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vert bar IN THE NEWS 10th September 2005

Heritage Week at the Gardens 2005



The Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Dr Peter Wyse Jackson, welcomes an Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern to the Gardens.

During Heritage week a number of activities had taken place and Mr Ahern had the opportunity to inspect this year's 'Sculpture in Context' and the Mayan rainforest house that was constructed during heritage week.






Mr Ahern plants the first Wollemia nobilis in Irish soil inside the central house of the Curvilinear Range. Immediately behind Mr Ahern stands the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Dr John Herron. In the centre is the Irish Ambassador to Australia, His excellency Mr Declan Kelly.
Dr Peter Wyse Jackson, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, looks on.









During his vist to the Gardens Mr Ahern was able to visit the Rainforest House that was built inside the Palm House during Heritage Week by three Mayan craftsmen (Lloyd at left, James in Centre, Mr Ahern TD on right). He was presented with a traditional Mayan Calendar. The House demonstrates the way in which raw materials from the rainforest are used. No nails or metal fixings are used, with all the frames and walls being lashed together with forest climbers.





While visiting Mr Ahern was also able to inspect the orchid hybrid Mokara 'Bertie Ahern'. Raised in Singapore, this complex hybrid involving three parents, was named after an Taoiseach by the Singapore Botanic Gardens when he visited their Orchid garden in October 2004.