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Upcoming Events, Exhibitions and Talks at the Gardens
Last updated: May 4, 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

Flowing Forms
Thursday 23rd April - Sunday 24th May

Three invited artists, Cliona Doyle, Ana Duncan and Des Fox, interpret shape and form in nature with their unique individual styles through etching, painting. monoprinting and sculpture. From giant seed heads and luscious fruits to capturing fleeting moments in time, this work explores patterns and forms in nature, both figurative and abstract.
Daily in the Gallery
An Óige, Annual Photographic Exhibition
Wednesday 17th - Sunday 28th June

This Annual Photographic Exhibition, now in its 77th year, is organised by An Óige Photographic Group. It features a wide range of prize-winning images for 2014, including a section exploring images of the National Botanic Gardens.
Daily in the Gallery space, Visitor Centre
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



Kilmacurragh Walk – Rhododendron Walks
From 3rd April Onwards

They’re back! Don’t miss this annual treat, the fantastic displays of flowers from these ancient old rhododendrons are a joy to witness. Come and enjoy our spring tree walks as the beautiful blossoms emerge.
Time: 3.00pm, meet at Carpark. Admission Free
Gardening Workshop – Growing Summer Salads
Saturday 16th May

Regardless of the size of your garden, from window gardens to large plots, there is always a space for a wide variety of tasty salad crops. Find out how to grow delicious succulent salads all summer long, while also being kind to the environment.
Time: 10.15am. Meet at the Visitor Centre Cost: €20.
Proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust.
Children’s Art Workshop: Budding Artists (4-7 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 16th May

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 (8-12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 16th 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
Music in the Gardens
Berlin International Brass
Sunday 17th May

Brass quartet concert: Berlin International Brass Founded in 2013, Berlin International Brass is comprised of four accomplished and passionate young musicians, forging new paths for brass chamber music. With a repertoire of works by Gershwin, Faure, Kurt Weil and Hindemith, Berlin International Brass have a busy touring schedule, with dates in the UK, Ireland and Munich so far this year.
Time: 3.00 - 3.30pm and 4.00 - 4.30pm Cost: Free Booking essential
Lecture – Bird Migration in Ireland, Still a Glorious Mystery
Anthony McGeehan
Thursday 21st May

A talk by Anthony McGeehan, eminent Ornithologist, Journalist and Author.
Time: 8.00pm. Visitor Centre Organised with the Tolka Branch of BirdWatch Ireland
Theatre in the Gardens
Saturday 23rd May

A series of five ten minute plays to be performed in different parts of the gardens with new work by Irish writers including Peter Sheridan. ‘Angels in the Gardens’ features a talented Irish cast of Rynagh O'Grady (Father Ted), Michael O'Sullivan (Fair City, Ros na Run), Padraig Murray (Fair City) and Charleigh Bailey (Fair City). The show goes on rain or shine, so bring your brolly!
Afternoon show: 4.00pm. Admission €5
Evening show: 7.00pm, wine reception at 6.30pm. Admission €10 Booking essential
Children’s Event – Pond dipping
Saturday 23rd 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 age 8 upwards.
Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Visitor Centre Admission Free. Booking Essential Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club


Guided Walk – Bloomin’ Summer
Daily Guided Walks

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when it is in full bloom is an unforgettable experience. Join us for a guided tour viewing the Herbaceous Borders, Annual Bedding displays, the Rose Garden and much more. Times: Monday - Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm. €5 Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Free Thursday 11th June
Music at the Gardens

KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival presents Escher Quartet Following its highly successful first visit in 2014, the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival returns this June for a concert by the captivating Escher Quartet from the United States. Works to be performed include:
  • Beethoven: String Quartet in A major, op.18 no. 5
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, op.80
  • Ravel: String Quartet in F major

Time: 8.00pm Tickets: www.nch.ie
Music at the Gardens
Support Act Programme - Classical Music
Saturday 13th June

The National Botanic Gardens will host the KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival residency programme for young, aspiring chamber ensembles. The Residency gives some of our brightest young talents exclusive access to some of the world’s finest artists at this musical hub from June 9th to 13th. The Festival’s Residency Programme will culminate in a free afternoon concert.
Concert Time: 3.00pm
An Óige Annual Photographic Exhibition
Wednesday 17th - Sunday 28th June


Children’s Event – Pond dipping
Saturday 20th 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 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 Workshop: Budding Artists (4-7 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 27th 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 (8-12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 27th 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


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.
Open all day Admission Free
Primary Teachers training
Wednesday 1st - Tuesday 7th July (excluding weekend)

This popular teachers course is returning! Learn all about the outdoor classroom, how best to use the gardens as a teaching resource, special behind the scenes tours and seashore ecology and wild plant identification field trips.
For further details and booking contact: acourseoutdoors@gmail.com
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: 11.00 - 1.00pm Admission Free Booking essential
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
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


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


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

Guided Walk – The Plant Hunters, Kilmacurragh
Saturdays in May

Discover all about the famous plant collectors and their connections with Kilmacurragh. Over the years, intrepid plantsmen have travelled widely to collect plants and send seeds and specimens back from the new world.
Time: 3.00 pm Admission Free
Theatre: ‘Angels in the Gardens’, Kilmacurragh
Sunday 24th May

A series of five ten minute plays to be performed in different parts of the gardens with new work by Irish writers including Peter Sheridan. This performance features a talented Irish cast of Rynagh O'Grady (Father Ted), Michael O'Sullivan (Fair City, Ros na Run), Padraig Murray (Fair City) and Charleigh Bailey (Fair City). The show goes on rain or shine, so bring your brolly!
Meet at the car park pedestrian entrance to the gardens
Afternoon show: 4.00pm. Admission €5 on arrival
Guided Walk – Learn about Meadows, Kilmacurragh
Saturdays in June and July

Join us for a walk through the meadows, where the guide will identify the variety of interesting plants that grow here. The old meadows have been redeveloped and regenerated in Kilmacurragh giving you a unique opportunity to walk through the mown paths and discover the wealth of species that grow in them.
Time: 3.00pm. Admission Free From May onwards, children’s explorer trails available. Self guided fun for all the family. Pick up your trail in the car park.


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 Art Workshop – Budding Artists (4-7 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 16th May & Saturday 27th 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 (8-12 years)
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 16th May & Saturday 27th 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 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
Family event: – Garden Bird Safari
Sunday 10th May

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
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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