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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: December 29, 2015

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

Images of Starlight
Tuesday 2nd - Sunday 21st February

The night sky has always fascinated people. Recent advances in digital photography have made the imaging of its splendours ever more accessible. This exhibition is a celebration of its wonders and beauty and showcases the work of amateur astronomers from all over Ireland. It includes beautiful photographs taken from back gardens and scenic landscapes throughout the country.
Organised with the Irish Astronomical Society and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies.

Bonsai at the Botanic Gardens
Saturday 27th February - Sunday 17th April

An extensive exhibition of Bonsai from the collection of Andrew J. Murray will be on display in the Teak House throughout March. Watch the Bonsai burst back into life, displaying the splendid spring foliage of maples, cherries, and many other beautiful plants.
Daily in the Teak House
Tree Week Exhibition: Post Colony
Sunday 28th February - Sunday 13th March

Post Colony is a comprehensive exhibition by artist Gareth Kennedy showing large format charcoal drawings, a series of photographs by the project photographer Brian Cregan, and wood turned objects made from the wood of the invasive species, Rhododendron x superponticum. First introduced to Ireland in the 1700s as an ornamental plant, this plant has become deeply problematic throughout Ireland and within Killarney National Park. With its prolific purple flowers, this 'terrible beauty' has become iconic in the Park and when it is in full bloom, it is much admired by thousands of visitors annually. However, there is a darker side to this plant with its insidious effects on native biodiversity, and it is particularly a significant threat on the ancient native oak woodlands. For the past thirty years, there has been an ongoing constant battle to eradicate this plant from the National Park.
Daily in the Gallery of the Visitor Centre
Exhibition: - Visions Of Skellig - Life On The Atlantic Edge
Thursday 17th March -Sunday 3rd April

An exhibition of photographs by Mark O'Callaghan offering new perspectives on the unique World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, 12km off the Kerry coast. For centuries, the Skellig rocks have represented the ends of the earth and the extremes of human settlement and endurance. Though today the monastic cells and lighthouses stand empty, the rocks are teeming with bird and plant life amidst the ruins and isolation, and remain a magnetic presence on the horizon. While living and working as a guide on Skellig during the summer of 2014, Mark availed of the opportunity to capture many rarely seen sights, magnificent sunsets, and early morning shots in this amazing site.
Daily in the Gallery at the Visitor Centre
1916 Sackville Street: Remembering 262 civilians through art
Friday 8th April - Sunday 24th April

There were more civilians killed in the 1916 Easter Rising than Irish Volunteers or British soldiers. Of the 485 people who died, 262 were civilians. These men, women and children have no memorial and lie in graves, some forgotten, until now.
The objective of the 1916 Sackville Street Art Project (now known as O'Connell Street, Dublin) is to hold an exhibition to commemorate the lives of these ordinary civilians that were killed in the 1916 Easter Rising. The aim of the Art Project is to tell their story. Schools, educational groups, youth groups and individuals were invited to create a 3D house from any art form to represent a civilian that was killed during the 1916 Rising and where possible to provide a brief historical profile of that civilian and/or the art project. The response was overwhelming and led to this unique exhibition honouring the lives of those who were lost in 1916. This initiative is the brain child of ceramic Artist Ciara O'Keefe.
Further information on the project: http://www.1916sackvillestreet.com/
Daily in the Gallery at the Visitor Centre
Irish Ceramics at the Gardens
Friday 29th April - Wednesday 1st June

The largest most comprehensive exhibition of Irish ceramics will be held at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin from Friday 29th April to Wednesday 1st June.
The exhibition will include some 60 ceramic artists from Ireland both north and south. Eight artists have specially selected to create exclusive works inspired by the Gardens to be made available on the opening night of the exhibition.
There will be over 190 works in the exhibition by award winning ceramicists including Jim Turner, Pat Connor, Etain Hickey, Ana Duncan, Eileen Singleton, Grainne Watts, Brigit Beemster, Michael Moore and Mandy Parslow.
This exhibition will be unique in the history of the State in showcasing the creative talents of the very best of Irish Ceramic sculpture which has received multiple national and international awards. further information: irishceramics.org
Daily in the Gallery at the Visitor Centre

Lectures, Tours & Other Events

Guided Walk – Conifers
Saturday 9th January

Glasnevin has an extensive collection of conifers, from our native yews to giant redwoods from North America. Come and join Head Guide Glynn Anderson for a walk and talk, exploring wonderful conifers from every corner of the world. Learn the basics of conifer identification and a few stories about why they are so special.
Time: 2.30pm, Meet in Visitor Centre.
Cost: €5 per person
Lecture – Seeds: How plants get around
Matthew Jebb
Wednesday 13th January

The way seeds are made, how they move to new locations and what makes them wake up are each fascinating biological stories. Matthew Jebb will explain how seeds are often a lot more ingenious than we give them credit for.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre Auditorium
Lecture – A View from the Palm House
Matthew Jebb
Thursday 14th January

Matthew Jebb, Director of the Botanic Gardens, presents this wide ranging talk about Greek education, plant evolution, the 1801 Act of Union, St. Patrick's flag, Dublin's two names, Viking agriculture, alien invasive plants, and climate change.
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society
Children’s Art Workshop – Budding Artists (4-7 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 16th January

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 Art Workshop – Hardy Annuals (8-12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 16th January

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
Lecture – Leaves: How plants feed themselves
Colin Kelleher
Wednesday 27th January

Ultimately all life on earth is dependent upon the process of photosynthesis for fixing energy from the sun; creating both the food and oxygen which we are all dependent upon. Colin Kelleher will explain some of the inner workings of the most important biological process on the planet.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre Auditorium
Guided Tour – Plant Adaptations in the Rainforest
Saturday 30th January

Find out all about the ingenious adaptations of our tropical plants, which help them to compete in the high stakes atmosphere of the Rainforest.
Time: 2.30pm, Meet in Visitor Centre.
Cost: €5 per person


Exhibition – Images of Starlight
Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 21st February

The night sky has always fascinated people. Recent advances in digital photography have made the imaging of its splendours ever more accessible. This exhibition is a celebration of its wonders and beauty and showcases the work of amateur astronomers from all over Ireland. It includes beautiful photographs taken from back gardens and scenic landscapes throughout the country.

Organised with the Irish Astronomical Society and the Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies.
Lecture – Flowers: How plants made butterflies, bees and wasps
Matthew Jebb
Wednesday 3rd February

Flowers are more than just beautiful objects. They exploit the wind, water, insects, birds, bats and even humans to do their bidding. Matthew Jebb will explain how flowers also brought about the evolution of a huge diversity of the insect world and were themselves a product of the Age of the Dinosaurs.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre Auditorium
Children’s Art Workshop – Budding Artists (4-7 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 13th 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 Art Workshop – Hardy Annuals (8-12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 13th 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
Sunday 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
Lecture – Wood: How to grow a tree
Colin Kelleher
Wednesday 17th February

Wood is one of the most useful and oldest natural products. How plants produce that wood and how a tree grows is a fascinating tale of biological engineering. Colin Kelleher will take you deep inside a tree in this talk and reveal how beautiful such a seemingly everyday material is.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre Auditorium
Lecture – Myths, Fantasy and Frilly Knickers
Assumpta Broomfield.
Thursday 18th February

Explore the fascinating history of snowdrop collection and cultivation in Ireland with galanthophile Assumpta Broomfield.
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre Auditorium
Organised with the Alpine Plant Society
Lecture – Rowallane – Interesting Plants with a Sprinkling of Irish Heritage History
Averil Milligane
Thursday 25th February

Averil Milligane, Head Gardener at Rowallane, will share her insights after 12 years at this well-known garden, looking at the origins of some of the remarkable plants, and the links to the history of Co Down and the Irish nursery industry.
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society
Exhibition – Bonsai at the Botanic Gardens
Andrew Murray
Opening Saturday 27th February

An extensive exhibition of Bonsai from the collection of Andrew J. Murray will be on display in the Teak House throughout March. Watch the Bonsai burst back into life, displaying the splendid spring foliage of maples, cherries, and many other beautiful plants.
Daily in the Teak House


Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Welcome to our events section for the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh. Located in Kilbride, east Co. Wicklow, it is the centerpiece of an eighteenth-century estate. Today it is 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. Please check the website or locally for seasonally themed guided tours and trails. Don't miss the fabulous Rhododendron Walks on Sundays only from March 6th. Group tours should be pre-booked. Meet at the car park entrance to the Gardens for all events.
Further information:
November - March: 01 857 0909/ 804 0319
April - October: 0404 48844

Guided Tour – Rhododendron Walks
Sundays 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March

Come and enjoy our spring tree walks as the beautiful rhododendron blossoms emerge.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet at the Car Park


Workshops and Activities for Children

Children’s Garden Trails
Events for Children

Choose from a selection of free trails at the Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the wonderful plants and glasshouses on display in the Gardens. Trails available include 'Plant Partners', which explores the amazing interactions between plants and animals, and 'Sense-ation', which encourages children to explore the Gardens using their senses.
Children’s Art Workshop – Budding Artists (4-7 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturdays 26th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December, 16th January, 13th February, 12th March

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 Art Workshop – Hardy Annuals (8-12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturdays 26th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December, 16th January, 13th February, 12th March

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: Eco Christmas Crafts
Saturdays 28th November and 5th December

Kids! Get crafty and make cool Christmas ornaments from recycled and natural materials. It's fun to make your own decorations and good to know you're helping the environment by reusing old card, paper, string, and plant material from the Gardens.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre Meet at the Visitor Centre Cost: €5. Booking Essential


Education workshops for schools

Education workshops for schools
  • Sustainability - What's that? - Interactive workshop exploring the principles of sustainability, biodiversity, plant conservation, and the importance of plants in our lives. Covering aspects of geography, science and CSPE curricula. Suitable for second level students.
  • Get Growing! Join us for a workshop in our new Education Garden. Suitable for primary level students.
  • 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! Suitable for primary level students.
  • Ecology Workshop - Explore the world of ecology while taking an expedition through the Gardens exploring ecological concepts such as nutrient cycling, climate and soil adaptation, and habitat structure. This workshop combines an interactive classroom session with a tour of the garden's native and exotic plants. It also features activities such as: mapping woodland and hedgerow habitats; 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 study 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.

All education workshops are Free for Primary and Secondary Schools but must be booked in advance. For further details please phone 01 857 0909.
Teachers Training

Summer course for Primary Teachers: 1st - 7th July (excluding weekend). This popular teachers course is returning! Learn all about the outdoor classroom and how best to use the gardens as a teaching resource. Training includes seashore ecology and wild pl
Guided Tours

Special themed tours of the gardens and the glasshouses. Learn all about the fascinating world of plants!
  • Visit the Viking House and find out what plants they used to grow for food, clothing, and shelter.
  • Explore Ireland's only tropical rainforest in the Great Palm House, and find out about plants from all over the world.
  • Hear all about Irish plants, their uses, folklore, and how to identify them.
  • Discover how amazing trees are and learn how to identify a variety of species.

Gardening Classes

Growing green fingers – gardening classes for beginners at the National Botanic Gardens to be held in Spring 2016

Growing Green Fingers - Gardening Classes for Beginners at the National Botanic Gardens to be held in Spring 2016 The course will include a series of eight classes held on Tuesdays evenings and Saturday mornings over a four-week period. Night classes will commence at 7.30pm and finish at 9.15pm. Saturday classes will commence at 10.00am and finish at 12.30pm. For evening classes there will be a gardener available in the auditorium from 7.00pm to answer specific queries or identify plants or plant problems.

The course is limited and must be booked in advance.
Cost: € 150 per person (Proceeds to the Irish Museum's Trust).

Outline Programme

Saturday 23rd January
Introduction to Gardening
Soils

Saturday 6th February
Propagation Workshop


Tuesday 26th January
Pests and diseases
Weed control

Tuesday 9th February
Fruit and
Vegetables

Saturday 30th January
Designing your Garden
Saturday 16th February
Composting
The Gardening Year

Tuesday 2nd February
House Plants
and Herbs

Tuesday 16th February
Composting and
The Gardening Year

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