Openings ~ 33 Botanic Gardens, Dublin

One of the many entrances to the Curvilinear Glasshouses, Irish National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.Begun in 1843 and opened in 1849, but not actually completed until 1869. The east wing was built by William Clancy, but the remaining sections were built by Richard Turner, and his son William. It is the most important building in the Gardens and another glimpse will be seen in the post tomorrow. The range was faithfully restored in 1995.

There are a great variety of glasshouses in the grounds and they come in many shapes and sizes, the first of which was built in 1800. The Palm house was erected in 1884, when the previous wooden building was damaged in a storm. This building and its accompanying Orchid House and Camellia house wings was restored in 2004.

During a visit in March this year my focus was on the Conservatory. The first building you see from the car park.

To mark National Tree Week an exhibition – ‘In celebration of trees’ – An exhibition of Bonsai, was in progress. A series of free re-potting demonstrations was held during the course of the exhibition.

I was not there at the time of the demonstrations, but was privileged to meet Andrew J Murray the owner of the specimens, who for the second year running had been invited to use the space to display his treasures.  He had 150 specimens on display all nurtured, carried and set out for the couple of weeks at his own expense.  It was a real labour of love.

Andrew Murray

Andrew told me that he liked to reproduce our own native trees in miniature form.

14 thoughts on “Openings ~ 33 Botanic Gardens, Dublin

  1. Grannymar Post author

    Nick – You snuck in while I was typing. Now that you mention it, people are always hugging trees, so maybe they have feelings. Away out with you to the garden and ask the first tree on the left!

  2. Judy Harper

    I the the trees are beautiful! I looked at doing bonsai trees, but it takes patients and a lot of work. This was after the Karate Kid movies! At the time, I didn’t have patients, nor the time. My Mom’s side of the family are Turners, and we know he came from Ireland, just not sure where. I do know, the Hilley’s on my Dad’s side came from Cork. (I hope I spelled that right!) Nice building for trees! Openness and sun! I enjoyed the pictures! Very good shots!

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Judy – Welcome back to my blog. Bonsai is a long slow process requiring plenty of patience and space to keep the trees. The exhibition was only temporary for a few weeks, then Andrew would have to pack them up and take them home. Does everyone in America have Irish ancestors? 😉 Sometimes it seems like it. Conrad not alone claims some Irish blood back along the way, but has now decided we are cousins!! 😆

    Brighid – I thought about growing some bonsai years ago, but like the idea of building a kit car, I let it blow with the wind.

  4. wisewebwoman

    I had some bonsais in Toronto but I hadn’t started them, they were a gift. Three of them with a bridge and a pool and little mini people on the bridge. I could look at it for hours. Like a meditation. Gave them away when I moved here.

  5. Rummuser

    The one thing in Japanese art forms that puts me off is Bonsai. It is procrustesianism for trees and shrubs and I would imagine trees and shrubs treating it as cruelty.

  6. Grannymar Post author

    WWW – I wonder how old those bonsai were when you got them? They sound like they were quite mature.

    Ramana – You have given me the best excuse ever to ignore my garden! What better time to do so than on Earth Day! Soon any Toyboy looking for me will need a scythe to cut down the briars and weeds.

  7. blackwatertown

    Great place to visit. And while on Botanic Avenue – drop into No Alibis for crime books and the War on Want shop for local books. And there are outrageously delicious big cakey bun creations nearby in the Crescent Arts Centre cafe.

  8. Grannymar Post author

    BWT – It might be a long walk…. This Botanic gardens is in Dublin! 😆
    I have yet to visit and feature the wonders in Belfast’s Botanic gardens.


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