National Botanic Gardens Announce Christmas Events

As ever, the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin are running a series of seasonal events in the run up to Christmas.

Kicking off the programme is the Eco Christmas Crafts workshop taking place November 24 and December 15. Aimed at children, the event will help spread beauty and prevent waste this Christmas by making environmentally friendly cards with recycled, natural and biodegradable materials.

The special cards – made with seed-infused paper – are the gift that keep on giving as after Christmas they can actually be planted in ones’ garden. The event is €5 to attend and booking is essential.

One can brighten up their December day with a guided tour of the gardens’ seasonal plants including Holly, the wide range of conifer trees and the indoor tropical rhododendrons and poinsettia. From Monday to Friday, entry is €5 while on Sundays it’s free of charge.

Go further with a themed guided tour specifically focusing on the topic of Festive Winter Plants. Explore the seasonal traditions associated with them  – from kissing under the mistletoe and chestnuts roasting
on an open fire, to the symbolism of the yew at the winter solstice and the burning of the yule log. These tours run on Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15 & 29 and cost €5 per person.

On Wednesday, December 5 is the popular Flower Arranging Demonstration with two-time Chelsea Award Winner Karen Massey. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit while picking up some great tips for decorating your home this Christmas.

One can also enjoy a glass of wine and mince pie at the pre-demonstration reception. Advance booking is essential with tickets costing €20.

The season culminates with Santa coming to the gardens on December 9. See Jolly Old St Nick and his helpers for free and savour the festive atmosphere with a live choir, a giant Christmas tree and handmade wreaths all present.

Meanwhile, one can fill their Christmas stockings with locally handcrafted goodies from the gardens’ Christmas Craft Market featuring 50 stalls brimming with food and gift ideas.

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