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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: November 12, 2016

The calendar to the right will help you navigate around the many events we have – if you hover your mouse over an orange date it will show you what events are on that day, and a further click will give you the full details.
As well as the full schedule, there are sections to show you details for:


Exhibitions

Exhibition: Heritage Irish Plants: Plandaí Oidhreachta
Saturday 12th November – Sunday 4th December

The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and The Irish Garden Plant Society have joined forces for this project, which highlights the wealth of good Irish Garden Plants and celebrates the best of Irish botanical illustration. This exhibition of the original paintings from the book Plandaí Oidhreachta features many well-known plants including Irish snowdrops, dahlias and sweet pea along with primroses, iris and daffodils as well as a number of garden plants selected from the native Irish flora.
Daily in the Visitor Centre

Lectures, Tours & Other Events

Daily Guided Walks: Autumn Colour
November

Autumn in the gardens is an incredible experience. Join us for a special guided tour through the autumn leaves savouring the seasonal colour and tropical Rhododendrons in the Glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm. €5 per person Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Free of Charge
Themed Guided Walk: Rainforests
Saturdays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th November

Take a stroll through the hot and humid tropic rainforest of our great palm house and immerse yourself in the world of the tropics. Then travel to the cloud forest of the mountainous regions of Asia in our curvilinear range while learning about these amazing habitats along the way.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost €5 per person
Workshop: Beginner’s Photography
Eamon O’ Daly of the Outdoor Studio
Mondays 7th, 14th and 21st November

The three-day workshop will cover all the basics of digital photography, how to understand your camera, and take better and more creative photographs.
Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: €100. Book online at
www.skerriesphotography.com
Exhibition: Heritage Irish Plants: Plandaí Oidhreachta
Saturday 12th November – Sunday 4th December

The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and The Irish Garden Plant Society have joined forces for this project, which highlights the wealth of good Irish Garden Plants and celebrates the best of Irish botanical illustration. This exhibition, of the original paintings from the book Plandaí Oidhreachta, features many well-known plants including Irish snowdrops, dahlias and sweet pea along with primroses, iris and daffodils as well as a number of garden plants selected from the native Irish flora.
Daily in the Visitor Centre
Book launch and exhibition opening: Heritage Irish Plants: Plandaí Oidhreachta
Saturday 12th November

Martyn Rix, Editor of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, Kew will officially launch the book Plandaí Oidhreachta, and open the above exhibition of illustrated heritage Irish garden plants. Run in conjunction with the Irish Society of Botanical Artists (ISBA) and the Irish Garden Plant Society (IGPS)
Time: 12.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Children’s Workshops: Budding Artists (4 to 7 year olds)
Saturday 12th November

Budding Artists Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10.
Booking Essential
Children’s Workshops: Hardy Annuals (8 to 12 year olds)
Saturday 12th November

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential
Themed Guided Walk: Rainforests
Saturday 12th November

Take a stroll through the hot and humid tropic rainforest of our great palm house and immerse yourself in the world of the tropics. Then travel to the cloud forest of the mountainous regions of Asia in our curvilinear range while learning about these amazing habitats along the way.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost €5 per person
Science Week
Lecture: Facts, Theories and the Scientific Process – Understanding big questions in science
Matthew Jebb
Wednesday 16th November

To mark Science week, Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, will talk about the science behind a wide range of topics including GMOs, Climate Change, Creationism, Fair Trade and Organic produce. What should you believe? and how can you know the difference between facts and hyperbole? In our modern world science often comes out second best to politics and economics, a better public understanding and awareness of science is always called for.
Time: 3.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Lecture: Seed exchanges, marriage exchanges, and the dynamics of cassava diversity
Dr. Marc Delêtre
Thursday 17th November

Ethnobotanist Marc Delêtre explores the intricate story of people and cassava in Gabon, central Africa. In small farming communities, circulation of crop varieties is often channelled by marriage networks. Because of the way they structure social networks of exchange between kin (related by descent) and affines (related by marriage), marriage rules favour or limit exchanges of seeds among communities and modify patterns of cassava diversity at the regional level.
Time: 3.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Lecture: Dublin’s Mediterranean Gulls
Sean Kingston
Thursday 17th November Evening

Sean Kingston of BirdWatch Ireland talks about the recent success of a new species for Ireland. Organised with BirdWatch Ireland
Time: 8.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Lecture: In Search of Sanctuary. Is it in the Biologist’s Contract to Inform and Lead Public Policy and Law Towards Environmental Sustainability?
Brendan Price
Friday 18th November

Well known environmentalist Brendan Price is Head of the Irish Seal Sanctuary, Dublin. He is an Advocate for Ireland as a ‘Centre for the Advancement of Wildlife Rehabilitation’, partnering communities at home and abroad in efforts to live harmoniously with wildlife and the environment. Organised with the Institute of Biology of Ireland
Time: 8.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Themed Guided Walk: Rainforests
Saturday 19th November

Take a stroll through the hot and humid tropic rainforest of our great palm house and immerse yourself in the world of the tropics. Then travel to the cloud forest of the mountainous regions of Asia in our curvilinear range while learning about these amazing habitats along the way.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost €5 per person
Panel Discussion: Growers and Heritage Irish Plants
Saturday 19th November

In conjunction with the exhibition Plandaí Oidhreachta, a series of panel discussions and talks will be held on Saturday afternoons throughout the exhibition. Further details at www.irishbotanicalartists.ie Organised by the ISBA and IGPS
Time: 2.00pm, Visitor Centre
Children’s Event: Eco Christmas Crafts Kids!
Saturdays 26th November

Get crafty and make cool Christmas ornaments from recycled and natural materials. It’s fun to make your own decorations and good to know you’re helping the environment by reusing old card, paper, string, and plant material from the Gardens.
6-8yrs Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
8yrs & over Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: €5
Booking Essential
Plandaí Oidhreachta, panel discussion
Saturday 26th November

In conjunction with the exhibition Plandaí Oidhreachta, a series of panel discussions and talks will be held on Saturday afternoons throughout the exhibition. Further details at www.irishbotanicalartists.ie Organised by the ISBA and IGPS
Time: 2.00pm, Visitor Centre
Themed Guided Walk: Rainforests
Saturday 26th November

Take a stroll through the hot and humid tropic rainforest of our great palm house and immerse yourself in the world of the tropics. Then travel to the cloud forest of the mountainous regions of Asia in our curvilinear range while learning about these amazing habitats along the way.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost €5 per person

Daily Guided Walks: Seasonal Plants in the Gardens
December

Brighten up your December day with a guided tour of the seasonal plants looking their best at the moment such as Holly and the wide range of conifer trees in the gardens. Venture indoors to view the tropical Rhododendrons and of course the Poinsettia looking splendid in the glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, free of charge
Panel Discussion: Botanical Artists and Heritage
Saturday 3rd December

Irish Plants In conjunction with the exhibition Plandaí Oidhreachta, Patricia Jorgensen, Susan Sex and Lynn Stringer will participate in a panel discussion on the project. Further details at www.irishbotanicalartists.ie Organised by the ISBA and IGPS
Time: 2.00pm, Visitor Centre
Children’s Event: Eco Christmas Crafts Kids!
Saturday 3rd December

Get crafty and make cool Christmas ornaments from recycled and natural materials. It’s fun to make your own decorations and good to know you’re helping the environment by reusing old card, paper, string, and plant material from the Gardens.
6-8yrs Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
8yrs & over Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: €5
Booking Essential
Flower Arranging: Celebrate the Season
Wednesday 7th December

Come along to our perennially popular Flower Arranging Demonstration with Maria Carey and pick up some great tips for decorating your home this Christmas! Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with our beautiful arrangements and enjoy a glass of wine and mince pie at the pre-demonstration reception.
Time: 7.00pm Wine Reception
Advance booking is essential.
Cost: €20 (includes wine reception)
Irish Garden Plant Society ‘Conversazione’
Thursday 8th December

A very relaxed and informal gathering for all. Please bring along plants, pictures, and your gardening anecdotes. Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society
Time: 7.30pm, Visitor Centre
Children’s Workshops: Budding Artists (4 to 7 year olds)
Saturday 10th December

Budding Artists Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10.
Booking Essential
Children’s Workshops: Hardy Annuals (8 to 12 year olds)
Saturday 10th December

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential
Celebrating Christmas at Glasnevin
Sunday 11th December

Santa, Christmas Market, and much more! Savour the festive atmosphere and experience the spirit of Christmas with a free visit to Santa and his helpers in his hideaway in the Gardens. View our giant wreaths and stockup with seasonal goodies, treats, presents and assorted Christmas supplies at our special Christmas market. As you enjoy a stroll through the stalls listen out for some festive music along the way with our live choir. Ticketed event – Free tickets are available only on Sunday 11th December at the Education and Visitor Centre. The Christmas Market is open all day. Visits to Santa run from 1.30pm.

Daily Guided Walks: Hidden January Blossoms
January

Discover some unanticipated winter colour as you stroll through the gardens with us. Experience the fragrant blossoms of the Daphne and the tropical Rhododendrons in the glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 per person Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, free of charge
Themed Guided Walk: The Glasshouses of Glasnevin
Saturdays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th January

Come along to these guided walks and discover the beauty and history of the fantastic Victorian Glasshouses here in Glasnevin. From Richard Turners iconic curvilinear Range to the tropical collection of the Great Palm house.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person
Children’s Workshops: Budding Artists (4 to 7 year olds)
Saturday 14th January

Budding Artists Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10.
Booking Essential
Children’s Workshops: Hardy Annuals (8 to 12 year olds)
Saturday 14th January

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential
Themed Guided Walk: The Glasshouses of Glasnevin
Saturday 14th January

Come along to these guided walks and discover the beauty and history of the fantastic Victorian Glasshouses here in Glasnevin. From Richard Turners iconic curvilinear Range to the tropical collection of the Great Palm house.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person
Lecture: Roger Casement and the economics of tropical crops
Matthew Jebb
Wednesday 18th January

The Irish patriot Roger Casement spent several years in the Congo, but a secret mission in 1903 conducted on behalf of the British Government brought about remarkable changes in Human Rights, and the politics of Empire. In this lecture Matthew Jebb, will explore some of the remarkable collections that Roger Casement brought back for the Natural History Museum in Dublin. The impact his expedition had on his thinking and how this led him to collaborate in the 1916 rising will be discussed. The way we utilise tropical crops 100 years after the Casement report has changed little.
Time: 3.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Lecture: Birds of the National Botanic Gardens
Niall Hatch
Thursday 19th January

Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland shows us what birdlife we can hope to encounter in a visit to the Gardens. Organised with BirdWatch Ireland
Time: 8.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Themed Guided Walk: The Glasshouses of Glasnevin
Saturday 21st January

Come along to these guided walks and discover the beauty and history of the fantastic Victorian Glasshouses here in Glasnevin. From Richard Turners iconic curvilinear Range to the tropical collection of the Great Palm house.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person
Workshop: Making Paper & Book Making
Ditte Kummer O’Connor
Sundays 22nd & 29th January

Over two Sundays in January, Ditte Kummer O’Connor, graphic designer and former Lecturer in DIT School of Architecture, will guide a class through the process of producing a beautiful and unique keepsake. In the first of these two workshops you will learn how to make your own hand-made paper with inclusions from the Botanic Gardens. You will also become familiar with the centuries old art of paper marbling. There will be demos on paste paper techniques and printing using plants and leaves, ink and rollers. After this there will be time to have a go yourself. In the second workshop you will make your own unique “artist’s book” using the papers you produced. The theme is to express the beauty of nature in a simple visual story. Materials are included.
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
€60 for both workshops.
Booking essential.
Lecture: Climbing, Plants and DNA in an unexplored Honduran rain-forest
Colin Kelleher
Wednesday 25th January

Colin Kelleher, Botanist at the National Botanic Gardens, was part of a 16-strong team that travelled to Cusuco National Park in Honduras to extend the catalogue of plants and further understand the diversity in this montane rain forest. In this talk Colin will describe the flora they encountered and what the National Botanic Gardens is doing to help describe and conserve this biodiversity hotspot.
Time: 3.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Lecture: Things that Turn Me On – Confessions of a Plant Freak
Nick Macer
Thursday 26th January

Speaker Nick Macer runs Pan Global Plants Nursery, a renowned nursery with a remarkable range of plants. In this talk he will highlight some of his own favourites. Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society
Time: 8.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Themed Guided Walk: The Glasshouses of Glasnevin
Saturday 28th January

Come along to these guided walks and discover the beauty and history of the fantastic Victorian Glasshouses here in Glasnevin. From Richard Turners iconic curvilinear Range to the tropical collection of the Great Palm house.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
Cost: €5 per person
Workshop: Making Paper & Book Making
Ditte Kummer O’Connor
Sunday 29th January

Over two Sundays in January, Ditte Kummer O’Connor, graphic designer and former Lecturer in DIT School of Architecture, will guide a class through the process of producing a beautiful and unique keepsake. In the first of these two workshops you will learn how to make your own hand-made paper with inclusions from the Botanic Gardens. You will also become familiar with the centuries old art of paper marbling. There will be demos on paste paper techniques and printing using plants and leaves, ink and rollers. After this there will be time to have a go yourself. In the second workshop you will make your own unique “artist’s book” using the papers you produced. The theme is to express the beauty of nature in a simple visual story. Materials are included.
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
€60 for both workshops.
Booking essential.

Daily Guided Walks: Hidden February Blossoms
February

Discover some unanticipated winter colour as you stroll through the gardens with us. Experience the fragrant blossoms of the Daphne and the tropical Rhododendrons in the glasshouses.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 per person Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, free of charge
Lecture: Viking Homes and gardens
Matthew Jebb
Wednesday 1st February

The Viking House was built in 2014 and provides a highlight to many of our Garden tours providing as it does, an inspiration for sustainability and Dublin’s heritage. Matthew Jebb explains the science behind the reconstruction. Our knowledge of the first Dubliners, is a thrilling story of archaeological detective work and what this tells us about life in the capital city from its earliest beginnings.
Time: 3.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Irish Society of Botanical Artists Open Day
Saturday 4th February

The ISBA issues a warm invitation to the public to join us for our First Open Day to be held in the Visitor Centre at the National Botanic Gardens. The day-long event will include artists demonstrating the techniques used in botanical art, information about membership, opportunities to talk to artists, information on botanical art classes and workshops available with ISBA artists around the country, merchandise to buy, and a colouring corner for children. This is an event for the entire family – do come along and enjoy this unique opportunity to get to know us. Further information can be obtained from info@irishbotanicalartists.ie or on our website www.irishbotanicalartists.com
Time: 10am – 4.00pm at the Visitor Centre
Lecture: Zoo habitats
Stephen Butler
Saturday 4th February

Stephen Butler, Horticultural Curator at Dublin Zoo will talk about his work immersing the animals and the visitors in naturalistic planting at Dublin Zoo. Thematic planting creates a different appearance around each area, this talk will illustrate some of the thinking behind the design, and aspects of planting to enrich the habitat for the animals too.
Time: 2.00pm. Visitor Centre Organised with the ISBA and the IGPS
Demonstration: St Brigid’s Cross Making
Sunday 5th February

Come and discover the technique behind making the traditional St. Brigid’s Cross. Step-by-step demonstrations using fresh rushes will take place throughout the day in the Visitor Centre in celebration of the feast of St. Brigid.
Time: 11.30am & 3.00pm. Visitor Centre
Lecture: Sea pea in a nutshell – Have some of our plants come from America?
Dr. Marc Delêtre and Colin Kelleher
Wednesday 8th February

Ireland has a number of botanical oddities whose origins we cannot explain. Some of our ­oral elements may have even arrived from America. Join Colin Kelleher of the National Botanic Gardens to learn about one of our current projects which is trying to investigate the origins of an ephemeral coastal visitor, the Sea pea.
Time: 3.00pm in the Visitor Centre
Lecture: A Botanical Scramble of Africa
Seamus O’Brien
Thursday 9th February

Seamus O’Brien recounts the story of his recent travels in South Africa where he, and a keen group of enthusiastic Irish plants people, studied the flora of the Cape, including Table Mountain and the flowers of the Drakensberg Range into Lesotho. This includes the tale of his visit to the South African ‘Glass Nevin.’ The talk concludes with images of plants and animals in Kruger National Park.
Time: 8.00pm at the Visitor Centre
Children’s Workshops: Budding Artists (4 to 7 year olds)
Saturday 11th February

Budding Artists Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds.
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10.
Booking Essential
Children’s Workshops: Hardy Annuals (8 to 12 year olds)
Saturday 11th February

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10. Booking Essential
Valentine’s Day Guided Walk: Budding Romance
Saturday 11th and Tuesday 14th February

Come along for a bracing and romantic stroll in the Gardens as we observe the first signs of spring. Snowdrops herald the arrival of the new season while some of the fragrant winter flowers linger on. Inside the glasshouses exotic blooms evoke warmer climes. An alternative Valentine’s Day activity to delight the senses!
Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Lecture – The Peregrine Falcon in Leinster
Ann Fitzpatrick
Thursday 16th February Evening

Ann Fitzpatrick, NPWS Wildlife Ranger talks on the status of this magnificent bird of prey. Come and see how the world’s fastest bird is doing in our area. Organised with BirdWatch Ireland
Time: 8.00pm at the Visitor Centre


Gardening Classes

Growing Green Fingers – Gardening Classes for Beginners
Spring 2017

The course will include a series of eight classes held on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, over a four-week period. Evening classes commence at 7.30pm and finish at 9.15pm. Saturday classes will commence at 10.00am and finish at 12.30pm. During evening classes, a member of the gardening staff will be on hand in the Auditorium from 7.00pm to answer specific queries and identify plants or plant problems.

Cost per person is €150. Proceeds go to the Irish Museums Trust.
  • Saturday 21st January – Introduction to Gardening and Soil
  • Tuesday 24th January – Pests, Diseases, and Weed Control
  • Saturday 28th January – Propagation Workshop
  • Tuesday 31st January – House Plants and Herbs
  • Saturday 4th February – Designing your Garden
  • Tuesday 7th February – Fruit and Vegetables
  • Saturday 11th February – General Gardening Workshop
  • Tuesday 14th February – Composting and the Gardening Year


Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

National Tree Day Guided Walk for Schools: Learn all about Trees
Thursday 6th October

Discover how amazing trees really are and find out some fascinating facts through learning how to identify trees. Further information and booking: 0404 48844
Guided Tour: Rhododendron Walks
Sundays 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March 2017

Come and enjoy our spring tree walks as the beautiful rhododendron blossoms emerge.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet at the Car Park


Workshops and Activities for Children

Children’s Garden Trails
Available throughout the year

Choose from a selection of free trails at the Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the wonderful plants and glasshouses on display in the Gardens. Trails available include 'Plant Partners', which explores the amazing interactions between plants and animals, and 'Sense-ation', which encourages children to explore the Gardens using their senses. An all-weather, all-year activity for kids! Pick up your Free trail at the Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the wonderful plants and glasshouses on display in the Gardens. A variety of trails are available, including a ‘Plant Partners’ trail which explores the amazing interactions between plants and animals.
Halloween at Glasnevin
Sunday 23rd October

A bumper series of events will be held today. It’s Dress Up Day when all you witches and ghouls can dress to distress! View the Halloween Harvest Display and Decorated Pumpkin Exhibition, help spin a Giant Spider Web through the oak trees, and discover all about Magical Plants when you visit the witches in their garden! It all kicks off at 12.00pm. Prize giving for the Decorated Pumpkin Competition will be at 3.00pm in the Teak House. Maths Week Ireland As part of our Hallowe’en festival, Maths Week Ireland visits the Gardens. There will also be a wide variety of maths demonstrations, puzzles, mazes, maths tricks, and much more! Mathematicians, magicians, and puzzlers join us as part of Maths Week Ireland’s annual celebration highlighting the fun and accessibility of mathematics while celebrating Halloween too! Children’s Garden Trails Choose from a selection of free trails at the Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the wonderful plants on display in the Gardens and glasshouses. Trails available include ‘Plant Partners’ which explores the amazing interactions between plants and animals and ‘The Food Trail’ which looks at common and curious food from around the world.
Budding Artists
24th September, 15th October, 12th November, 10th December, 14th January, 11th February

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the attentive eye of artist Niamh Synnott. Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities. Suitable for 4 to 7 year olds. Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10
Hardy Annuals
24th September, 15th October, 12th November, 10th December, 14th January, 11th February

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage, and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds. Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10
Children’s Event: Eco Christmas Crafts Kids! Get crafty and make cool Christmas ornaments from recycled and natural materials. It’s fun to make your own decorations and good to know you’re helping the environment by reusing old card, paper, string, and plant material from the Gardens.
Saturdays 26th November and 3rd December

6-8yrs – Time: 11.00am – 12.00pm
8yrs & over – Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Cost: €5
Celebrating Christmas at Glasnevin
Sunday 11th December

Santa, Christmas Market, and much more! Savour the festive atmosphere and experience the spirit of Christmas with a free visit to Santa and his helpers in his hideaway in the Gardens. View our giant wreaths and stockup with seasonal goodies, treats, presents and assorted Christmas supplies at our special Christmas market. As you enjoy a stroll through the stalls listen out for some festive music along the way with our live choir. Ticketed event – Free tickets are available only on Sunday 11th December at the Visitor Centre. The Christmas Market is open all day. Visits to Santa run from 1.30pm. Calling all prospective stall holders. If you are interested in displaying your handmade wares, email us at eventsnationalbotanicgardens@opw.ie


Education Tours and Workshops for schools

Education Tours and Workshops for Schools
A variety of special themed guided tours and workshops are available free of charge to school groups. All school visits should be pre-booked at the Visitor Centre – (01) 8570909/ 8040319 Guided Tours available for booking throughout the school year for both primary and secondary level:
Primary Schools Tours
  • The Rainforest – Explore Ireland’s only tropical rainforest in the Great Palm House, and find out about plants from all over the world. Available year round
  • Irish Plants – Hear all about Irish plants and trees, their uses, folklore, and how to identify them. Visit the Viking House and find out what plants they grew for food, clothing, and shelter. Available year round
  • Tree-mendous trees – Discover the lives of our great trees – how they produce their food, survive the seasons, and help us in our daily lives. Available year round
  • Sculpture in Context Tours for Primary Schools – Throughout the Sculpture in Context exhibition, primary school groups can book a special guided tour of the gardens that includes some of the exciting sculptures both outdoors and in the gallery and glasshouse areas. Thursday 8th September – Friday 21st October
  • National Tree Day Tree walks for schools – Booking Essential! Hear some fascinating facts and tales about native and exotic trees alike, and also learn how to identify some of our most popular trees. Suitable for 1st class and up. Thursday 6th October
Primary Schools Workshops
  • Get Growing! Join us for a workshop in our new Education Garden. Make and plant your own newspaper pots to take home and get tips on what is best to plant in your school garden. Follow this with a special guided tour of the Gardens that includes a trip to Ireland’s only tropical rainforest and learn to identify some native trees along the way. Sept – Oct & Mar – May
  • Delve Deeper – Take a tour of the Gardens and collect samples with our intrepid guides before going back to the Visitor Centre to experiment with our special, user-friendly, handheld, digital microscopes. See what leaves, seeds, and even microscopic bugs look like close up! Available year round
  • Magical Plants – Join us in our brand new Education Garden for a seasonal look at some weird, wonderful and magical plants from around the world. From the famous wolfsbane of Harry Potter to the opium poppies of the Ancient Egyptians. From Oct to Nov
Primary Schools Trails
  • Plant Partners – Why not collect this self-guided trail and explore the intriguing world of plant and animal relationships. Year round
  • Food Trail – Our brand new food trail looks at some of our favourite Irish foods and some more unusual foods from around the world. Year round
  • Sculpture Trail – This trail will be available for the duration of the exhibition and will look at a few choice pieces in greater detail. 8th Sept – 21st Oct.
Second Level Guided Tours
  • Plant Adaptations – This guided walk will look at some of the amazing adaptive features our plants have adopted to cope with everything from predators, habitat loss and climate change.
  • Plants & Us – We all use plants in so many ways each day. This guided tour will focus on the wealth of products we gain from plants from lipstick and chewing gum to cotton and vanilla!
  • Trees, trees, trees– Discover the secret life of trees on this tour where we will talk about everything from the Irish ‘Clash of the Ash’ to Sierra Nevada’s giant fire-resistant Redwoods.
Workshops for Secondary Level
  • Delve Deeper – Take a tour of the gardens and collect samples with our intrepid guides before going back to the Visitor Centre to experiment with our special, user-friendly, handheld, digital microscopes. See what leaves, seeds, and even microscopic bugs look like close up!
  • Ecology Workshop – Explore the world of ecology while taking an expedition through the Gardens exploring ecological concepts such as nutrient cycling, climate and soil adaptation, and habitat structure. This workshop combines an interactive classroom session with a tour of the Garden’s native and exotic plants. It also features activities such as:
    • mapping woodland and hedgerow habitats
    • stepping from tropical to desert biomes to explore plant adaptations to the world’s climate and environmental factors
    • searching the garden’s amazing plant collection for fascinating living examples of ecological relationships such as competition, predation, parasitism, and symbiosis
    Students will also get a rare chance to study plants at the centre of real conservation projects, and even see rare plants that are extinct in the wild. This workshop is based on the curriculum needs of the Leaving Cert Biology Sub-Unit General Principles of Ecology, but will also cover other aspects of the Leaving Cert Biology and Geography Curricula.
  • Magical Plants – Join us in our brand new Education Garden for a seasonal look at some weird, wonderful and magical plants from around the world. From the famous wolfsbane of Harry Potter to the opium poppies of the Ancient Egyptians. From Oct to Nov
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