Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens

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Address and contact details
Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, Kilbride, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Web site:
Latitude: 52° 55' 45.50"N
Longitude: 06° 8' 52.93"W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1850, Part of National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin since 1998
Ownership:Office of Public Works
Garden code:KILM
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Director: Matthew Jebb
Curator: Paul Maher
Head Gardener: Seamus O'Brien
Contact person: Seamus O'Brien
Total Staff:7
Total Horticultural Staff:3
Accessions:A set of written Policies as per the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Collections:A set of written Policies as per the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Physical environment
Altitude:120 m
Soil type:Acid over shale
Aspect:South east facing surrounded by hills to 240 m
Total area:Arboretum 4 hectares, 10 hectares total
Other sites of collection:Part of National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Weather recordsNo records kept
Av. monthly max:12.8 °C
Av. monthly min:6.8 °C
Average annual:1168 mm
Plant collection
Notable plants within the collection:
Cryptomeria japonica 'Kilmacurragh Cristata', Laureliopsis philippiana, Picconia excelsa, Picea orientalis, Podocarpus salignus
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Southern Hemisphere Gymnosperms
Special genera within the collections:
Athrotaxis, Cunninghamia, Saxegothea, Fitzroya, Podocarpus, Rhododendron,
Special collections:
Phytogeographic plantings of collections from China and Chile expeditions undertaken by National Botanic Gardens staff.
Record Keeping:kept since 1998
Record System:BG-Recorder
Plant-collecting trips:Chile, 2007
Facilities on site
Herbarium:at National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Library:at National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
Research facilities:No
Teaching and Education:Guided walks and other events for adults and children.
Interpretation:Guide service offering supervised garden walks, brochure and guided trail
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Car Park, Toilets
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Visitors per year:30,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 9am-6pm, 5pm in winter
Guiding principles behind the collection
Funded by Central Government to pursue the basic objectives of conservation, education, research, demonstration and recreation, as part of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. The Gardens reflect the role of the Acton family's collaboration with Glasnevin from 1850 to the 1930s.
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