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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: May 6, 2017

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: Secrets of the Fertile Rock
Wednesday 5th April - Wednesday 31st May

The Burren is unique. A limestone plateau on the Atlantic edge, its dazzlingly complex history gives rise to an endless variety of landscape forms. Colonised by myriad wildflowers including Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean species, and modified by humans over many millennia, the Burren stands today as a landscape unrivalled in Ireland, its biodiversity bringing it worldwide renown. Enduring yet fragile, both protected and threatened, the Burren’s many treasures highlight the importance of conservation of our natural heritage.
This collaborative exhibition explores this heritage through a variety of interpreters including botanical artist Susan Sex and photographer Mark O’Callaghan who has worked as a guide at the Burren National Park.
Daily in the Gallery Space of the Visitor Centre
Dublin Orchid Fair
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April

A wide variety of orchids will be on display during the annual Dublin Orchid Fair, being held in the Teak House. This event is of interest to both beginner and accomplished growers and will provide an opportunity to source orchids, sundries, and books. As part of the fair there will be talks on growing orchids and a tour of the Glasnevin orchid collection.
Daily in the Teak House
An Óige, Annual Photography Exhibition
Wednesday 21st - Sunday 2nd July

This Annual Photography Exhibition, now in its 79th year, is organised by An Óige Photographic Group. It features a wide range of prize-winning images for 2017, including a section exploring the National Botanic Gardens.
Daily in the Gallery Space of the Visitor Centre
Exhibition: Hidden Treasures of the Museum Collection
Wednesday 5th July - 27th August

The National Botanic Gardens holds a remarkable museum collection of plant products and plant-derived artefacts. This collection was established in 1853 by David Moore, Curator of the Gardens from 1838-1879, with support from the Royal Dublin Society. The collection was originally housed in a prefabricated iron house, and later in the Natural History Museum, before being returned to the Gardens in 1970. These donations, along with many individual acquisitions from all over the world, have created a rich and diverse collection of almost 6,000 artefacts and plant specimens. Rarely on public display, these objects are stored in the National Herbarium. A selection of this unusual collection will be on display during the summer months.
Daily in the Gallery Space of the Visitor Centre
Sculpture in Context
Thursday 7th September - Friday 20th October

Sculpture in Context is Ireland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition. Now in its 16th year at the Gardens, it offers an unparalleled space to view well-established and promising up-and-coming artists both from Ireland and abroad. Each year, an independent panel of selectors is invited to adjudicate this open exhibition, resulting in an exciting mix of mediums and styles.
The Gardens are not only a botanical haven and quiet oasis on the outskirts of a modern European city; they are also a challenging venue giving the artists the rare freedom to realise large-scale work. It also gives the public an opportunity to ramble and explore, sometimes finding sculptures in the most unusual places. The sculptures will be displayed throughout the gardens, ponds, Great Palm House and Curvilinear Range, with smaller works exhibited in the Gallery in the Visitor Centre.
Daily throughout the Gardens and Visitor Centre

Lectures, Tours & Other Events

Daily Guided Walks in May: Bloomin’ Summer

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when many flowers are in full bloom is a magnificent experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design and history of the stunning Herbaceous Border, annual and bedding displays, the Rose Garden and much more.
Times: Monday - Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, free of charge.

Lecture: Burren Beo
Brigid Barry
Wednesday 3rd May

Burrenbeo Trust is an independent landscape charity which is committed to connecting people and place, and to helping us all identify ways in which we can all care for these sites. It currently has over 50 programmes in education, information provision, active conservation, research and advocacy. The organisation is a leading advocate for place-based learning and community stewardship in Ireland; it is happy to share its model where applicable. Speaker Brigid Barry has been the Manager of the Burrenbeo Trust since soon after its inception in 2009.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre
Workshop: Beginner’s Photography with Eamon O’Daly of the Outdoor Studio
Eamon O’Daly
Friday 5th May

The three-day workshop (5th, 12th & 19th May) 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 or call 01 849 2572
Garden Drop by Demo: Edible Window boxes
Saturday 6th May

Thinking of growing summer salads yet stuck for space? Why not start a miniature kitchen garden in your windowsill? Join gardener Niamh Donohoe at this drop-by demo and find out how to grow and tend to choice salads and herbs that thrive in boxes.
Time: 2.30pm. The Erasmus Garden
Orchid Potting Workshop
Saturday 6th May

All are welcome to join this orchid potting workshop. Orchid compost will also available for purchase. Choose either the morning or afternoon time slot. Numbers are limited so book early!  
Times: 10.30am and 2pm
Price: €20 per person, mail info@irishorchidsociety.org if you would like to book a place at either time slot.
Organised with the Irish Orchid Society
Themed Guided Walk: The Silk Road
Saturday 6th May

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that wound through China to the Mediterranean Sea. Though silk was the major trade item, many other plant derived goods were exported along this route, such as cotton and wine. Hear the fascinating tales surrounding the uses and folklore of these plants while also catching some of our most beautiful Chinese plants at their best. May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other Chinese plants in full bloom.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Creative Craft Workshop: Paper and book making
Ditte Kummer O’Connor
Sunday 7th May

Ditte Kummer O’Connor, graphic designer, artist 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 session (7th May), you will learn how to make your own hand-made paper from pulp, with inclusions from the Botanic Gardens, and become familiar with the centuries-old art of paper marbling and paste paper making. After the demonstrations there will be time to have a go yourself. Handouts will be provided. In the second session (14th May), you will create 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: 10.30am - 1.30pm
€60 for both workshops.
Booking Essential.
Workshop: Beginner’s Photography with Eamon O’Daly of the Outdoor Studio
Eamon O’Daly
N.B. Deferred to a later date due to Garden's closure (was Friday 12th May)

The three-day workshop (5th, 12th & 19th May) 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 or call 01 849 2572
Themed Guided Walk: The Silk Road
Saturday 13th May

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that wound through China to the Mediterranean Sea. Though silk was the major trade item, many other plant derived goods were exported along this route, such as cotton and wine. Hear the fascinating tales surrounding the uses and folklore of these plants while also catching some of our most beautiful Chinese plants at their best. May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other Chinese plants in full bloom.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Gardening Workshop: Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production
Saturday 13th May

Join Klaus Laitenberger, for presentations and practical demonstrations on seed sowing and soil evaluation, a question and answer session, and a walk through our amazing Organic Vegetable Garden. During this comprehensive workshop, Klaus will outline the basics of soil fertility management, propagation, crop planning and variety selection, as well as how to prevent pests, diseases and weeds organically.
Time: TBA
Course cost €30 pp or free to those who are unemployed (limited places)
Booking or enquiries via National Organic Training Skillnet.Phone:0719640688
www.nots.ie Email info@nots.ie
Children’s Workshop: Budding Artists
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 13th May

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 Workshop: Hardy Annuals
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 13th May

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
Creative Craft Workshop: Paper and book making
Ditte Kummer O’Connor
Sunday 14th May

Ditte Kummer O’Connor, graphic designer, artist 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 session (7th May), you will learn how to make your own hand-made paper from pulp, with inclusions from the Botanic Gardens, and become familiar with the centuries-old art of paper marbling and paste paper making. After the demonstrations there will be time to have a go yourself. Handouts will be provided. In the second session (14th May), you will create 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: 10.30am - 1.30pm
€60 for both workshops.
Booking Essential.
Evening Lecture: Birds of the Mountaintop
Sinead Cummins
Thursday 18th May

Sinead Cummins of BirdWatch Ireland will showcase many of Ireland’s most enigmatic birds which inhabit some of our wildest landscapes. From the spectacular aerial ‘skydancing’ of hen harriers, to the melodic song of the skylark, to the cry of our breeding curlew, our mountains are home to many resident and migrant birds. Yet many of our upland birds are species of high conservation concern and they are increasingly under threat from changes to this wild and beautiful landscape. 
Time: 8.00pm in the Visitor Centre
?Organised with BirdWatch Ireland
Workshop: Beginner’s Photography with Eamon O’Daly of the Outdoor Studio
Eamon O’Daly
Friday 19th May

The three-day workshop (5th, 12th & 19th May) 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 or call 01 849 2572
Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Saturday 20th May

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden life of ponds you will never look at them the same way again!
Time: 11.00am. Admission Free.
Booking Essential.
This workshop is suitable for children age 8 and upwards.

Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Themed Guided Walk: The Silk Road
Saturday 20th May

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that wound through China to the Mediterranean Sea. Though silk was the major trade item, many other plant derived goods were exported along this route, such as cotton and wine. Hear the fascinating tales surrounding the uses and folklore of these plants while also catching some of our most beautiful Chinese plants at their best. May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other Chinese plants in full bloom.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Lecture: Spiders, Bees and Helleborines – Irish orchids in the Burren and beyond
Brendan Sayers
Thursday 25th May

Ireland is home to 30 species of orchid, some common, some rare. Due to its varied microhabitats, the Burren has a mix of species difficult to find growing side by side anywhere else on the island. This illustrated talk by renowned author and glasshouse foreman of the National Botanic Gardens, Brendan Sayers, will tell the individual stories of these enigmatic plants.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanist – Collecting and Pressing Flowers
Saturday 27th May

Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press. If you like, you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Themed Guided Walk: The Silk Road
Saturday 27th May

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that wound through China to the Mediterranean Sea. Though silk was the major trade item, many other plant derived goods were exported along this route, such as cotton and wine. Hear the fascinating tales surrounding the uses and folklore of these plants while also catching some of our most beautiful Chinese plants at their best. May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other Chinese plants in full bloom.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person

Daily Guided Walks in June: Bloomin’ Summer

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when many flowers are in full bloom is a magnificent experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design and history of the stunning Herbaceous Border, annual and bedding displays, the Rose Garden and much more.
Times: Monday - Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, free of charge.

Themed Guided Walk: The Bush Telegraph – Do Plants Communicate?
Saturday 3rd June

Animals including humans interpret the world with their senses, but can we assign the same perceptive abilities to plants? Recent research has shown that plants are aware of and engaged with their surroundings, taking a more active role in their self-preservation than previously imagined. Experiments carried out in recent years have uncovered phenomena such as the 'wood wide web', a fungal network present amongst the roots of plants, and how some plants are apt to 'eavesdrop' on the circumstances of their neighbours. This tour will explore the different ways in which plants sense and respond to the world around them, and examine the most recent and sometimes surprising research on the subject.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person

Children’s Workshop: Budding Artists
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 10th June

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 Workshop: Hardy Annuals
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 10th June

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 Bush Telegraph – Do Plants Communicate?
Saturday 10th June

Animals including humans interpret the world with their senses, but can we assign the same perceptive abilities to plants? Recent research has shown that plants are aware of and engaged with their surroundings, taking a more active role in their self-preservation than previously imagined. Experiments carried out in recent years have uncovered phenomena such as the 'wood wide web', a fungal network present amongst the roots of plants, and how some plants are apt to 'eavesdrop' on the circumstances of their neighbours. This tour will explore the different ways in which plants sense and respond to the world around them, and examine the most recent and sometimes surprising research on the subject.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person

Drop-by Demo: Terrariums
Saturday 10th June

Come along to this drop-by demo and discover the miniature world of terrariums. From miniature rainforests to desert landscapes in a fishbowl, you’ll learn all you need to know about planting and maintaining your very own terrarium.
Time: 2.30pm. The Erasmus Garden
Afternoon Lecture: Greta’s Herbs
Greta McCarthy O’Brien
Wednesday 14th June

In celebration of her recently launched book, Greta McCarthy O’Brien shares the knowledge gathered from 20 years’ experience growing herbs on the Dingle Peninsula. Equipped with a keen eye for design, she will describe how a variety of herbs can be grown to blend in beautifully with your ornamental garden, and how herbs and edible flowers can be used to add flair to food presentation.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre

Great Music in Irish Houses: The Heath Quartet
Friday 16th June

The Great Music in Irish Houses Festival returns to the National Botanic Gardens for a summer evening concert with the charismatic Heath Quartet.  Featuring music by Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, these dynamic musicians will perform an exciting programme of chamber music greats against a verdant backdrop.
Time: 8.00pm
Tickets: €30/€25
For bookings go to
www.greatmusicinirishhouses.com
Themed Guided Walk: The Bush Telegraph – Do Plants Communicate?
Saturday 17th June

Animals including humans interpret the world with their senses, but can we assign the same perceptive abilities to plants? Recent research has shown that plants are aware of and engaged with their surroundings, taking a more active role in their self-preservation than previously imagined. Experiments carried out in recent years have uncovered phenomena such as the 'wood wide web', a fungal network present amongst the roots of plants, and how some plants are apt to 'eavesdrop' on the circumstances of their neighbours. This tour will explore the different ways in which plants sense and respond to the world around them, and examine the most recent and sometimes surprising research on the subject.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person

Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Saturday 17th June

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden life of ponds you will never look at them the same way again!
Time: 11.00am.
Admission Free.
Booking Essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Family Drop by Demo: Become a Windowsill Gardener
Sunday 18th June

Learn to grow mini salads and sprouting shoots without soil! Microgreens are the small leafy sprouts of various edible plants. Packed with nutrients, they are quick to grow and especially great for kids to become little green thumbs. Join us to learn how you can grow these delicious greens very easily and all year long in your own home.
Time: 2.30pm. The Erasmus Garden

An Óige Annual Photography Exhibition.
Wednesday 21st June – Sunday 2nd July

This annual photography exhibition, now in its 79th year, is organised by An Óige Photographic Group. It features a wide range of prize-winning images for 2017, including a section exploring the National Botanic Gardens.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanist – Collecting and Pressing Flowers
Saturday 24th June

Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how to become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press. If you like you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Children’s Workshop: Creative Seed Bombs
Sunday 25th June

Bring your young ones to this fun and mucky workshop! We’ll talk about the importance of native plants and make up some creative seed bombs, which can later be used to germinate colourful flowers. Don’t wear your good clothes!
Time:2.30pm.
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Themed Guided Walk: The Bush Telegraph – Do Plants Communicate?
Saturday 27th June

Animals including humans interpret the world with their senses, but can we assign the same perceptive abilities to plants? Recent research has shown that plants are aware of and engaged with their surroundings, taking a more active role in their self-preservation than previously imagined. Experiments carried out in recent years have uncovered phenomena such as the 'wood wide web', a fungal network present amongst the roots of plants, and how some plants are apt to 'eavesdrop' on the circumstances of their neighbours. This tour will explore the different ways in which plants sense and respond to the world around them, and examine the most recent and sometimes surprising research on the subject.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person


Daily Guided Walks in July: Bloomin’ Summer

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when the flowers are in full bloom is a magnificent experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design and history of the stunning Herbaceous Border, Annual and Bedding Displays, the Rose Garden and much more.
Times: Monday - Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, free of charge.

Themed Guided Walk: Brewing Botanicals
Saturday 1st July

Since ancient times people have been brewing, distilling and fermenting a dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and even fungi. Hear the fascinating tales behind many of the concoctions that have been created, each one a unique contribution to the traditions and culture of peoples across the world.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Teacher’s Summer Course: A Course Outdoors
Monday 3rd July – Friday 7th July

This popular accredited course is designed for primary school teachers and focuses on the outdoor classroom. It includes behind-the-scenes tours, seashore ecology and native plant identification field trips.

For further details and booking contact: acourseoutdoors@gmail.com
Talk and Tasting: From field to glass;
Wolf Brewing company
Tuesday 4th July

Join craft beer makers from Wicklow, Wolf Brewing company, for an evening, to discover how their craft beer is made. With their own hop farm nestled on the shoulders of the Wicklow Mountains, growing eight varieties of hops and over 1,500 plants, they brew a special "Wet Hopped Beer" ale using the hops straight off the bines which gives an extra level of character to the beer.
Time: 7.00pm, in the Teak House
Limited availability
Booking Essential
Exhibition: Hidden Treasures of the Museum Collection
Wednesday 5th July – 27th August

The National Botanic Gardens holds a remarkable museum collection of plant products and plant-derived artefacts. This collection was established in 1853 by David Moore, Curator of the Gardens from 1838-1879, with support from the Royal Dublin Society. The collection was originally housed in a prefabricated iron house, and later in the Natural History Museum, before being returned to the Gardens in 1970. These donations, along with many individual acquisitions from all over the world, have created a rich and diverse collection of almost 6,000 artefacts and plant specimens. Rarely on public display, these objects are stored in the National Herbarium. A selection of this unusual collection will be on display during the summer months.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre
Children’s Workshop: Origami
Saturday 8th July

Come and get creative with paper at our new children's origami workshop, and learn about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Did you know ‘Ori’ means fold and ‘Kami’ means paper? Having mastered the basics of this elegant art, you can then transform a sheet of paper into something exciting like an animal, tree or flower. Materials supplied.
Time: 2.30pm.
Cost €5 per child.
Booking Essential (Suitable for ages 8 to 12)
Themed Guided Walk: Brewing Botanicals
Saturday 8th July

Since ancient times people have been brewing, distilling and fermenting a dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and even fungi. Hear the fascinating tales behind many of the concoctions that have been created, each one a unique contribution to the traditions and culture of peoples across the world.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanist – Collecting and Pressing Flowers
Wednesday 12th July

Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how to become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press. If you like you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Themed Guided Walk: Brewing Botanicals
Saturday 15th July

Since ancient times people have been brewing, distilling and fermenting a dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and even fungi. Hear the fascinating tales behind many of the concoctions that have been created, each one a unique contribution to the traditions and culture of peoples across the world.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Children’s Art Camp
Niamh Synnott
Monday 17th – Friday 21st 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.
Time: Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Time: Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: €60.
Booking Essential.
Festival of Curiosity
Thursday 20th – Sunday 23rd July

Celebrating The Festival of Curiosity, we are hosting some fascinating events:
Adults’ Guided Walk: Biomimicry
Saturday 22nd July

Did you know that the idea for Velcro was sparked by a seed head? Can you guess which plants were responsible for the creation of waterproof paint? Join us on this fascinating tour and find out how scientists are inspired by nature to create ingenious new inventions.
Time: 2.30pm Meet at the Visitor Centre.
€5 per person.
Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Saturday 22nd July

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden life of ponds you will never look at them the same way again!
Time: 11.00am.
Admission Free.
Booking Essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Sweet Pea Show
Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd 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. From midday on Saturday all are welcome to view the prizewinning sweet peas.
Times: Saturday 12.30pm - 5.30pm, Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Organised with the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
Family Workshop: Delve Deeper
Sunday 23rd July

A fun drop-by event for the whole family. Experiment with our special hand held digital microscopes. See what leaves, seeds and even tiny bugs look like up-close!
Time: 2.30pm. Visitor Centre
Themed Guided Walk: Brewing Botanicals
Saturday 29th July

Since ancient times people have been brewing, distilling and fermenting a dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and even fungi. Hear the fascinating tales behind many of the concoctions that have been created, each one a unique contribution to the traditions and culture of peoples across the world.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person

Daily Guided Walks in August: Bloomin’ Summer

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when the flowers are in full bloom is a magnificent experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design and history of the stunning Herbaceous Border, annual and bedding displays, the Rose Garden and much more.
Times: Monday - Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 per person
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, free of charge.

Guided Walk: Edible Trees
Saturday 5th August

Join us to find out how trees provide many of our commonly eaten fruits: apples and pears from temperate climates and exotic delights like avocados and bananas from the tropics. As well as fruit, trees provide us with edible nuts, seeds, leaves, shoots, buds, bark, roots, pith and sap. Learn a little about these aspects and listen to some fascinating stories about our edible trees and the impact they have on our lives.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanist – Collecting and Pressing Flowers
Wednesday 9th August

Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how to become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens, identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press. If you like you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Guided Walk: Edible Trees
Saturday 12th August

Join us to find out how trees provide many of our commonly eaten fruits: apples and pears from temperate climates and exotic delights like avocados and bananas from the tropics. As well as fruit, trees provide us with edible nuts, seeds, leaves, shoots, buds, bark, roots, pith and sap. Learn a little about these aspects and listen to some fascinating stories about our edible trees and the impact they have on our lives.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Children’s Art Camp
Niamh Synnott
Monday 14th – Friday 18th 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.
Time: Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am - 12.30pm
Time: Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Cost: €60.
Booking Essential.
Gastronomy Tour – A Taste of the Gardens
The Market Kitchen Café
Thursday 17th August

The National Botanic Gardens contains an abundance of plants from around the world. On a conventional tour, we savour the sights, sounds and scents of the Gardens. For this exceptional evening event we present the tastes of the Gardens.
The taste tour will encompass plants from across the globe. Featuring Viking-inspired draughts, strange fruits and enticing fusion cuisine, both exotic and native species will be represented. As you savour the carefully curated recipes, we will describe the cultural uses and fascinating properties of the plants you are tasting.
Please note that most of our tasting stops will be al fresco, so dress appropriately for the weather. Over-18s only as we will be serving small amounts of alcohol.
Time: 7.00pm.
Booking Essential. The cost is €25 per person. Limited tickets available.
Organised with The Market Kitchen Café, Temple Bar Food Market
National Heritage Week 2017 – ‘Get in touch with Ireland’s nature’
Heritage Week Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th August


Guided Walk: Edible Trees
Saturday 19th August

Join us to find out how trees provide many of our commonly eaten fruits: apples and pears from temperate climates and exotic delights like avocados and bananas from the tropics. As well as fruit, trees provide us with edible nuts, seeds, leaves, shoots, buds, bark, roots, pith and sap. Learn a little about these aspects and listen to some fascinating stories about our edible trees and the impact they have on our lives.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Busy Bee Trail:
Saturday19th – Sunday 27th August

We’re on a National Heritage Week buzz here at the Gardens! Try our brand new Pollinator Trail and get in touch with nature.
Children’s Workshop: Build your own mini bug hotel
Monday 21st August

Our gardens are filled with many beneficial insects like ladybirds, lacewings and beetles which help protect and pollinate our flowers. This creative drop-by workshop for kids will make use of natural materials to create cosy homes for these creepy crawling guests!
Time: 2.30pm.
Free event but
Booking Essential.
Lecture: Plant Hunters in Petticoats – a history of Irish women in botany
Charlotte Salter-Townshend
Tuesday 22nd August

As part of National Heritage Week, guide Charlotte Salter-Townshend will highlight the accomplishments of women who, despite the odds, blazed a trail in botany. In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, it was deemed fitting for ladies to collect and depict natural objects. This allowed women to make significant contributions to natural science, despite general disadvantages in education, promotion and attire. Featured are Ellen Hutchins, Ireland’s first female botanist, Matilda Knowles, the first female curator of the National Herbarium and Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, who collected plants in Burma. The talk will be illustrated with photographs, artwork and displays by the women discussed.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre
Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Wednesday 23rd August

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden life of ponds you will never look at them the same way again!
Time: 11.00am.
Admission Free.
Booking Essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Children’s Workshop: Origami
Thursday 24th August

Come and get creative with paper at our new children's origami workshop and learn about the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Did you know ‘Ori’ means fold and ‘Kami’ means paper? Having mastered the basics of this elegant art, you can then transform a sheet of paper into something exciting like an animal, tree or flower. Materials supplied.
Time: 2.30pm.
Cost €5 per child.
Booking Essential (Suitable for ages 8 to 12)
Guided Walk: Edible Trees
Saturday 26th August

Join us to find out how trees provide many of our commonly eaten fruits: apples and pears from temperate climates and exotic delights like avocados and bananas from the tropics. As well as fruit, trees provide us with edible nuts, seeds, leaves, shoots, buds, bark, roots, pith and sap. Learn a little about these aspects and listen to some fascinating stories about our edible trees and the impact they have on our lives.
Time: 2.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre
€5 per person


Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Located in Kilbride, east Co. Wicklow (Junction 18 on the N11), National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, is the centrepiece of an eighteenth-century estate and is famous for its conifers, rhododendrons, meadows, and double-borders.
Free, guided tours are held twice daily from Thursday 16th of March until the middle of October at 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Don’t miss the fabulous Rhododendron Walks Saturdays and Sundays from 25th March to 30th April.
The Acton Tea rooms are open all year round. Picnics are permitted at the designated picnic tables. Group tours should be pre-booked. Meet at the car park entrance to the Gardens for all events.
At other times of the year call the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Tree Walks for Tree Week
Sundays 5th and 12th and Saturday 11th March

Kilmacurragh has an interesting range of trees including towering old Rhododendrons, an amazing Magnolia campbellii and ancient yews and oaks. In celebration of National Tree Week, join us for a guided walk exploring these fabulous trees at Kilmacurragh.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet at the Car Park
Rhododendron Walks
Daily from Sunday 26th March

Come and take part in a most memorable experience, walking through the gardens of Kilmacurragh as the beautiful old rhododendron trees burst into blossom.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet at the Car Park
Family Event: Garden Bird Safari
Glynn Anderson
Sunday 23rd April

Join author and Botanic Gardens Head Guide Glynn Anderson for a guided bird walk, uncovering the rich bird life of the Gardens. On a lucky day you may be fortunate enough to spot a red kite. If you have them, be sure to bring your binoculars for a closer look!
Time: 10.30am. Meet in Kilmacurragh Car Park. Admission Free,
Advance Booking Essential Call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie
Guided Walk: Oriental Blossoms
Saturdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th May

Many of the flowering plants that we grow in our gardens today originated in China and the Far East. Come along to discover some common and unusual plants with far reaching roots in distant continents.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet at the Car Park.
Guided Walk: In celebration of a Great Plantsman
Sunday 25th June - July 2nd

Joseph Hooker was one of the most famous botanists and plant collectors of the nineteenth century. He was also Director at Kew Gardens for over twenty years. June 30th marks the bicentenary of his birth and to celebrate this wonderful plantsman’s life, we will run tours with an emphasis on Hooker plants in the Kilmacurragh collection.
Daily at 3.00pm. Meet at the Car Park
Guided Walk: The Meadows and Me
Saturdays in June, July and August

Join our expert guides on a stroll through the summer meadows. From wild Irish orchids to yellow rattle, discover the many wonderful plants that are growing in our regenerated meadows.
Time:2.30pm. Meet at the Car Park


Workshops and Activities for Children


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' – Discover the amazing interactions between plants and animals
  • 'The Food Trail' – Find common and curious foods from around the world
  • From the 5th of March onwards the new Bark and Native Tree Trails will be available to pick up at the Visitor Centre during open hours. Beidh leagan Gaeilge ann freisin, ar fáil ag an deasc san Ionad Cúairteóiri ar feadh Seachtain na Gaeilge!
  • 'The Native Trail' – Explore our native plant collections (also available as Gaeilge)
Launch of National Tree Week 2017
Sunday 5th March

Call into our children’s garden for fun, free tree activities for families. Try our twig twinning challenge, do some bark rubbing and check out how old our tree stumps are by counting the tree rings and learn fun ways of measuring how tall a tree is! Kids can make their own pots and plant up a seedling tree to take home and take care of. For further details on National Tree Week see www.treecouncil.ie
Time: from 2.00pm.
Organised with the Tree Council of Ireland.

Family event: Garden Bird Safari
Glynn Anderson
Wednesdays 12th & Sunday 30th April

Join author and Botanic Gardens guide Glynn Anderson for a guided bird walk. Come and discover what birds live in the gardens. If you have binoculars, bring them along and see what you can spot.
Time 10.00am. Admission free. Advance Booking Essential. 01 8570909
Budding Artists
Niamh Synnott
11th March, 8th April, 13th May, 10th June

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
Hardy Annuals
Niamh Synnott
11th March, 8th April, 13th May, 10th June

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
Children’s Art Camp
Niamh Synnott
Monday 17th - Friday 21st July; & Monday 14th - Friday 18th 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: €60. Booking Essential.
Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Saturdays 20th May, 17th June, 22nd July, Wednesday 23rd August

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden pond life you will never look at ponds the same way again! This workshop is suitable for children age 8 and upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Admission Free. Booking Essential. Meet at the Visitor Centre.
Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanist - Collecting and Pressing Flowers
Saturdays 27th May and 24th June, Wednesdays 12th July and 9th August

Ever wanted to start your very own dried plant collection? Get great tips and discover how you can become a plant collector! Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens, identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your very own flower press. If you like, you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Family Workshop: Delve Deeper
Sunday 23rd July

A fun drop-by event for the whole family. Experiment with our special hand held digital microscopes. See what leaves, seeds and even tiny bugs look like up close!
2.30pm. Visitor Centre


Gardening Workshops

Gardening Workshop: Organic Vegetable Workshop
Joan Rogers
Saturday 11th March

Let loose the growing potential of your back garden! If you are new to gardening, or have been unhappy with the results of your earlier attempts, this class is for you. Join organic gardener Joan Rogers and learn the skills to grow your own organic fruit and veg.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Booking Essential - €25, proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust
Gardening Workshop: Grow your own Grub!
Saturday 25th March

Calling all beginner gardeners! March is a great time to get started on your kitchen garden. Join our expert gardeners and learn how to grow your own organic fruit and vegetables-discover what you need to know to make your organic vegetable garden successful.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Booking Essential - €25, proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust
Gardening Workshop: Seeds & Cuttings
Paul Maher
Saturday 1st April

Would you like to learn how to take cuttings from a wide variety of plants and expand your garden collection? Come along to this propagation workshop delivered by Paul Maher, Curator of the National Botanic Gardens, and get expert advice on taking cuttings and growing plants from seed.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Booking Essential - €25, proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust
Gardening Workshop: Summer Salads
Joan Rogers
Saturday 8th April

Regardless of the size of your garden, from window boxes to large plots, there is always space for a wide variety of tasty salad crops. Join the National Botanic Gardens, organic gardening expert, Joan Rogers to find out how you can grow delicious and succulent salads all summer long while being kind to the environment too.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Booking Essential - €25, proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust
Gardening Workshop: Home Grown Herbs
Ita Patton
Saturday 22nd April

Get some top tips from gardener Ita Patton on developing your herb garden. Learn how to propagate from cuttings and grow from seed some useful culinary herbs. A wide range of plants will be covered, featuring both familiar herbs and some lesser-known varieties.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Booking Essential - €25, proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust


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 Week – Tree walks for schools - 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. To celebrate National Tree Week each school group will have the opportunity to take away a tree to plant! Monday 6th-Friday 10th March
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 Education 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
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
  • Bark Trail – Observe and touch the different textures of trees.
  • Native Trail – Discover native Irish plants and the animals that use them. Also available as Gaeilge Second Level
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 Education 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.
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