The National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, were founded by the Royal Dublin Society in 1795.
The Gardens, 19.5 hectares on the south bank of the Tolka contain many attractive features including an arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden and burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding.
Glasshouses include: the beautifully restored curvilinear range, Great Palm House, Alpine House, and Cactus House.
Notable specimens include a fine weeping Atlantic cedar, a lofty Zelkova from the Caucasus, native and hybrid strawberry trees and the "Last Rose of Summer" of the famous ballad.
Leaf Watch Trail at The Botanic Gardens
Research shows that climate change has had an impact on the timing of certain events in wildlife, e.g. bud bursts on trees, butterfly flight periods and leaf colour change in autumn. This trails will take you to a selection of trees to observe and record your findings. The information you record will be combined with everyone else's to help record the impact of climate change at the botanic gardens.
Come and meet the expert scientists who will be at The Botanic Gardens at 2.00pm and 4.00pm to launch the trail on Sunday 25th March. You can take this trail any time from the end of March and do it as many times as you like throughout the year. The information you record will be combined with everyone else’s and help us record the impact of climate change at the botanic gardens.
National Botanic Gardens Events
Download the National Botanic Garden's events programme.
Glasshouses and Gardens are accessible for people with disabilities but there are some steep gradients.
Education and Visitor Centre
(Wheelchair accessible), audio visual presentation, cycle, coach and car parking. Only guide dogs allowed.
How to Get There:
Buses 83, 4, 9
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