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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.
NEWS FROM THE GARDENS
Latest calender of Events
September 24, 2015
We have a program of over 70 events planned for the next six months including exhibitions,
talks, workshops and guided walks.
During Science week (8-15 Nov) we have a series of four talks on popular science topics as well
as a day of Physics in the Garden by the Institute of Physics and the Irish Science on Stage team.
This year we will also have a visit of a mobile Planetarium in the Visitor Centre.
Go to the events page here . . . .
Decorated Pumpkin Competition
September 24, 2015
This is the 7th year for the Pumpkin Competition.
Bring your decorated pumpkin to the National Botanic Gardens, on Saturday 17th October 2015 between 10am and 5pm.
only be decorated on the external skin, we will not accept pumpkins which are cut into or carved,
as they will decay rapidly. The exhibition will be on display
in the teak house for one week only. There will be a prizes awarded to the most imaginative entry in various age groups.
Sculpture in Context 2015
Download the entry form here.
Thursday 3rd September
The National Botanic Gardens is delighted to host the annual Sculpture In Context
exhibition, now in its fourteenth year at the gardens from Thursday 3rd September
to Friday 16th of October 2015.
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.
This year we have a special programme of Artist-led tours at 3pm every Saturday
during the exhibition.
Time: All day in the gardens and in the Visitor Centre