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March Events at the National Botanic Gardens



Start Date 03 Mar 2014
End Date 31 Mar 2014
Times 09.00

 March Events at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Glasnevin

Monday 3rd March

National Tree Week Annual Lecture: The Sounds of Trees and Wood

Join us for a double-bill of talks from tree experts Christy Boylan and Donal Magner, exploring the theme for National Tree Week 2014, ‘The Sounds of Trees’.

Echoes of the Past - Where are they now?

Christy Boylan discusses the many trees that were planted for ceremonial purposes over the years to mark visits by dignitaries. Some of these trees grew to fine specimens while others did not fare so well. Hear the interesting stories behind some of these plantings.

Donal Magner explores the theme of National Tree Week with his talk, the Sounds of Wood.

Time: 3.00pm. Education and Visitor Centre.

Organised with the Tree Council of Ireland

Thursday 6th March

The Annual Augustine Henry Forestry Lecture: Trees of the Sikkim Himalaya

Séamus O’Brien

Re-tracing the footsteps of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker who travelled through the Himalayan Mountains, in north-east India, in 1848 and 1849. This illustrated lecture focuses on the Séamus O’Brien led expedition in November 2013, to study trees native to this area.

Time: 3.00pm. Education and Visitor Centre.

Organised with the Society of Irish Foresters in celebration of National Tree Week

Saturday 8th March

Workshop: Willow Structures for your Garden

Award winning artist Breda Marron will guide you through the creation of outdoor willow structures. Enjoy working as part of a group while learning skills and techniques, which can be used to create pieces for your own garden, such as tripod plant supports, decorative vegetable dividers and domes. Participants will bring home their creations for their gardens,

Suitable for complete beginners, limited places available, pre-booking required

For more information on Breda’s work check www.bredamarron.com

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre.

Cost: €35. Booking Essential.

Thursday March 20th

Lecture: Birds, Migration and Weather

An illustrated talk for Springtime with Dick Coombes of BirdWatch Ireland.

Time: Doors open at 7.30pm. Education and Visitor Centre.

Organised by the Tolka branch of Birdwatch Ireland.

Saturday 22nd March

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.

Saturday 22nd March

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 to 4.00pm. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre.

Cost: 10. Booking Essential.

Saturday 22nd March

Gardening Workshop: Grow your own Organic Vegetables

Learn about growing vegetables organically from the professional gardening staff of the National Botanic Gardens. Our garden expert will have lots of practical tips on growing your own vegetables. You will get practical advice on how to be an environmentally friendly gardener and on how to get the best results from your garden, regardless of how small it is.

Time: 11.00am. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre.

Cost: €20. Booking Essential. Proceeds in aid of the Irish Museums Trust.

Mondays 24th, 31st March, 7th April

Workshop: Beginners Photography with Eamon O’Daly of the Outdoor Studio

The 3 day workshop will cover all the basics of Digital Photography, how to understand your camera and take better and more creative photographs. There will be a good balance between indoor tuition and outdoor photo-shoot opportunities, with an emphasis on landscape and nature photography.

Times: 10.30am-3.30pm

Cost: €100. Book online at www.skerriesphotography.com. For further information email eamon@skerriesphotography.com or call 01 8492572

Education Workshops for Schools

Special themed, guided tours are available for primary and secondary school groups. Enquiries and bookings can be made by calling the Visitor Centre at 01 8570909 or emailing botanicgardens@opw.ie

  • Learn all about Trees – Come and see fascinating trees, both native and exotic. Learn some tree history, botany and maybe a few stories. The tour will visit some of the tallest, oldest, most beautiful trees in the Gardens.

  • Fascinating Plants – How do plants survive in the desert? What plants trap their own food? Why do trees have thorns? What’s the fastest growing plant in the world? Find out the answers to these questions and view some amazing plants growing here in the Gardens.

  • Learning the Links– Exploring the interdependence between plants, animals and people.

  • Ireland’s Own – Learn about Irish plants, their uses, mythology and how to identify them.

  • Plants and Us – Learn all about plants and the role they play in our lives. 

Education Garden

We are delighted to announce the development of our new Children’s Education Garden. Be sure to check our website for the opening date or contact us for further details (01 8570909)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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