Photographer's Note

The National Botanic Gardens in Dublin were founded in 1795 and 200 hundred years later remain a peaceful and interesting place in which to spend a few hours. We were lucky to share our visit there with Noel Byrne who acted as our knowledgeable Dublin tour guide.

This is shot of the recently restored Great Palm House, one of several architecturally notable greenhouses in the gardens. Built in 1883 to replace an earlier wooden structure the greenhouse has recently been faithfully restored by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and was reopened in 2004.

Costing £800 when it was built in 1884, the Great Palm House was made of wood and iron and prefabricated in the Scottish town of Paisley by James Boyd & Son. It was shipped to Ireland in pieces and assembled on site: a Victorian flat-pack greenhouse, 65 feet high, 80 feet wide and 100 feet long.

In the years before the restoration, the Great Palm House had become seriously decayed and instable and was closed to the public in the early 2000s. After more than 100 years, its wrought iron, cast iron and timber construction had seriously deteriorated. Prior to its restoration a large number of panes of glass were breaking each year due to the corrosion and instability of the structure.

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