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

Plant Palaces
Opening Thursday 12th February

Featuring watercolours and sketches by Roisin Murphy R.I.A.I. of the glasshouses of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, with particular attention to the work of the master iron founder Richard Turner (1798-1881). Turner was highly sought after for his works with wrought and cast iron and glass. He is responsible for the now iconic Curvilinear Range of glasshouses in Glasnevin as well as the glasshouses in the Winter Gardens in Regent's Park, London and the Palm Houses in Belfast and The Royal Bpotanic Gardens, Kew. A series of walks will also take place telling the story of the rich architectural legacy that is in the Botanic Gardens and will highlight the extraordinary story of the Irish man Richard Turner who was part of the flourish of botanical architecture in Europe at that time. Check at the Visitor Centre for details.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre
Bonsai at the Botanic Gardens
Opening Saturday 28th February

An extensive exhibition of Bonsai from Andrew J. Murray's collection will be on display in the Teak House throughout March. Watch the Bonsai burst back into life, displaying the splendid spring foliage of maples, flowering quince and cherries, and many other interesting plants.
Daily in the Teak House

Lectures, Tours & Other Events

Afternoon Lecture – Immigrants and an Irish Diaspora? - Tracing the genetic origins of the Irish flora
Colin Kelleher
Wednesday 14th January

The Irish flora is composed of a combination of species assumed to have migrated from diverse geographical origins. Questions about these origins have intrigued naturalists for centuries. In this lecture Colin Kelleher of the National Botanic Gardens will present some recent evidence from genetic analysis, which is providing surprising insight into the origins of our flora.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre
Lecture – Chinese and Himalayan Plants for the Irish Garden
Martin Walsh
Thursday 15th January

Garden designer, plant collector, and regular expedition member Martin Walsh, well known for his excellent pictures, will share his alpine and woody plant choices for our temperate conditions, particularly for woodland.
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised by the Irish Garden Plant Society and the Alpine Garden Society
Children's Workshop – Budding Artists
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 17th January

Join our 'budding' artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place only 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 Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10 Booking Essential
Children's Workshop – Hardy Annuals
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 17th January

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm- 4.00pm, meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10 Booking Essential
Guided Walk – The Weird and Wonderful World of Plants
Sunday 18th January

How were coconuts used in brain surgery? Which plant is known as the zombie cucumber and what was it used for? Which plant did Henry Ford use in his first motorcar trials and what did Irish women collect in the Wicklow hills to send our soldiers? Come along to this free guided tour and find out the answers.
Time: 2.30pm, meet at the Visitor Centre


Afternoon Lecture – The Importance of Dots on Maps- How do we know where our wild plants are?
Maria Long
Wednesday 11th February

Maria Long of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland will look at how voluntary organisations such as the BSBI toil away in the background to gather, provide and update this valuable information. Come along to learn more about how it all works, and find out about their exciting plans for a new Plant Atlas in 2020.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre
Exhibition – Plant Palaces
Roisin Murphy
From Thursday 12th February

Featuring watercolours and sketches by Roisin Murphy R.I.A.I. of the glasshouses of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, with particular attention to the work of the master iron founder Richard Turner (1798-1881). Turner was highly sought after for his works with wrought and cast iron and glass. He is responsible for the now iconic Curvilinear Range of glasshouses in Glasnevin as well as the glasshouses in the Winter Gardens in Regent's Park, London and the Palm Houses in Belfast and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. A series of walks will also take place telling the story of the rich architectural legacy that is in the Botanic Gardens and will highlight the extraordinary story of the Irish man Richard Turner who was part of the fl ourish of botanical architecture in Europe at that time. Check at the Visitor Centre for details.
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre
Daily in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre
Lecture – Snowdrops in an Irish Garden
Paddy Tobin
Thursday 12th February

IGPS Chairman Paddy Tobin will give a talk on his experience of growing this ever-popular harbinger of spring in our gardens.
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society
Valentine's Day Guided Walk – Budding Romance
Saturday 14th February

Come along for a bracing romantic stroll in the Gardens as we observe the first signs of spring. Snowdrops herald the arrival of the season while some of the fragrant winter flowers linger on. Inside the glasshouses exotic blooms evoke warmer climes. An alternative Valentine's Day activity to delight the senses!
Time: 2.30pm, meet at the Visitor Centre
Demonstration – Growing and Potting Orchids
Brendan Sayers
Saturday 14th February

Brendan Sayers, Glasshouse Foreman at the NBG and well-known orchid specialist will give a demonstration on growing and re-potting orchids.
Time: 10.30am, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Orchid Society
Booking essential at: info@irishorchidsociety.org
Evening Lecture – 'Goodbye and Hello!'
Thursday 19th February

John Fox, wildlife photographer, takes a look at the winter migrant birds that are leaving us shortly, and the summer migrants that will be arriving to replace them.
Time: Doors open at 7.30pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Tolka Branch of BirdWatch Ireland
Children's Workshop – Budding Artists
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 21st February

Join our 'budding' artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place only 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 Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10 Booking Essential
Children's Workshop – Hardy Annuals
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 21st February

Why not join us for a guided discovery of the natural world where you can observe, engage and be inspired by your surroundings. Participants in this art programme will be encouraged to use materials in fun and interesting ways while taking inspiration from the world of plants on show at Glasnevin. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Time: 2.00pm- 4.00pm, meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €10 Booking Essential
Bonsai at the Botanic Gardens
Andrew Murray
Saturday 28th February

An extensive exhibition of Bonsai from Andrew J. Murray's collection will be on display in the Teak House throughout March. Watch the Bonsai burst back into life, displaying the splendid spring foliage of maples, cherries, and many other interesting plants.
Daily in the Teak House


National Tree Week Annual Lecture: "My favourite tree books"
Kevin Hutchison
Monday 2nd March

Join Kevin Hutchison, President of the Tree Council of Ireland, for a review of books about trees from the earliest ones to the most recently published.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Tree Council of Ireland
The Annual Augustine Henry Forestry Lecture: The Future Uses of Wood in Building
Annette Harte
Thursday 5th March

Dr Annette Harte of NUIG will present this year's lecture.
Time: 3.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Society of Irish Foresters in celebration of National Tree Week
Gardening Workshop: Getting a Start in the Vegetable Garden
Saturday 7th March

Our expert gardener will demonstrate how to prepare the ground and supply advice and inspiration for getting your vegetables off to a good start this spring.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €20, booking essential.
Proceeds in aid of the Irish Museum's Trust.
Guided Tour at Kilmacurragh – Rhododendron Walks
Sunday 8th March

Come and enjoy our spring tree walks as the beautiful rhododendron blossoms emerge.
Time: 3.00pm, meet in the Car Park
Guided Tour at Kilmacurragh – Rhododendron Walks
Sunday 15th March

Come and enjoy our spring tree walks as the beautiful rhododendron blossoms emerge.
Time: 3.00pm, meet in the Car Park
Guided Tour: Plants for St. Patrick's Day
Tuesday 17th March

We have gained a wealth of food, drink, and medicine from our native plants and have also looked to them for protection, healing, and even as a classroom! Come along to this Patrick's Day tour and find out all about our amazing Irish plants.
Time: 2.30pm, meet at Visitor Centre
Lecture: In the Shadow of Mighty Kangchenjunga - A botanical expedition to the Bhutan and Sikkim Himalaya
Thursday 19th March

The Head Gardener of the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Séamus O'Brien, led an expedition of Irish horticulturists and tree enthusiasts to the mountains of Bhutan and Sikkim in 2014, following the routes of early botanical explorers like William Griffith, Joseph Hooker, Frank Ludlow and George Sherriff, from tropical valleys to icy glaciers.
Time: 8.00pm, Visitor Centre
Organised with the Irish Garden Plant Society
Children's Workshop – Budding Artists
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 21st March

Join our 'budding' artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place only 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 Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10 Booking Essential
Children's Workshop – Hardy Annuals
Niamh Synnott
Saturday 21st March

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
Gardening Workshop: Grow your own Organic Vegetables
Saturday 21st March

Our garden expert will have lots of practical tips on growing your own organic vegetables. You will get practical advice on how to be an environmentally friendly gardener.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the Visitor Centre
Cost: €20, booking essential.
Proceeds in aid of the Irish Museum's Trust.
Guided Tour at Kilmacurragh – Rhododendron Walks
Sunday 22nd March

Come and enjoy our spring tree walks as the beautiful rhododendron blossoms emerge.
Time: 3.00pm, meet in the Car Park
Guided Tour at Kilmacurragh – Rhododendron Walks
Sunday 29th March

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


Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

Guided Tour: Rhododendron Walks
Sundays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March

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


Growing Green Fingers - Gardening Classes for Beginners

Growing green fingers – gardening classes for beginners at the National Botanic Gardens to be held in Spring 2015

Growing Green Fingers - Gardening Classes for Beginners at the National Botanic Gardens to be held in Spring 2014 The course will include a series of eight classes held on Tuesdays evenings and Saturday mornings over a four-week period. Night classes will commence at 7.30pm and finish at 9.15pm. Saturday classes will commence at 10.00am and finish at 12.30pm. For evening classes there will be a gardener available in the auditorium from 7.00pm to answer specific queries or identify plants or plant problems.

The course is limited and must be booked in advance.
Cost: € 100 per person (Proceeds to the Irish Museum's Trust).

Outline Programme

Saturday 31st January
Introduction to Gardening
Soils

Saturday 14th February
Designing your Garden


Tuesday 3rd February
Pests and diseases
Weed control

Tuesday 17th February
Fruit
Vegetables

Saturday 7th February
Propagation Workshop
Tuesday 24th February
Composting
The Gardening Year

Tuesday 10th February
House Plants
Herbs


Events and Workshops for Children

Budding Artists
Saturdays 17th January, 21st February, 21st March

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place only 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 Education and Visitor Centre
Cost: €10 Booking Essential
Hardy Annuals
Saturdays 17th January, 21st February, 21st March

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


Education workshops for schools

Special themed guided tours are available for primary and secondary school groups
  • Fascinating Plants - How do plants survive in the desert? What plants trap their own food? Why do trees have thorns? What's the fastest growing plant in the world? Find out the answers to these questions and view some amazing plants growing here in th
  • Learning the Links - exploring the interdependence between plants, animals and people.
  • ‘Ireland’s Own’ Learn about the uses, mythology and identification of plants on your doorstep.
  • ‘Plants and Us’ – Learn all about plants and the role they play in our lives.


Sustainability workshops for second level.
Sustainability - What's That?

This workshop is designed for second level students, exploring and developing the principles of sustainability, biodiversity, plant conservations and the importance of plants in our lives. It includes presentations, tours and discussion. The education tea
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
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