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vert bar Located just 3 km from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. A premier scientific institution, the gardens also contain the National Herbarium and several historic wrought iron glasshouses.

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 Irelandís 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!). . .
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