- 07 September 2012
Tours of the National Botanic Gardens
Guided tours of the National Botanic Gardens set off daily from the Education and Visitor Centre at 11.30am and 3.00pm Monday to Saturday. Charge €2 per person. There are free guided tours of the gardens on Sundays at 12.00pm and 2.30pm. For larger groups, tours can be pre-booked in advance. Further information on group bookings contact the National Botanic Garden’s Visitor and Information Centre at (01) 8570909.
6th September – 19th October: Sculpture in Context
Sculpture in Context, Ireland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition, opens in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin on September 6th. This exhibition is in its 11th year at the gardens and offers an unparalleled opportunity to view the work of some of Ireland’s well-established and most promising future artists. This year’s exhibits have been selected from a huge body of entries. The gardens are not only a botanical haven and a quiet oasis on the outskirts of Dublin city, they also provide a challenging venue, which gives the artist the rare opportunity of realising large-scale work. The sculptures will be displayed throughout the gardens, pond, Great Palm House, and Curvilinear Range, with the smaller works exhibited in the gallery above the Visitor Centre.
Wednesday 12th September: Lecture: Composting made easy
Join the ‘Master Composters’ team from the National Botanic Gardens for their information tips on how to succeed in producing top-quality organic compost at home. Time: 3:00 pm, Education and Visitor Centre
For further details contact NBG at (01) 8570909.
Saturday 15th September: Children's Art Workshop with Niamh Synnott
If you’re looking for a creative way to entertain your children on a Saturday afternoon, it’s well worth checking out this Children's Art workshop in the National Botanic Gardens. Niamh’s two-hour art workshop uses nature and the fabulous surrounds of the gardens to help inspire budding artists. The workshop is suitable for eight to twelve year olds, and gives parents an opportunity to explore the splendid grounds. You can even relax afterwards in the Garden’s tearooms. Cost €10
To book contact the NBG at (01) 8570909.
Thursday 20th September
Lecture: The Landscape & Social Evolution of the Phoenix Park (1662-2012), Dr. John McCullen, Landscape Historian
Dr. John McCullen, who served as the Chief Park Superintendent responsible for the Phoenix Park for over 25 years, will talk about the management, conservation and evolution of the park over the last 350 years. John produced the first conservation management plan for the park in 1986 and has been involved in the conservation and restoration of numerous other historic properties nationwide. Organised by the Irish Garden Plant Society
Time: 8.00pm, Education and Visitor Centre.
Saturday 22nd September
Botanical Workshop: Identifying Irish Ferns & Fern Allies
Fern and fern allied species identification is not always easy, there are some very difficult and unusual groups in this group of plants. This workshop will provide an opportunity to look at the unique features and to learn about the hidden characteristics that are useful for identification.
Time: 11.00am, meet at the National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Cost: €20 Proceeds to the Irish Museums Trust.
Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow (0404) 48844
Located in east County Wicklow, Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens is the centrepiece of an 18th century estate and is today famous for its conifers. Free Guided Tours held twice daily until end of October at 12.00pm and 3.00pm.
For all events, meet at the car park entrance to the gardens.