Want to know what links Ludwig Wittgenstein and the celery-topped pine tree?
Then come with us on our podcast tour of the wonderful glasshouses in the Irish Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, Dublin. You’ll hear stories about weird plants, the engineering of a glasshouse, exotic orchids, and some of the science and scientists associated with the gardens. Click to download the podcast tour here.
This audio tour will take you inside the world famous glasshouses, architectural treasures that Richard Turner designed in the 1840s. We’ll introduce you to some of their most fascinating residents, including the loneliest tree in the world, the Wood’s Cycad.
We will have you imagining the smell from all the aromatic plants, and introduce you to a fearsome plant, known as the Queen of the Andes, that eats birds and sheep.
This 40 minute podcast tour is an ideal guide to your visit to the gardens, or perfect for an armchair tour that will transport you to the steamy surroundings of the tropical glasshouses in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. So if you are interested in the role that science and botany have played in Irish history, this series of podcasts is just right for you. Click to download the podcast tour here.
This is the first in a series of three audio tours from the gardens made in association with National Botanic Gardens and with grant aid from the department of Tourism, Culture and Sport under the Cultural Technology Grant Scheme 2010.
For more about the fascinating history of science in Ireland, visit our website.