Thursday, January 9, 2014

National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland

National Botanic Gardens
Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland

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. Famous for their beautiful landscaped gardens and exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, notable 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.

National Botanic Gardens' mission is to ensure that plant diversity is cherished and nurtured in Ireland and throughout the world. The mission is achieved by extensive programs on 'biodiversity' in Ireland and overseas in science, conservation, education and horticulture. Conservation plays an important role in the life of the botanic gardens and Glasnevin is home to over 400 threatened plant species from Ireland and around the world.

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