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Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens

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Ireland - Dublin

Institution Code: KILMA

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

Kilmacurragh Arboretum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Kilmacurragh Arboretum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

About the Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens

The arboretum at Kilmacurragh, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow, has been managed by the National Botanic Gardens since 1996. It is particularly famous for its conifers and calcifuges and was planted during the 19th Century by Thomas Acton in association with the curators of the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin. During the early part of the twentieth century the estate passed from the hands of the Acton family and fell into a state of neglect. In 1970 the property was taken over by the land commission. A 58 acre portion comprising the house, arboretum, walled garden and entrance drive-way was handed over to the Forest and Wildlife Service. In 2010 it formerly received the title of national Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, and is known as Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens

Main Address:
Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens
c/o National Botanic Gardens
9 Ireland

Telephone: + 353 1 837 7596/ + 353 1 837 4388/ +353 1 804 0300
Fax: + 353 1 836 0080
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr Matthew Jebb
    Curator's Name: Paul Maher
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Elizabeth Brennan
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 3
    Educational Staff Number: 3
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1850
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 5 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 14 Hectares
  • Total Area: 25 Hectares
    Latitude: 53.3788
    Longitude: -6.2437
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow
  • Local Address: 3 km off the main Dublin to Wexford Road (N11)
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
    Arboretum Size: 10
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 12000

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 402
  • Special Collections:Collections of Rhododendron, conifers, Chilean and Chinese woody plants.

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: Yes
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes