An Oasis of Calm and Beauty
The National Botanic Gardens were founded in 1795 by the Dublin Society, and they have grown to hold 20,000 living plants and millions of dried plant specimens. Occupying a beautiful forty-eight-acre site on the banks of the Tolka River there are some lovely trees, many outstanding displays of shrubs and perennials and, of course, the famous glasshouses, including Turner’s spectacular curvilinear range.
There are several architecturally notable greenhouses on the grounds, most notably the Great Palm House situated in the southern parts of the gardens. Why not explore the cactus house on its west side and the orchid house on its east side?
The role of the Gardens is to explore, understand, conserve, and share the importance of plants. The National Botanic Gardens aim to be a place where leisure, recreation, and education are all compatible.