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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Herbarium

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The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Herbarium

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Sunday 14 October, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

The Herbarium at National Botanic Gardens contains a collection of more than half a million dried and documented plant specimens from Ireland and the rest of the world. The collections and associated literature and documentation act as a central repository of information relating to the distribution and taxonomy of the flora of Ireland. The economic botany collection contains some 20,000 samples of plant products, including fruits, seeds, wood, fibres, plant extracts, and artefacts. The herbarium serves as a reference centre, a documentation facility, a data storehouseand a research institution for the study of Irish and international botany. Associated with the herbarium is the library, with extensive archives relating to the history of horticulture in Ireland, and the flora of Ireland.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Please note tours of this building will run at 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00 on Sunday 14 October Wheelchair accessible. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Designed by: Ciaran O'Connor
Building Date: 1997
Location: Herbarium, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

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