuing until 20th October
Second Level Guided Tours
  • Plant Adaptations – This guided walk will look at some of the amazing adaptive features our plants have adopted to cope with everything from predators, habitat loss and climate change.
  • Plants & Us – We all use plants in so many ways each day. This guided tour will focus on the wealth of products we gain from plants from lipstick and chewing gum to cotton and vanilla!
  • Trees, trees, trees – Discover the secret life of trees on this tour where we will talk about everything from the Irish ‘Clash of the Ash’ to Sierra Nevada’s giant fire-resistant Redwoods.
Workshops for Secondary Level
  • Ecology Workshop – Explore the world of ecology while taking an expedition through the Gardens exploring ecological concepts such as nutrient cycling, climate, soil adaptation, and habitat structure. This workshop includes a tour of the Garden’s native and exotic plants. and activities such as: - stepping from tropical to desert biomes to explore plant adaptations to the world’s climate and environmental factors - searching the garden’s amazing plant collection for fascinating living examples of ecological relationships such as competition, predation, parasitism and symbiosis Students will also get a rare chance to discover plants at the centre of real conservation projects and even see rare plants that are extinct in the wild. This workshop is based on the curriculum needs of the Leaving Cert Biology Sub-Unit General Principles of Ecology, but will also cover other aspects of the Leaving Cert Biology and Geography Curricula.
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