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Heritage Week 2022 Events at the National Botanic Gardens


Please refer to events listed hereunder for prices.


13/08/2022 - 21/08/2022

Heritage Week: National Botanic Gardens Delve Deeper Family Workshop

Families, join us for an insightful workshop exploring the natural world as you've never seen before! Start with an exploratory walk in the Gardens, collecting specimens with our expert guides, then take an in-depth look at our newfound treasures using child-friendly handheld digital microscopes.

This is a free event as part of Heritage Week 2022

The workshops will be Monday 15th to Friday 19th August from 11am to 12noon and 2pm to 3pm.

Booking at Eventbrite.


Heritage Week: National Botanic Gardens Plants for a New Climate – Themed Tour

Join us for a special Heritage Week 2022 themed tour – Plants for a New Climate on Tuesday 16th August. Our gardens can help to combat flooding, store carbon, provide shelter for wildlife and improve our sense of health and wellbeing. As our climate changes, we look at creative and resilient planting choices for our future landscape.

Tuesday 19th August 2pm.

Booking essential at Eventbrite. €5 per person.

Heritage Week: National Botanic Gardens National Herbarium Guided Tour

The National Herbarium at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin contains more than half a million dried and preserved plant and fungi specimens from Ireland and around the world. The Herbarium also houses the Economic Botany collection which comprises plant specimens, such as bark, fruits, leaves, fibres, tubers, as well as plant-derived products and artefacts. These scientifically valuable and historically important collections, dating from centuries past to the present day, contain a wealth of information on plants and the world around us.

To celebrate Heritage Week, come visit us on this tour behind the scenes to see some of the highlights of these unique and irreplaceable collections, learn about the ways that herbarium specimens are used, including their role in research on the global challenges we face in terms of biodiversity loss and climate change, and find out more about the on-going work at the National Herbarium.

The tour will take place on 17th August at 2pm.

Booking is essential at Eventbrite. €5 per person.

Heritage Week: National Botanic Gardens Treeconomics – Themed Guided Tour

This Heritage Week join us for Treeconomics – a special themed guided tour of the trees of the National Botanic Gardens. This tour will trace the historical and present day economic uses of a selection of our trees.

Saturday 20th August at 2pm.

Booking is essential at Eventbrite. €5 per person.


Heritage Week: National Botanic Gardens Meet the Natives – Themed Tour

As well as grand glasshouses and ornamental beds, the National Botanic Gardens also contains corners teeming with the wilder life – the flowers and plants which festoon meadows and hedgerows, providing food and shelter for all sorts of creatures. Meet the Natives, one of our themed tours for Heritage Week, takes us on a journey through the wildflowers of late summer, exploring their colours and scents, their names and uses, their variety and beauty, and their value as part of precious natural ecosystems.

Friday 19th August at 2pm. Booking essential at Eventbrite.



Heritage Week Tour: Nature’s Medicine Chest

Traditional folk medicine in Ireland is a practice we have lost connection with in modern times.

On this Heritage Week tour, we will explore the traditions and customs associated with folk medicine through a selection of some of our most well-known native medicinal plants.

Thursday 18th August at 2pm. Booking essential at Eventbrite.

Heritage Week: National Botanic Gardens Drop-By Workshop – Build a Bug Hotel

Join us on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th of August for Heritage Week 2022 where we will be making bug hotels for all your insects needs! Using recycled and found materials we will create some plush pads for your mini beasts to see out the winter in!

Suitable from ages 4 and up. This drop-by in the Children’s Garden is on from 11am to 12noon and from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. All children must bring their own grown up and there is no booking needed for this event.


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