National Botanic gardens
Venue: Glasnevin, Dublin 9 Website: www.botanicgardens.ie Price: FREE Date: Ongoing Time: March to October, Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00pm, Sat & Sun 10:00-6:00pm
Founded in 1795, the National Botanic Gardens are noted for their fine plant collections, holding over 17,000 plant species and varieties from around the world. The gardens are famous for their beautiful landscaped gardens and exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, notably the Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House, both recipients of the Europa Nostra award for excellence in conservation architecture. Visitors can enjoy such features as the herbaceous borders, rose garden, woodland garden, the ponds, rock garden, arboretum and an organic fruit and vegetable garden that opened in 2008.
Also ongoing at the minute is the annual Sculpture In Context exhibition, which runs until Friday 21st October. This is the largest outdoor Sculpture exhibition held in Ireland. The sculptures are the work of over one hundred and thirty leading Irish and international artists and are displayed throughout the gardens to surprise and delight you.
If you are like me, the news that the tearooms are open daily will be the perfect lure!