National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

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Address and contact details
Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
Tel: 353 (0)1 804 0300
Fax: 353 (0)1 836 0080
Web site:
Latitude: 53° 22' 18.5"N
Longitude: 6° 16' 11.50"W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1795
Ownership:Office of Public Works
Garden code:DBN
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Global Partnership for Plant Conservation, International Phenological Garden Network, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Director: Matthew Jebb
Curator: Paul Maher
Taxonomist: Matthew Jebb
Librarian: Alexandra Caccamo
Supervisor Guide: Felicity Gaffney
Contact person: Matthew Jebb
Total Staff:77
Total Horticultural Staff:25
Accessions:A set of written Policies has been published in 2004
Collections:A set of written Policies has been published in 2004
Physical environment
Altitude:23 m
Soil type:Clay
Total area:20 ha
Area heated:4000 m²
Other sites of collection:Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average daily:9.8 °C
Absolute maximum:27.8 °C
Absolute minimum:-18.5 °C (1982)
Average annual:724 mm
Plant collection
Plants:13 639
Notable plants within the collection:
Trachycarpus first to be planted outside (in 1870), Champion trees include Cedrus atlantica 'Pendula', Cupressus macnabiana, Pinus sabiniana, Polyothyrsis sinensis, Pyrus calleryana.
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Northern Europe, Southern Africa, Southwestern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mesoamerica, China, Northwestern USA, Eastern Asia, temperate South America
Special families within the collections:
Ericaceae, Saxifragaceae, Cupressaceae, Rosaceae, Pinaceae, Zamiaceae, Aquifoliaceae, Orchidaceae, Geraniaceae, Liliaceae, Taxaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Rhododendron, Garrya, Paeonia, Acer, Ilex, Pinus, Begonia, Pelargonium, Salix, Crinum, Arbutus, Potentilla, Quercus
Special collections:
Conifers, ICCP – 3 Plants.
Garrya, NCCPG – 22 Accessions, .
Encephalartos – 9 Species, 20 Accessions.
Order Beds
Native plant collection
Vireya Rhododendrons
TARGET 8 PROJECT TAXON LIST   UK Red Data List 2005SAP lead partnerWELSH Red Data List 2008IRISH Red Data List 1987IRISH Red Data List 2005TARGET 8 PROJECT datasheetGarden(s)
Alchemilla glaucescens
B I propNBG Glasnevin
Astragalus danicus
Purple Milk-vetch
B I EN RE VU T8 Dundee BG
NBG Glasnevin
St.Andrews BG
RBG Logan
Carex buxbaumii
Club Sedge
B I VU EW EW T8 NBG Glasnevin
RBG Benmore
Carex depauperata
Starved Wood-sedge
B W I EN Plantlife RE RE VU T8 NBG Glasnevin
Inula salicina
Irish Fleabane
I VU ENTrinity College Dublin
NBG Glasnevin
Matthiola sinuata
Sea Stock
B W I VU EX EX T8 NBG Glasnevin
Oenanthe pimpinelloides
Corky-fruited Water-dropwort
B W I CR RE parkNBG Glasnevin
Parapholis incurva
Curved Hard-grass
B W I propNBG Glasnevin
Ranunculus tripartitus
Three-lobed Crowfoot
RE VU T8 NBG Glasnevin
Saxifraga granulata
Meadow Saxifrage
B W I EN CRNBG Glasnevin
Spiranthes romanzoffiana
Irish Lady's-tresses
RE VUTrinity College Dublin
NBG Glasnevin
All Ireland SAP
Trichomanes speciosum
Killarney Fern
English Nature
NH Museum
VU RE VU T8 NBG Glasnevin
Trifolium occidentale
Western Clover
B W I propNBG Glasnevin
Record Keeping:Kept since 1820s
Record System:BG-Base (to 1992), Excel (to2006), BG-Recorder
Mapping web-based
Phenological records:International Phenological Garden since 1964
Plant-collecting trips:International and national
Belize, Chile, China, Siberia
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Approximately 600 000 wild collected and 5000 cultivated specimens. Code DBN in Index Herbariorum
Library:40 000 items; floras, monographs, horticultural catalogues. Public access by appointment
Research facilities:General biological laboratories, including tissue culture facilities, DNA extraction and analysis
Publications:Index seminum, Glasra and Occasional Papers, Irish county Floras
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Primary, secondary, higher, taxonomic and public education.
Classes for the general public on gardening and Irish Botany
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, guided trails, lectures
Friends Organisation:No
Visitor facilities:Café. Restaurant and small shop, Gallery and regular exhibitions
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Visitors per year:540,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm; closes 4.30pm in winter
Guiding principles behind the collection
The mission of the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland is to ensure that plant diversity is cherished and nurtured in Ireland and throughout the world as our greatest renewable natural resource.
A key principle of the institution is to assist with capacity building for botanic gardens and plant conservation worldwide through educational, horticultural, research, conservation and training programmes.
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