The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh. An Eighteenth-Century Country Estate
The National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh lie within an estate developed extensively during the 19th century by Thomas Acton in conjunction with David Moore and his son Sir Frederick Moore, Curators of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. It was a period of great botanical and geographical explorations with numerous plant species from around the world being introduced to Ireland for the first time. The different soil and climatic conditions at Kilmacurragh resulted in many of these specimens succeeding there while struggling or failing at Glasnevin. Kilmacurragh is particularly famous for its conifer and rhododendron collections.
Kilmacurragh is open all year round, every day, except for Christmas Day. The grounds are free to enter and explore, and Acton Café offers coffee and lunches on site.
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