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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.

Speaking with Plants
June 19 to July 20, 2014

UCD Science expressions

Dr. Niamh Shaw, a performer, scientist and engineer, is passionate about awakening people’s curiosity. She has collaborated with Prof Bruce Osborne of UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science to present 'Speaking with Plants' at the Gardens at 14:30 on Saturday 28th June. The event will highlight the importance of plants and encourage us all to recognize the close connection between our lives and the plants around us.
Other contributors to the discussion will include Thomas P. Shaw, Secretary of County Louth Beekeepers Association (Niamh’s green fingered Dad), Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens and horticulturist, garden writer and garden designer, Fionnuala Fallon the gardening correspondent for The Irish Times. The event is supported by INTEL and EuroScience. It is free, but you must register here to reserve seats.

Ceramics Ireland Members' Exhibition 2014
June 19 to July 20, 2014

Michele Hannan Ceramic Ireland 2014

We have a joint exhitbition for the next month, with Ceramics Ireland's annual members' exhibition and the Sylva exhibition.
Sylva features drawings by Sarah Simblet specially produced for the New Sylva, written by Gabriel Hemery. This beautiful volume celebrates John Evelyn's 350-year-old classic discourse. The exhibition has featured at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and the National Botanic Garden of Wales before coming to Dublin. Prints of the plates and the book are available for sale at the Visitor Centre.

Aibítir - a celebration of Irish Botanical Art
May 4, 2014

Eidhnean by Shevaun Doherty

The Irish Society of Botanical Artists are holding their inaugural exhibition at the Botanic Gardens The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art – Aibítir Éireannach i Ealaíon Luibheolaíoch from 2nd to the 25th May. Over 60 artists have produced paintings of native Irish plants based on the first letter of their Irish names with the eighteen letters of the Irish alphabet.

Read more here. . .

Win a Lego hamper by collecting Deadly Plants. . .
April 30, 2014

The National Botanic Gardens has teamed up with TRTE's elev8 and the RTÉ Guide for an online sticker album about plants called elev8’s Deadly Plants.
It’s a great way to introduce 7-11 year olds to plant life. Behind each sticker you will find fun facts on our most deadly plants! Collect all 48 deadly plant stickers by midnight on May 20th to be in with a chance to win a Massive Lego hamper.
There’s another rare sticker code for your elev8 Deadly Plants album, the code is WOODII. Get an ultra rare sticker, worth 200 coins, by using the code VOCALCORDS.
Redeem it here. . .

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!). . .
'Gro' comes to the Gardens
April 18, 2014

Viking Ship Gro

Today is the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, fought in the vicinity of the National Botanic Gardens in 1014. To celebrate we have been loaned the Viking boat 'Gro' built in 2006 at the Irish National Heritage Park by Danish shipwrights using traditional tools and methods.
Read more about the boat here . . .
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