Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th August 2018
This year we will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Heritage Week at both Glasnevin and Kilmacurragh.
We are delighted to host the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival at Glasnevin and share the remarkable story of the tomato.
There will be an exhibition of tomato cultivars to demonstrate the sheer diversity of this amazing fruit. An expansive variety of cultivars will be on display until Sunday 2nd September in the Teak House.
As part of the Totally Terrific Tomato Festival, there will be a series of talks held in the Education & Visitor Centre at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin.
Saturday 18th August
When tomatoes first arrived in Europe, people were deeply distrustful of these ‘love apples’ because of their links to some of Europe’s most toxic plants. Globally we now grow half the weight of the human population each year! Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, will explore their origins, diversity, and the remarkable legal decision of 1893 that classified them as a vegetable and not a fruit.
11am, Education & Visitor Centre. No booking necessary. Free lecture.
Saturday 19th August
Children’s Workshop: Cooking and Eating Tomatoes
Deirdre Doyle of the The Cool Food School will host a fun, interactive workshop including tomato storytelling, picking, and eating. These workshops are specifically tailored to 3-8 year olds. Limited Numbers. Please book through the Visitor Centre at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Call (01) 804 0319/ 857 0909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
11am-11.45pm and 1pm- 1.45pm. Booking essential.
Monday 20th August
Tuesday 21st August
Children’s Drop-by Activity: Build your own bug hotel
Come join us in the Erasmus Education Garden and explore the world of mini-beasts. Design, build, and decorate your own bug hotel which you can bring home to your own garden. Suitable from ages 4 and up. All children must bring their own grown up. First come, first served.
11am, 11.30am, 3pm, and 3.30pm.
Saturday 25th August
National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Kilmacurragh
Saturdays 18th and 25th August
Guided Walk: The Plant Hunters
The travels of the plant hunters make wonderful stories! Often away for several years at a time in the most inaccessible parts of the world, these intrepid people showed wisdom, bravery, and foolhardiness. Join this illuminating walk around Kilmacurragh to find out more.
2.30pm, meet at the Car Park
Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August
Guided Walk: Sharing Stories at Kilmacurragh
Where do our plants come from? How did they get here? Where did they get their names? Come join us for stories that will answer some of these questions (while some plants will always retain their mysteries…)
3pm, meet in the Car Park