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

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 20th August Workshop Edible Flowers
Saturday 27th August Guided Walk Common and Curious Vegetables


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


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 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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