List of Events at the National Botanic Gardens, May & June 2016



Start Date 01 May 2016
End Date 30 Jun 2016
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Friday 29th April - Wednesday 1st June

Irish Ceramics at the Gardens

This exhibition will be unique in the history of the State in showcasing the creative talents of the very best of Irish Ceramic sculpture, which has received multiple national and international awards. The exhibition will include some 60 ceramic artists from Ireland both north and south. Eight artists have been specially selected to create exclusive works inspired by the Gardens which will be available on the opening night of the exhibition. There will be over 190 works in the exhibition by award winning ceramicists including Jim Turner, Pat Connor, Etain Hickey, Ana Duncan, Eileen Singleton, Grainne Watts, Brigit Beemster, Michael Moore, and Mandy Parslow.

Further information: irishceramics.org

Daily in the Gallery, Education & Visitor Centre

Daily Guided Walks: Bloomin' Summer?

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when flowers are in full bloom is an unforgettable experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design, and history of the stunning Herbaceous Borders, Annual Bedding displays, the Rose Garden, and much more.

Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm €5 pp

Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm Free of Charge

 

Fridays 6th, 13th, 20th May

Workshop: Beginner's Photography with Eamon O'Daly of the Outdoor Studio

The three-day workshop packagewill cover all the basics of digital photography, how to understand your camera and take better and more creative photographs.

Time:10.00am - 3.30pm

Cost: €100. Book online at www.skerriesphotography.com or call (01) 849 2572

 

Saturday 7th May & Saturday 28th May

Drop by Demo: Edible Window Boxes

Don't let lack of space stop you from growing your own vegetables and herbs. Join us in the education garden and learn the dos and don'ts of herb growing. Whether you have a window box or hanging basket or even a patch of soil if you want to grow herbs this is the place to be!

Time: Afternoons from 2.30pm

 

Saturday 7th May

Lecture & Tasting: Against The Grain - Whiskey, Gin, and Botanical Spirits

Know your Irish pot still from your American rye? Your juniper lady from her cucumber wardrobe? From the origins of distillation and the “botanicals” of gin to the herbal signature of the current cocktail renaissance, the world of fine spirits has never strayed far from the garden path. Alcohol historian and whiskey critic Fionnán O’Connor joins us to discuss both the culinary and botanical aspects of our favourite spirits. This ingredient-driven discussion of Irish drinking history examines just how much our most distinctive liquors owe the roots of their flavours to the plants themselves.

Time: 4.00pm, Education & Visitor Centre. Admission free, Booking Essential. (01) 849 2572

 

Saturday 7th May

Children's Art Workshops: Budding Artists and Hardy Annuals

 

Children's Art Workshop: Budding Artists

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place 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.

Call (01) 8040319/ 8570909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

 

Children's Art Workshop:Hardy Annuals

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 Education and Visitor Centre.

Cost: €10. Booking Essential.

Call (01) 8040319/ 8570909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

 

Guided Walk: Blossoms from the Orient

You may be surprised to learn that many of our common garden plants are Chinese in origin. May is the best time of year to see peonies, the handkerchief tree, wisteria and many other beautiful plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best and hear the fascinating tales surrounding their uses, folklore, and move from the wild into cultivation.

Time: 3.30pm. Meet in the Education & Visitor Centre. €5 per person.

 

Wednesday 11th May

Afternoon Lecture: Fruits of the Earth - Why we eat the plants we do

Potentially there are many thousands of edible plant species in the world, but humans only eat about 200 of these. Some of these seem the most unlikely plants to have been picked with pungent, bitter or toxic properties. Director of the National Botanic Gardens Matthew Jebb will describe how these plants came to be domesticated and why it is that some of them have virtually inedible ancestors.

Time: 3.00pm, Education & Visitor Centre

Saturday 14th May

Drop By Demo: Colourful Planting in Small Spaces

Have you limited space yet still want to enjoy some summer blossoms? Join us in our new Education Garden and learn the basics of planting in restricted spaces. Maximise your window box, hanging basket or window sill with fresh salads, herbs and lots of colourful flowers.

Time: Afternoons from 2.30pm

 

 

Saturday 14th May & Saturday 18thJune

Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II

The Angels are back, returning to the Gardens for a second season and this time they're bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world for the briefest of times, touching each other's lives and their audiences forever before disappearing again.

*Also in Kilmacurragh, check for dates in the Events at Kilmacurragh section.

Tickets: €5 - see shivaproductions.ie for more information about the production.

 

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May

Cactus and Succulent Show

Come and view the prizewinning cactus and succulents as part of the seventh biennial Cactus Show. It will be held in the Teak House and the judging this year will be by the Chairman of the Cactus and Succulent Society in Ireland, Kevin Whelehan.
After the judging the show will open to the public at 1.00pm on Saturday.
Times: 1.00pm - 5.00pm on Saturday and 10:00 until 17:00 Sunday

 

Saturday 21st May

Lecture: Growing Unusual Vegetables

Klaus Laitenberger has been growing organic vegetables in Ireland since 1999. For the last few years he has been working as a self-employed trainer, mentor, and consultant in organic horticulture. It took Klaus years to adjust his growing techniques to Ireland’s unique climate and soil. Through trial and experimentation, he has become an expert in the varieties of vegetables that we can grow successfully in this climate. In this informative and instructive presentation Klaus will tell us all about some of the more unusual and interesting vegetables that you may consider planting in your own garden.

Time: 2.00pm, Admission Free but Booking Essential. (01) 849 2572.

 

Saturday 28th May

Children’s Event: Pond Dipping

A fun event exploring the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini beasts living in and around the main pond at the Botanic Gardens. This workshop is suitable for children age 8 upwards.

Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre. Admission free. Booking essential. (01) 849 2572.

Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club

June

 

Daily Guided Walks: Bloomin' Summer

Walking through the Gardens in summertime when flowers are in full bloom is an unforgettable experience. Join our special guided tour and hear all about the plants, design, and history of the stunning Herbaceous Borders, Annual Bedding displays, the Rose Garden, and much more.

Times: Monday – Saturday 11.30am and 3.00pm €5 pp

Sundays 12.00pm and 2.30pm Free of Charge

  

Tuesday 7th June

Music at the Gardens: Concert and Launch of Great Music in Irish Houses Festival

For 45 years now, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival has been a veritable institution in the Irish cultural calendar. It has earned an international reputation for attracting artists of the highest calibre from home and abroad to perform in a variety of Ireland’s most notable buildings. The concerts are held in spaces that would not normally resonate with chamber music, from some of the country’s modern, iconic buildings to stately Irish houses. The Festival is delighted to return to the picturesque surroundings of the National Botanic Gardens for the Opening Concert of its 2016 Season. Artists and Programme will be announced April 2016

Tickets: €30 and €20

For further information http://www.greatmusicinirishhouses.com/

 

Thursday 9th June

Special Evening Event: An Evening with Cornucopia -

A celebration of growing and cooking plants with Cornucopia Vegetarian and Wholefood Restaurant and the National Botanic Gardens

Cornucopia is an ancient symbol of food and plenty, and what better way to describe our wonderful Organic Fruit and Vegetable Garden, brimming over with fresh produce? It is also the name of one of Dublin’s most famous and long-standing vegetarian restaurants. Join us for a unique collaboration which celebrates all that is good to eat from the garden with Cornucopia chef Eddie Eriksson and Organic Gardener Joan Rogers. Walking through the vegetable garden we will get top tips on growing and cooking a range of edibles. Eddie and Joan will select and harvest the plants that he will use for his demonstration on preparing a range of delicious summer salads. This will be followed by a tasting.

Time: 7.00pm. Admission €20 Booking Essential. (01) 849 2572.

 

Saturday 11th June

Children's Art Workshops: Budding Artists and Hardy Annuals

 

Children's Art Workshop: Budding Artists

Join our ‘budding’ artists, a creative workshop especially for younger children taking place 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.

Call (01) 8040319/ 8570909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

 

 

Children's Art Workshop:Hardy Annuals

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 Education and Visitor Centre.

Cost: €10. Booking Essential.

Call (01) 8040319/ 8570909 or email botanicgardens@opw.ie 

 

Wednesday 15th - Sunday 26th June

An Óige, Annual Photography Exhibition

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, Education & Visitor Centre

 

Saturday 18th June

Themed Guided Walk: Brewing Botanicals

Since ancient times people have been brewing, distilling, and fermenting a dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and even fungi. Hear the fascinating tales behind many of the concoctions that have been created, each one a unique contribution to the traditions and cultural history of peoples across the world.

Time: 3.00pm. Meet in the Education & Visitor Centre. €5 per person.

 

Saturday 18th June

Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II

The Angels are back, returning to the Gardens for a second season and this time they're bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world for the briefest of times, touching each other's lives and their audiences forever before disappearing again.

*Also in Kilmacurragh, check for dates in the Events at Kilmacurragh section.

Tickets: €5 – see shivaproductions.ie for more information about the production.

 

 

Saturday 25th June

Children’s Event: Pond Dipping

A fun event exploring the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and mini beasts living in and around the main pond at the Botanic Gardens. This workshop is suitable for children age 8 upwards.

Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre. Admission free. Booking essential. (01) 849 2572.

Organised with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club

 

 Events at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh

 

Located in east Co. Wicklow, the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh is the centrepiece of an eighteenth-century estate and is famous today for its collections of conifers, rhododendrons and other acid-loving plants.

 

Kilmacurragh is located about a 1-hour drive south of Dublin off the new M11 motorway. Take Junction 18 off the M11 (on your left if you are driving from Dublin) and follow the signs to Kilmacurragh.

 

Free Guided Tours will be held every Sunday from 6th March and twice daily from April onwards until the middle of October, at 12.00pm and 3.00pm. Don't miss the spectacular rhododendrons as they burst into bloom. Please check www.botanicgardens.ie or locally for seasonally themed guided tours.

Group tours should be pre-booked. For all events meet at the Car Park entrance to the Gardens. For further information, call 0404 48844

 

Book now for special guided tours for school groups! Spaces are limited so please book well in advance.

 

Sunday May 15th & Sunday June 19th

Theatre in the Gardens: Angels in the Gardens II

The Angels are back, returning to the Gardens for a second season and this time they're bringing a brand new set of plays never seen before! Shiva Productions present Angels in the Gardens II, a series of five new 10-minute plays, by five Irish writers about contemporary life in Ireland. The audience is led to different locations throughout the gardens as the stories unfold, characters emerge from the crowd, drawing you into their world for the briefest of times, touching each other's lives and their audiences forever before disappearing again.

Tickets: €5

Shivaproductions.ie for more information




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