Things to do in Dublin : Visit Ireland’s National Botanical Gardens
These are a few pictures of my most recent trip to Dublin’s Botanical Gardens. I had previously been to see this place in my childhood under the age of ten but i couldn’t really remember it except from images and pictures i’d seen of my self there. So a few months ago i decided to check them out, i was genuinely blown away, i couldn’t believe that this wonderland was a thirty minute drive from my house all this time… & never in my adult life had i bothered to pay it a visit. Up until my twenties i was perhaps a bit more hedonistic and more interested in drinking and socializing than actually experiencing things. There is no admission fee in and every part of it is free to the public. (other than the occasional “nursery” observatories where certain plants in their infancy have to be kept cordoned off until they’re a few years old) Having been down to Powerscourt Gardens, which in their own right are stunning and vast, i was significantly more taken with the Botanicals (also the lack of 12 euro charge in comparison to Powerscourt) The lands are incredibly expansive and there are so many incredibly interesting things around.
One of the things i really enjoy about going to see and explore the gardens is that for one, they’re incredibly large and you rarely cover all the ground and pathways or observatories in one visit. Secondly, if you go every few months you get to see the gardens and flowers along with their changes during each of the four seasons. Different parts of the gardens are going to be blooming at different times of the year, so you get a legitimately unique and new experience there four times a year.
You also get a better appreciation for the National Parks Department every time you go out into nature and a visit to the Botanical Gardens is no different, each time i come here i thank god that there are and have been passionate environmentalists in this country that made sure that these grounds didn’t get leveled and turned into apartment blocks or another gigantic shopping mall. Instead this land has been preserved to showcase the beauty of what Irish botanicals and horticulture has to offer. The fact that they’ve chosen to integrate Irish Artists work all around the grounds inside and outside of the observatories adds so much intrigue, It’s a little like stepping into Wonderland.
Strolling around the grounds makes you rethink some of the trivial things going on in your life at that time, silly, materialistic or petulant issues seem to fall away and you get a little grasp on what you’d lost as the years have gone on and the childhood idea of “playing outside” amongst the trees and fresh air tend to be swapped out for brunches or nights out. Being someone that does actually get out into nature as often as i can, be in a park in my area where i’ll walk my dogs, some gardens, or the mountains for a hike; spending time outdoors is incredibly under-rated in modern societies. It also strengthens my resolve to reduce my plastic waste and to recycle more and become more conscious of the ways in which I’m personally contributing to polluting our environment. A Lot of the pieces of art you’ll happen across (more pictures of which i will eventually put up) have a relevance to the “reduce, reuse” campaign. The crop of artist’s whose work they’re showcasing are of the highest quality.
A greater appreciation for our ecosystems and environments and the effects that we as humans are causing on them is always a good thing. Visiting somewhere like this gives you a little well-needed wake up call. This is worth preserving.