Main function of the garden
Support of botanical teaching and research with TCD by providing living plant material, controlled growth environments, glasshouses and other experimental facilities. The gardens also houses the Irish Rare and Threatened Plant Genebank.
Mackaya bella - A south African species named by William Harvey in honour of James Townsend Mackay, Curator of the Botanic Garden from 1804-1862. A tender shrub, requiring glasshouse protection in winter.