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National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

Ireland - Dublin

Institution Code: DBN

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

The Great Palm House at night
The Great Palm House at night

About the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

Founded in 1795. Also includes the National Herbarium of Ireland (DBN).

Main Address:
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

Telephone: 353 (0)1 804 0300
Fax: 353 (0)1 836 0080
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Matthew Jebb
    Curator's Name: Paul Maher
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Elizabeth Brennan
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 23
    Educational Staff Number: 6
    Research Staff Number: 6
    Administration Staff Number: 13

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
  • Date founded: 1795
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: N
  • Landscaped Area: Y
    Landscaped Area: Size: 19 Hectares
  • Total Area: 19 Hectares
    Latitude: 53.3788
    Longitude: -6.2437
    Annual Rainfall: 724 mm
    Altitude: 20.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: Y
    Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 660000
    Arboretum: Y
    Arboretum Size: 10
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Y
    Seed Bank: N
    Published Plant Catalogue: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: N
    Disabled access: Y
  • Number of Visitors: 540000

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 17000
  • Special Collections:Ericaceae, Saxifragaceae, Cupressaceae, Rosaceae, Pinaceae, Zamiaceae, Aquifoliaceae, Orchidaceae, Geraniaceae, Liliaceae, Taxaceae. Rhododendron, Garrya, Paeonia, Acer, Ilex, Pinus, Begonia, Pelargonium, Salix, Crinum, Arbutus, Potentilla, Quercus, Cycads, Threatened native Irish plants.
  • Invasive Species Policy: Y
    ABS Policy: Y
    Plant Collection Policy: Y

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Y
    Medicinal Plant Programme: N
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: N
    Plant Breeding: N
    Conservation - Biology: Y
    Conservation - Genetics: Y
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
    Ecology: Y
    Ecosystem Conservation: Y
    Education: Y
    Ethnobotany: Y
    Exploration: Y
    Floristics: Y
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: Y
    Molecular Genetics: Y
    Pollination Biology: Y
    Restoration Ecology: N
    Seed/Spore Biology: N
    Sustainability: Y
    Pharmacology: N
    Agriculture: N
    Land Restoration: N
    Urban Environments: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y
    Courses for School Children: Y
    Courses for University/College Students: N
    Courses for General Public: Y
    Education Programme: Y