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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: July 14, 2015

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

Irish Patchwork Society Exhibition
Hands Across the Border 2015
Wednesday 1st July - Monday 3rd August

The joint biennial exhibition of the Northern Ireland Patchwork Guild and the Irish Patchwork Society takes place in the National Botanic Gardens during the month of July. The quilts in this exhibition - each in their own unique way focused on the central theme of ‘Reflection’ – are a visual feast. Using a fusion of textiles, art and stories of human experience, presented in a literal patchwork of colours, textures and fabrics, we invite you to join us and engage your senses and imagination as you view a fantastic display of skill. During the exhibition a series of free workshops will be hosted by the IPS for both adults and children.
Daily in the Gallery space, Visitor Centre
Sweet Pea Show
Saturday 18th July and Sunday 19th July

The Gardens are delighted to host the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Annual Sweet Pea show. This is your opportunity to see a display of Sweet Pea grown on ‘cordons’ by the leading growers in the country. On Saturday morning over a dozen growers will arrive in the Teak House to transform it into a Sweet Pea Wonderland before the plants are judged, and from midday all are welcome to view the prizewinning sweet peas.
Times: Saturday 12.30pm - 5.30pm, Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sculpture in Context, Annual Show
Thursday 3rd September - Friday 16th October

Sculpture in Context is Ireland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, offering an unparalleled opportunity to view Ireland’s well established and most promising future artists showing new work. The sculptures will be displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House and Curvilinear Range, with the smaller works exhibited in the in the gallery in the Visitors Centre. On Saturdays throughout the exhibition, you will have a rare opportunity to join the artists for a guided tour through the exhibits.
Daily outdoors and in the Visitor Centre

Lectures, Tours & Other Events



Adult Workshops – Discover the fun of Patchwork
Irish Patchwork Society
Thursdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th July

Join the experts from the Irish Patchwork Society in this beginners workshop, which will give an introduction to simple patchwork techniques. Participants will get the opportunity to work on a small piece of handwork. This workshop is for Grown Ups only!
Time: 3.00pm
Admission Free
Booking essential
Children’s Workshops – Make your own Patchwork bags
Irish Patchwork Society
Tuesday 14th July

The Irish Patchwork Society is pleased to present a number of workshops for children during the Hands Across the Border exhibition. In a two hour session children will learn how to piece a patchwork block and then use it to construct a lined bag, using a sewing machine. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years.
Time: 11.00 - 1.00pm
Admission Free
Booking essential
Adult Workshops – Discover the fun of Patchwork
Irish Patchwork Society
Thursday 16th July

Join the experts from the Irish Patchwork Society in this beginners workshop, which will give an introduction to simple patchwork techniques. Participants will get the opportunity to work on a small piece of handwork. This workshop is for Grown Ups only!
Time: 3.00pm
Admission Free
Booking essential
Children’s Event – Pond dipping
Saturday 18th July

A fun event exploring the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini beasts living in and around the pond at the Botanic Gardens. This workshop is suitable for children age 8 upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Admission Free. Booking Essential
Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Children’s Art Camp
Niamh Synnott
20th-24th July

Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s art week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.
Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: €50. Booking essential
Children’s Workshops – Make your own Patchwork bags
Irish Patchwork Society
Tuesday 21st July

The Irish Patchwork Society is pleased to present a number of workshops for children during the Hands Across the Border exhibition. In a two hour session children will learn how to piece a patchwork block and then use it to construct a lined bag, using a sewing machine. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years.
Time: 11.00 - 1.00pm
Admission Free
Booking essential
Adult Workshops – Discover the fun of Patchwork
Irish Patchwork Society
Thursday 23rd July

Join the experts from the Irish Patchwork Society in this beginners workshop, which will give an introduction to simple patchwork techniques. Participants will get the opportunity to work on a small piece of handwork. This workshop is for Grown Ups only!
Time: 3.00pm
Admission Free
Booking essential
Plant Partners
From Thursday 23rd July

Explore the many remarkable ways animals use plants for their survival. Pick up your free trail at the Education & Visitor Centre and embark on a self-guided discovery of the natural world.
Guided Walk: Scent-sational - A story of perfume and pollinators
Saturday 25th July

A heady tour of the most fragrant summer flowers including a brief history of perfume, from the rose to the oakmoss lichen, which is valued in perfumery as a fixative base. Plants do not produce their scent just for our pleasure, but to entice pollinators and give chemical warning signals. Join us and find out how plants use scent to exploit animals to their advantage.
Time: 2.30pm. €5 per person.
Meet at the Education & Visitor Centre
Physics in the Gardens
Sunday 26th July

Physics Busking, is a national initiative to promote awareness and engagement by the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In partnership with the Institute of Physics and Dublin City University they will be bringing fun for all the family to the Gardens. Be amazed by demonstrations of Archimedes Law of Forces shown with a tug of war, Bernoulli's Law for Fluid Flow with giant windbags, Faraday's Law of Induction shown with a simple motor, vortex blower, musical straws, windmills and rockets and much, much more. Spend a couple of minutes and "Make n Take" a simple musical instrument and other toys. You can download lots of science videos and booklets from www.scienceonstage.ie. For further information see www.physicsbusking.ie
Time: 12.00 - 5.00pm
Children’s Workshops – Make your own Patchwork bags
Irish Patchwork Society
Tuesday 28th July

The Irish Patchwork Society is pleased to present a number of workshops for children during the Hands Across the Border exhibition. In a two hour session children will learn how to piece a patchwork block and then use it to construct a lined bag, using a sewing machine. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years.
Time: 11.00 - 1.00pm
Admission Free
Booking essential
Adult Workshops – Discover the fun of Patchwork
Irish Patchwork Society
Thursday 30th July

Join the experts from the Irish Patchwork Society in this beginners workshop, which will give an introduction to simple patchwork techniques. Participants will get the opportunity to work on a small piece of handwork. This workshop is for Grown Ups only!
Time: 3.00pm
Admission Free
Booking essential


August
Budding Botanist - Flower Pressing Workshop
Wednesday 5th August and 19th August

Kids! Get great tips from the experts and you too can be a plant collector. Join us on an expedition through the gardens identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your own flower press and starting your very own dried plant collection.
Time: 2.30pm
Admission Free. Booking essential
Children’s Art Camp
Niamh Synnott
Monday 10th - Friday 14th August

Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s art week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.
Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: €50. Booking essential
Children’s Event – Pond dipping
Saturday 22nd August

A fun event exploring the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini beasts living in and around the pond at the Botanic Gardens. This workshop is suitable for children age 8 upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Admission Free. Booking Essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Heritage Week Events
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 30th August


Music in the Gardens - Traditional Irish Music with Mick O’Brien and family.
Sunday 23rd August

Explore your heritage with this family of multi instrumentalists as they play the uilleann pipes, banjo, low whistle, violin and more in a rousing repertoire of traditional Irish music. Mick will also share stories on the history of traditional Irish music and instruments.
Time: 2.30pm in the Gallery of the visitor Centre
Guided Tour: Trees are our Heritage
Sunday 23rd and 30th August

Join us to discover some of the amazing native and nonnative trees growing in the Gardens and find out some interesting facts about trees (from biodiversity to folklore to economic). This walk will be suitable for family groups.
Time: 3.00pm.
Meet at the Visitor Centre
The Viking House & Garden
Monday 24th- Sunday 30th August

The Viking House is open! Come inside and find out what plant materials they used for building, crafts and food, and what they grew in their gardens.
Time: 2.30pm- 4.30pm
Irish Roots - Walking through the Gardens Past
Saturday 29th August

Plant-hunters, botanists, poets, and philosophers have all been associated with the Gardens. Join us for this history-themed tour showcasing the rich heritage that is the National Botanic Gardens.
Time: 3.00pm.
Meet at the Education & Visitor Centre



Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Located in east County Wicklow, the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh is the centrepiece of an 18th century estate and is today famous for its conifers, rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants.
Kilmacurragh is located about 1 hours drive south of Dublin off the N11. For directions see map below.
Free Guided Tours will be held twice daily from April onwards until the middle of October at 12.00pm and 3.00pm.
Please check the website or locally for seasonally themed guided tours.
Group tours should be pre-booked.
For all events, meet at the car park entrance to the Gardens.
Further information: 0404 48844


Events and Workshops for Children

Children’s Garden Trails
Events for Children

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 ‘Plants Under Cover’ glasshouse trail and a ‘Plant Passport’ trail that introduces plants from all around the world.
Children’s Event – Pond dipping
Saturdays 23rd May, 20th June, 18th July, 22nd August

A fun event exploring the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini beasts living in and around the pond at the Botanic Gardens. This workshop is suitable for children age 8 upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre Admission Free. booking essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Childrens Art Camp
Niamh Synnott
20th-24th July and 10th-4th August

Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s art week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.
Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm - 4.00pm Cost: €50. booking essential
Children’s Workshops: – Make your own Patchwork bags
Irish Patchwork Society
Tuesdays 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th July

The Irish Patchwork Society is pleased to present a number of workshops for children during the Hands Across the Border exhibition. In a two hour session children will learn how to piece a patchwork block and then use it to construct a lined bag, using a sewing machine. Suitable for children aged 8 to 12 years.
Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm Admission free. booking essential
Budding Botanist - Flower Pressing Workshop
Wednesday 5th August and 19th August

Kids! Get great tips from the experts and you too can be a plant collector. Join us on an expedition through the gardens identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your own flower press and starting your very own dried plant collection.
Time: 2.30pm Admission Free. booking essential


Education workshops for schools

Education workshops for schools
  • Join a Get Growing workshop in the Education Garden. Suitable for primary schools.
  • Delve Deeper, discover the microscopic lives of plants with our special hand held microscopes. Suitable for primary and up to Junior Cert science.
  • Sustainability - What’s that? Interactive workshop exploring the principles of sustainability, biodiversity, plant conservation and the importance of plants in our lives. Covering aspects of geography, science and CSPE curriculum. Suitable for second level students.

All education workshops must be booked in advance. For further details please phone 01 857 0909.
Extended programme also available in partnership with the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun. All education workshops are free of charge but must be booked in
Teachers Training

Summer course for Primary Teachers: 1st - 7th July (excluding weekend). This popular teachers course is returning! Learn all about the outdoor classroom and how best to use the gardens as a teaching resource. Training includes seashore ecology and wild plant identification field trips along with special behind the scenes tours in the National Botanic Gardens. For further details and booking contact: acourseoutdoors@gmail.com
Guided Tours

Special themed tours of the gardens and the glasshouses. Learn all about the fascinating world of plants! Explore Irelands only tropical rainforest, learn about our native plants, their uses and mythology or find out how plants survive in the desert. Discover the importance of plants and the role they play in our lives through our special themed tours geared specially for kids. Suitable for primary and second level groups.
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