Locals call the Botanic Gardens the "Green Heart of Dublin" - and it's true, because you're unlikely to find as many plants as you do here anywhere else. International tourists and locals alike are attracted by the rare botanical species, shady pathways, countless flowering and fragrant beds, and lush greenhouses... The contemplation of this beauty lifts one's spirits, makes one feel better, inspires one - and it's a proven fact: many Irish artists prefer the Botanic Gardens to be the home of their work.
Want to understand what makes this garden different from hundreds of others around the world? Then you should definitely visit it!
All you need to know about the Botanical Gardens
The National Botanic Garden was founded in 1795: the impetus for the event was the Dublin Botanical Society's purchase of land in Glasnevin. From 1838 to 1869, with the support of Richard Turner, metal designs with gently curving lines and high arches were installed throughout the garden - they were in vogue at the time. Similar designs can be found in botanical gardens throughout Europe. By the way, some of these constructions of the 19th century have survived until today.
Since then, gardeners have succeeded each other, but one thing has remained unchanged: each of them cherished the garden, selected the best workers and created interesting compositions.
Today, Dublin's National Botanic Garden abounds:
- By plant.
- By the ponds.
- Flowerbeds of familiar and fanciful shapes
- Alpine hills.
Visitors are always welcome here: for their convenience there are benches around the paths, toilets, an information center and a tea restaurant serving aromatic tea and national Irish dishes. Most visitors prefer to explore the garden alone to enjoy the beauty in silence. If you are one of those who want as much information as possible, you can book a guide at the information center.
In addition to the many familiar plants in the arsenal of the Botanical Garden there are exotic plants:
- Strawberry tree
- Atlantic cedar
- Caucasian ironwood - djelgva and others.
In total there are about 20,000 species of plants in the Dublin National Botanic Garden. Particularly beloved by children and adults, city dwellers of the park is where they grow farm vegetables and fruits: cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, grapes, and more. Small Victorian glass greenhouses deserve special attention: they fit harmoniously into the ensemble of the park, complementing and diluting it.
All the trees in the garden are planted according to the families to which they belong. Walking around the territory, you can find birch, alder, hornbeam, maple, hawthorn, oak, beech, etc.
- Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free, so locals like to jog here, have breakfast, and spend time reading.
- On the grounds of the garden is the Palm House, which gathers members of this family from all over the planet.
- A map of the garden, dating back to 1800, has been found. Researchers have concluded that its layout has not changed.
- The themed islands are connected throughout the area, connected by ponds and canals.
- The botanical garden regularly becomes the site of botanical exhibitions. One of the most recent is an exhibition of rare varieties of orchids.
- The National Garden participates in the global biodiversity conservation program
- The garden is home to the College of Recreational Horticulture, which provides full and partial training courses for horticultural professionals.