National Botanic Gardens

Victorian Glass House, National Botanic Gardens
Copyright John Kennedy

The National Botanic Gardens are located in Glasnevin, north Dublin and are under care of the Office of Public Works. They were founded in 1795 with the aim of promoting a scientific approach to studying agriculture. However, by the mid 1800s there were an increasing number of plants from around the world being introduced to the National Botanic Gardens. Pursuit of botanical interest superseded that of agriculture.

Today, over 300 endangered species from around the world are growing in the various collections at the Botanic Gardens. Of these, six are already extinct in the wild. The aim of the gardens is to conserve and raise awareness of the importance of plants in the world.

Within the National Botanic Gardens is the National Herbarium, which is home to almost three-quarters of a million dried plant species. The gardens also boast a wide collection of tropical plants, which are growing in the Palm House and the Orchid House.

Throughout all the seasons, there is a fine display of colourful flowers and plants. Wallflowers and pansies bloom through the springtime, while in the summer-time masses of flowers with contrasting colours spread across the grounds. Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, Daffodils, Tulips and Marigolds are among the colourful bedding plants on show at the National Botanic Gardens.

An up to date catalogue is kept of all of the plant species at the National Botanic Gardens. Due to the extensive collections, this catalogue has become an important reference source for horticulturists, botanists, students and gardening enthusiasts.

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