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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.

Sonder Ireland Palmhouse video
September 21, 2016

Sonder Ireland have made a small video celebration of the Palmhouse. It is only from the air that the full beauty of the Palmhouse is seen. We hope to persuade them to make more films of the Gardens to give us all a different perspective on the more well known views.
Watch the video here . . .
New Event Schedule
September 2016 to February 2017

We are delighted to present our new schedule of events. There are over 80 exhbitions, lectures, workshops and other events taking place, We are also running the ever popular 'Growing Green Fingers' course presented by our Curator Paul Maher which will take place in Januray-February 2017 (the perfect Christmas gift for someone who has always wanted to get into gardening).
Go to the Events page here . . .
Nightmare Flora – A Halloween special at the Gardens
Friday 28 October & Saturday 29 October
For 2 nights only. . .


In collaboration with the Dublin Bram Stoker Festival. A rare opportunity to cross the threshold of the National Botanic Gardens after dark, for a thrilling, immersive experience in the Victorian Glasshouse.

“It is only when a man feels himself face to face with such horrors that he can understand their true import” Bram Stoker, Dracula.

As night falls on the garden’s oasis of calm and beauty, a dark heart begins to beat deep in the Victorian glasshouse. Things are coming into bloom. Welcome to the world of Nightmare Plants, where nature’s power to poison, seduce and intoxicate is on display.
Your host is a centuries old plant hunter; a mysterious purveyor of new and unusual species. He has trialled and tested the most deadly of Mother Nature’s creations. Now, for the first time, he’s opening his glass palace for guests to see his life’s work. Find out for yourself what secrets lie within, and what memories must be exorcised before the sun rises.
Nightmare Plants is an immersive performance, told by an ensemble of actors.
Book your tickets now. . .
Sculpture in Context 2016
Thursday 8th September

The National Botanic Gardens is once again delighted to host the annual Sculpture In Context exhibition, now in its fifteenth year at the gardens from Thursday 8th September to Friday 21st of October 2016.
Sculpture In Context is the largest outdoor Sculpture exhibition held in Ireland. The sculptures are the work of over one hundred and fifty leading Irish and international artists as well as many new artists with exciting new work.
The Sculptures are displayed throughout the gardens. Many pieces are featured in the glasshouses and in the elegant gallery space of the Visitor Centre.

Free Entry
Time: All day in the gardens and in the Visitor Centre
Baobab in Bloom
Monday 5th September

Early autumn is the time when many of our tropical trees in the Palm House come into flower. This year we have the Baobab producing its first proper crop of flowers. It has been growing for thirteen years and is already one of the largest trees in the house. Intriguingly this tree is bound up with the Irish Patriot Sir Roger Casement who returned a fruit of this tree to Dublin after his expedition to the Congo Free State...
Find out more . . . .
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