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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: April 24, 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

1916 Sackville Street: Remembering 262 civilians through art
Friday 8th April – Sunday 8th May

There were more civilians killed in the 1916 Easter Rising than Irish Volunteers or British soldiers. Of the 485 people who died, 262 were civilians. These men, women and children have no memorial and lie in graves, some forgotten. The objective of the 1916 Sackville Street Art Project (now known as O’Connell Street) is to hold an exhibition to commemorate the lives of these ordinary civilians that were killed in the 1916 Easter Rising. Schools, educational groups, youth groups and individuals were invited to create a 3D house from any art form to represent a civilian that was killed during the 1916 Rising, and where possible, to provide a brief historical profile of that civilian and/or the art project. The response was overwhelming and led to this unique exhibition honouring the lives of those who were lost in 1916. This initiative is the brainchild of ceramic artist Ciara O’Keefe. Further information on the project: www.1916sackvillestreet.com
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.
In My Nature
Friday 13th May – Sunday 29th May

It’s in my nature to create - to be inspired by the natural world - to take risks - to experiment - to seek out beauty and energy in line, form, texture and colour - and to share those discoveries.
An exhibition of ceramics and painting from Cathy Burke, Colette Edwards, Sinéad Glynn, Declan Greaney, Niamh Harte, Bernie Shine and Niamh Synnott.
Daily in the Gallery, Visitor Centre.
An Óige, Annual Photography Exhibition
Wednesday 15th – Sunday 26th June

This Annual Photography Exhibition, now in its 78th year, is organised by An Óige Photographic Group. It features a wide range of prize-winning images for 2016, including a section exploring the National Botanic Gardens.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.
The Work of Irish Wildlife Photographers
Tuesday 5th July – Monday 1st August

This exhibition seeks to showcase the best of Irish wildlife photography. The Members of the Irish Photographic Federation Nature Group have put together a unique exhibition incorporating most genres of wildlife photography, taken in Ireland and also worldwide. A section of flora is also included in keeping with the exhibition venue. This is the first exhibition of its kind in Ireland and is of unique interest, given the diversity of images on exhibition from around the world. Organised with the Irish Photographic Federation Nature Group
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.
Kaleidoscope – The changing shape of felt
Thursday 4th August

Feltmakers Ireland is delighted to showcase the artwork of its members at the National Botanic Gardens. Handmade felt can take many shapes and forms. This exhibition reflects the scope of work being made by textile artists all over Ireland and displays how felt adapts to changing techniques and technologies. In this process our natural world provides constant inspiration.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.

Lectures, Tours & Other Events

Feasting from Nature’s Plate – In celebration of edibles
A series of food-related workshops, walks and talks throughout 2016

The current trend towards healthy eating brings with it a growing awareness of the importance of fruit and vegetables to our diets, benefiting not only our health but our environment too. More emphasis on eating locally grown, plant-based foods reduces our carbon emissions and saves on energy costs. From March to October 2016 we are running a series of food-related workshops, themed walks and special events at the National Botanic Gardens. Highlights will include a special evening event with a chef from Cornucopia restaurant. At our workshops you can discover how to grow salad plants, herbs and a wide range of fruit and vegetables. On the more exotic side, why not join some of our fascinating themed walks or talks and find out some quirky plant facts from our experts?
Saturday 7th May Workshop Edible Window Boxes
Lecture Against The Grain – Whiskey, Gin and Botanical Spirits
Wednesday 11th May Lecture Fruits of the Earth – Why we eat the plants we do
Saturday 14th May Workshop Colourful Planting in Small Spaces
Saturday 21st May Lecture Growing Unusual Vegetables Special Event
Saturday 28th May Workshop Edible Window Boxes
Thursday 9th June Lecture An Evening with Cornucopia
Saturday 18th June Guided Walk Brewing Botanicals
Saturday 9th July Guided Walk Edible Trees
Saturday 20th August Workshop Edible Flowers
Saturday 27th August Guided Walk Common and Curious Vegetables


Daily Guided Walks: Spring Blossoms
throughout April

This spring why not take a rejuvenating guided tour amidst the splendid spring blossoms and foliage? Hear the stories of the cultivation, ecology and folklore of our beautiful plants. This enjoyable stroll features colourful tulips, delicate cherry blossoms and fragrant narcissus amongst many other delightful blooms and is the ideal way to welcome in the new season.
Time: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 pp
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, Free of Charge
Exhibition: 1916 Sackville Street: Remembering 262 civilians through art
Friday 8th April – Sunday 8th May

There were more civilians killed in the 1916 Easter Rising than Irish Volunteers or British soldiers. Of the 485 people who died, 262 were civilians. These men, women and children have no memorial and lie in graves, some forgotten. The objective of the 1916 Sackville Street Art Project (now known as O’Connell Street) is to hold an exhibition to commemorate the lives of these ordinary civilians that were killed in the 1916 Easter Rising. Schools, educational groups, youth groups and individuals were invited to create a 3D house from any art form to represent a civilian that was killed during the 1916 Rising, and where possible, to provide a brief historical profile of that civilian and/or the art project. The response was overwhelming and led to this unique exhibition honouring the lives of those who were lost in 1916. This initiative is the brainchild of ceramic artist Ciara O’Keefe. Further information on the project: www.1916sackvillestreet.com
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.

Daily Guided Walks: Bloomin’ Summer
throughout May

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when flowers are in full bloom is an unforgettable experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design and history of the stunning herbaceous borders, annual bedding displays, the rose garden and much more.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 pp
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, Free of Charge
Workshop: Beginner’s Photography
Eamon O’Daly of the Outdoor Studio
Fridays 6th, 13th, 20th May

The three-day workshop package will cover all the basics of digital photography, how to understand your camera and take better and more creative photographs.
Time:10.00am – 3.30pm
Cost: €100. Book online at
www.skerriesphotography.com or call (01) 849 2572
Drop by Demo: Edible Window Boxes
Saturday 7th May

Don’t let lack of space stop you from growing your own vegetables and herbs. Join us in the Education Garden and learn the dos and don’ts of herb growing. Whether you have a window box or hanging basket or even a patch of soil, if you want to grow herbs this is the place to be!
Time: Afternoons from 2.30pm
Part of our
Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Lecture & Tasting: Against The Grain – Whiskey, Gin, and Botanical Spirits
Fionnán O’Connor
Saturday 7th May

Know your Irish pot still from your American rye? Your juniper lady from her cucumber wardrobe? From the origins of distillation and the “botanicals” of gin to the herbal signature of the current cocktail renaissance, the world of fine spirits has never strayed far from the garden path. Alcohol historian and whiskey critic Fionnán O’Connor joins us to discuss both the culinary and botanical aspects of our favourite spirits. This ingredient-driven discussion of Irish drinking history examines just how much our most distinctive liquors owe the roots of their flavours to the plants themselves.
Time: 4.00pm, Visitor Centre
Admission free. Booking Essential
Part of our Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Children’s Art Workshop – Budding Artists (4–7 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 7th 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 Art Workshop – Hardy Annuals (8–12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 7th 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
Guided Walk: Blossoms from the Orient
Saturday 7th May

May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other beautiful Chinese plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best and hear the fascinating tales surrounding their uses, folklore, and move from the wild into cultivation.
Time: 3.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Afternoon Lecture: Fruits of the Earth – Why we eat the plants we do
Matthew Jebb
Wednesday 11th May

Potentially there are many thousands of edible plant species in the world, but humans only eat about 200 of these. Some of these seem the most unlikely plants to have been picked with pungent, bitter or toxic properties. Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Matthew Jebb, will describe how these plants came to be domesticated and why it is that some of them have virtually inedible ancestors.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre.
Part of our
Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
In My Nature
Friday 13th May – Sunday 29th May

It’s in my nature to create - to be inspired by the natural world - to take risks - to experiment - to seek out beauty and energy in line, form, texture and colour - and to share those discoveries.
An exhibition of ceramics and painting from Cathy Burke, Colette Edwards, Sinéad Glynn, Declan Greaney, Niamh Harte, Bernie Shine and Niamh Synnott.
Daily in the Gallery, Visitor Centre.
Drop By Demo: Colourful Planting in Small Spaces
Saturday 14th May

Have you limited space yet still want to enjoy some summer blossoms? Join us in our new Education Garden and learn the basics of planting in restricted spaces. Maximise your window box, hanging basket or window sill with fresh salads, herbs and lots of colourful flowers.
Time: Afternoons from 2.30pm
Part of our
Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Guided Walk: Blossoms from the Orient
Saturday 14th May

May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other beautiful Chinese plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best and hear the fascinating tales surrounding their uses, folklore, and move from the wild into cultivation.
Time: 3.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II
Shiva Productions @ Glasnevin
Saturday 14th May & Saturday 18th June

The Angels are back, returning to the Gardens at Glasnevin for a second season and this time they’re bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world.
Time: (Two performances) 2pm and 4pm
Tickets: €5 – see
shivaproductions.ie for more information about the production
Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II
Shiva Productions @ Kilmacurragh
Sunday May 15th & Sunday June 19th

The Angels are back, returning to the Kilmacurragh Gardens for a second season and this time they’re bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world.
Time: 2:30pm
Tickets: €5
Cactus and Succulent Show
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May

Come and view the prizewinning cacti and succulents as part of the seventh biennial Cactus Show. It will be held in the Teak House and the judging this year will be by the Chairman of the Cactus and Succulent Society in Ireland, Kevin Whelehan. After the judging the show will open to the public at 1.00pm on Saturday.
Times: 1.00pm – 5.00pm on Saturday and 10:00 – 17:00 Sunday, Teak House
Guided Walk: Blossoms from the Orient
Saturday 21st May

May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other beautiful Chinese plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best and hear the fascinating tales surrounding their uses, folklore, and move from the wild into cultivation.
Time: 3.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Lecture: Growing Unusual Vegetables
Klaus Laitenberger
Saturday 21st May

Klaus Laitenberger has been growing organic vegetables in Ireland since 1999. For the last few years he has been working as a self-employed trainer, mentor and consultant in organic horticulture. It took Klaus years to adjust his growing techniques to Ireland’s unique climate and soil. Through trial and experimentation, he has become an expert in the varieties of vegetables that we can grow successfully in this climate. In this informative and instructive presentation Klaus will tell us all about some of the more unusual and interesting vegetables that you may consider planting in your own garden.
Time: 2.00pm
Admission Free but
Booking Essential
Part of our Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Saturday 28th May

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 aged 8 and upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Admission Free.
Booking Essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Drop by Demo: Edible Window Boxes
Saturday 28th May

Don’t let lack of space stop you from growing your own vegetables and herbs. Join us in the Education Garden and learn the dos and don’ts of herb growing. Whether you have a window box or hanging basket or even a patch of soil, if you want to grow herbs this is the place to be!
Time: Afternoons from 2.30pm
Part of our Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Guided Walk: Blossoms from the Orient
Saturday 28th May

May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other beautiful Chinese plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best and hear the fascinating tales surrounding their uses, folklore, and move from the wild into cultivation.
Time: 3.30pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person

Daily Guided Walks: Bloomin’ Summer
Daily throughout June

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when flowers are in full bloom is an unforgettable experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design and history of the stunning Herbaceous Borders, Annual Bedding displays, the Rose Garden and much more.
Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm, €5 pp
Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm, Free of charge
Music at the Gardens: Opening Concert and Launch of
Great Music in Irish Houses Festival
Tuesday 7th June

For 45 years now, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival has been a veritable institution in the Irish cultural calendar. It has earned an international reputation for attracting artists of the highest calibre from home and abroad to perform in a variety of Ireland’s most notable buildings. The concerts are held in spaces that would not normally resonate with chamber music, from some of the country’s modern, iconic buildings to stately Irish houses. Artists and Programme will be announced April 2016
Tickets: €30 and €20 For further information:
www.greatmusicinirishhouses.com
Special Evening Event: An Evening with Cornucopia
Eddie Eriksson and Organic Gardener Joan Rogers
Thursday 9th June

A celebration of growing and cooking plants with Cornucopia Vegetarian and Wholefood Restaurant and the National Botanic Gardens. Cornucopia is an ancient symbol of food and plenty, and what better way to describe our wonderful Organic Fruit and Vegetable Garden, brimming over with fresh produce? It is also the name of one of Dublin’s most famous and long-standing vegetarian restaurants. Join us for a unique collaboration which celebrates all that is good to eat from the garden with Cornucopia chef Eddie Eriksson and Organic Gardener Joan Rogers. Walking through the vegetable garden we will get top tips on growing and cooking a range of edibles. Eddie and Joan will select and harvest the plants that he will use for his demonstration on preparing a range of delicious summer salads. This will be followed by a tasting.
Time: 7.00pm.
Admission €20
Booking Essential
Part of our Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Children’s Art Workshop – Budding Artists (4–7 years)
Saturday 11th 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 Art Workshop – Hardy Annuals (8–12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 11th 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
An Óige Annual Photographic Exhibition
Wednesday 16th – Sunday 26th June

This Annual Photography Exhibition, now in its 78th year, is organised by An Óige Photographic Group. It features a wide range of prize-winning images for 2016, including a section exploring the National Botanic Gardens.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.
Themed Guided Walk: Brewing Botanicals
Saturday 18th June

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 cultural history of peoples across the world.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Part of our
Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II
Shiva Productions @ Glasnevin
Saturday 18th June

The Angels are back, returning to the Gardens at Glasnevin for a second season and this time they’re bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world.
Time: (Two performances) 2pm and 4pm
Tickets: €5 – Booking Essential
Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II
Shiva Productions @ Kilmacurragh
Sunday June 19th

The Angels are back, returning to the Kilmacurragh Gardens for a second season and this time they’re bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world.
Time: 2:30pm
Tickets: €5
Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Saturday 25th June

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 aged 8 and upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Admission Free.
Booking Essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club

Teachers' Summer Course: A Course Outdoors
Monday 4th July – Friday 8th July

This popular teachers' course is designed for primary school teachers and focuses on the outdoor classroom. It specifically shows how best to use the Gardens as a teaching resource including special behind-the-scenes tours, seashore ecology and wild plant identification field trips.
For further details and booking contact: acourseoutdoors@gmail.com
Exhibition: The Work of Irish Wildlife Photographers
Irish Photographic Federation Nature Group
Tuesday 5th July – Monday 1st August

This exhibition seeks to showcase the best of Irish wildlife photography. The Members of the Irish Photographic Federation Nature Group have put together a unique exhibition incorporating most genres of wildlife photography, taken in Ireland and also worldwide. A section of flora is also included in keeping with the exhibition venue. This is the first exhibition of its kind in Ireland and is of unique interest, given the diversity of images on exhibition from around the world. Organised with the Irish Photographic Federation Nature Group
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.
Themed Guided Walk: Edible Trees
Saturday 9th July

Join Head Guide Glynn Anderson and 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: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Part of our
Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Workshop: Beginner’s Photography
Eamon O’Daly of the Outdoor Studio
Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th July

The three-day workshop package will cover all the basics of digital photography, how to understand your camera and take better and more creative photographs.
Time:10.00am–3.30pm
Cost: €100. Book online at
www.skerriesphotography.com or call (01) 849 2572 30
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanists – Flower pressing
Wednesday 13th July

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 very own flower press and starting a dried plant collection.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance
Booking Essential Admission Free
Sweet Pea Show
Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th 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
Children’s Art Camps
Niamh Synnott
Monday 18th to Friday 22nd July

Children’s Art Camp 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
Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Saturday 23rd 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 aged 8 and upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Admission Free.
Booking Essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanists – Flower pressing
Wednesday 27th July

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 very own flower press and starting a dried plant collection.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance
Booking Essential Admission Free

Exhibition: Kaleidoscope – The changing shape of felt
Thursday 4th August

Feltmakers Ireland is delighted to showcase the artwork of its members at the National Botanic Gardens. Handmade felt can take many shapes and forms. This exhibition reflects the scope of work being made by textile artists all over Ireland and displays how felt adapts to changing techniques and technologies. In this process our natural world provides constant inspiration.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanists – Flower pressing
Saturday 6th 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 very own flower press and starting a dried plant collection.
Time: 11.00am.
Advance
Booking Essential. Admission Free
Children’s Event: Pond Dipping
Saturday 13th 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 aged 8 and upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre
Admission Free.
Booking Essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club
Children’s Art Camps
Niamh Synnott
Monday 15th – Friday 19th August

Children’s Art Camp 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
National Heritage Week Events
Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th August


Gardening Workshop: Edible Flowers
Saturday 20th August

Join Organic Gardener Joan Rogers and find out how you can feast on flowers! The Gardens are full of pretty and palatable blooms that you can use to adorn your salads and drinks to add colour and flavour alike.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Booking Essential – €25, proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust
Part of our Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events
Themed Guided Walk: Common and Curious Vegetables
Saturday 27th August

Come along to this guided walk and discover a world of gourmet gardening delights you might not realise exists. Learn about our humble potato, how to cook day lilies, how to make wild garlic pesto and what Japanese delicacy might be growing in your back garden.
Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Visitor Centre
€5 per person
Part of our
Feasting from Nature’s Plate Events


Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Located in east Co. Wicklow, the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh is the centrepiece of an eighteenth-century estate and is famous today for its collections of conifers, rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants. Kilmacurragh is located about a 1-hour drive south of Dublin off the new M11 motorway. Take Junction 18 off the M11 (on your left if you are driving from Dublin) and follow the small garden signs (A with flower with petals on a brown background) to Kilmacurragh.
Free Guided Tours will be held every Sunday from 6th March and twice Daily from April onwards until the middle of October, at 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Don’t miss the spectacular rhododendrons as they burst into bloom.
Group tours should be pre-booked. For all events meet at the Car Park entrance to the Gardens. For further information, call 0404 48844 Book now for special guided tours for school groups! Spaces are limited so please book well in advance. Daily Guided Walk: Remarkable Trees and Rhododendrons at Kilmacurragh
Daily throughout April

They’re back! The fantastic displays of flowers from these ancient rhododendrons are an absolute joy to witness – don’t miss this annual treat. Join our spring walks amidst the blossoms and hear the remarkable stories of this estate and the introduction of exotic species to Ireland.
Time: 3.00pm, Meet in Kilmacurragh Car Park.
Admission Free Booking advised.
Family Event: Garden Bird Safari at Kilmacurragh
Glynn Anderson
Sunday April 17th

Join author and Botanic Gardens Head Guide Glynn Anderson for a guided bird walk, discovering the rich bird life of the Gardens. Bring binoculars if you have them!
Time: 10.30am. Meet in Kilmacurragh Car Park.
Admission Free, Advance Booking Essential Call (01) 8040319/ 8570909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie
Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II
Shiva Productions &#; Kilmacurragh
Sunday May 15th & Sunday June 19th

The Angels are back, returning to the Gardens for a second season and this time they’re bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world.
Time: 2:30pm, Kilmacurragh
Tickets: €5
Guided Walk: Learn about Meadows at Kilmacurragh
Saturdays in June & July

Join us for walk through the meadows as our guide identifies the varieties of interesting flowers that grow here. The old meadows have been redeveloped and regenerated in Kilmacurragh, giving you the unique opportunity to weave through the mown paths and discover the wealth of species that grow here.
Time: 3.00pm, Meet in Kilmacurragh Car Park.
Admission Free Self-guided fun for all the family! From May onwards, children’s explorer trails are available to pick up in 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.
Children’s Art Workshop: Budding Artists
Niamh Synnott
Saturdays 12th March, 9th April, 7th May, 11th June

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place once a month, under the watchful 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 Art Workshop: Hardy Annuals
Niamh Synnott
Saturdays 12th March, 9th April, 7th May, 11th 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
Family event: Garden Bird Safaris at Glasnevin
Glynn Anderson
Wednesday 23rd March & Sunday 10th 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. *Also in Kilmacurragh, check for dates in the Events at Kilmacurragh section.
Time 10.00am. Admission free.
Advance Booking Essential Call 01 857 0909 34
Family Event: Garden Bird Safari at Kilmacurragh
Glynn Anderson
Sunday April 17th

Join author and Botanic Gardens Head Guide Glynn Anderson for a guided bird walk, discovering the rich bird life of the Gardens. Bring binoculars if you have them!
Time: 10.30am. Meet in Kilmacurragh Car Park.
Admission Free, Advance Booking Essential Call (01) 8040319/ 8570909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie
Children’s Event: Pond dipping
Saturdays 28th May, 25th June, 23rd July, 13th 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
Children’s Workshop: Budding Botanists – Flower pressing
Wednesdays 13th July, 27th July & Wednesday 6th 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 a flower press and starting your very own dried plant collection.
Time: 2.30pm
Advance Booking Essential. Admission Free
Children’s Art Camp
Niamh Synnott
Monday 18th – Friday 22nd July & Monday 15th – Friday 19th 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


Education 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:
Guided Tours

Special themed tours of the gardens and the glasshouses. Learn all about the fascinating world of plants!
  • Explore Ireland’s only tropical rainforest in the Great Palm House and find out about plants from all over the world.
  • Hear all about Irish plants, their uses, folklore and how to identify them. Visit the Viking House and find out what plants they grew for food, clothing and shelter.
  • Discover the lives of our great trees – how they produce their food, survive the seasons and help us in our daily lives.
Workshops for Primary Level
  • 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.
  • Delve Deeper – Take a tour of the Gardens and collect samples with our 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!
Workshops for Secondary Level
  • 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 curricula. Suitable for second level students.
  • Delve Deeper – Take a tour of the gardens and collect samples with our 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. Students will get a 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.
    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.

Teachers' Summer Course: A Course Outdoors
Monday 4th July – Friday 8th July

This popular teachers' course is designed for primary school teachers and focuses on the outdoor classroom. It specifically shows how best to use the Gardens as a teaching resource including special behind-the-scenes tours, seashore ecology and wild plant identification field trips. For further details and booking contact: acourseoutdoors@gmail.com
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