The Botanic Gardens Podcast Tour : Red
What links the alphabet with Dublin’s National Botanic Gardens and an ingenious Cherokee chief?
Find out on this audio guided tour of the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin — the ‘alphabet tree’ is just one of the many fascinating stories featured on our Red tour of the historic gardens.
Other stories include the unusual ‘pulsation engine’ and how it pumped the old mill stream in the gardens uphill to the glasshouses. You’ll also discover why Chinese roses were so much more interesting than European ones and what the gardens are doing to monitor climate change.
Along the way you can sit a while in the chain tent that is part metal and part tree and if you’re lucky you might catch the blue green flash of a kingfisher down by the river. Visit in May and you can enjoy one of the garden’s delights, the Chinese handkerchief tree in full bloom.
Self guided tour of the Glasnevin Gardens
Allow about an hour for the tour. This podcast is an ideal guide to exploring the gardens or perfect for an armchair tour that will transport you to the historic and beautiful gardens. Ideal for anyone interested in the role science and botany have played in Irish history. Click to download the podcast tour here.
The visitor centre in the garden has a cafe and occasional exhibitions, and ample car and bike parking.
This is the third 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.
For more about the fascinating history of science in Ireland, visit our website, Ingenious Ireland.ie.