Main research of the garden
Conservation biology, taxonomy, physiological ecology, plant response to climate change.
The garden produces an Index Seminum for exchange with other gardens, arboreta and bona fide individuals every two years.
Four heated glasshouses, three unheated glasshouses, one poly-tunnel, walk-in controlled environment chambers, deep-freeze seed genebank, low temperature growth facilities, experimental plots including open top chambers, growing beds including systematic garden and arboretum, potting shed and ancillary facilities. The diverse plant collection reflects teaching and research needs.
New facilities, including a seed storage and germination facility, and a laboratory/classroom are currenty being developed.
Erica mackiana - Native of north-west Spain, south-west France, and western Ireland, the specific epithet commemorates James Townsend Mackay, Curator of the Botanic Garden from 1804-1862. The species is currently the subject of research within the department to determine the biogeographic affinities of Irish populations by using molecular markers.
Paeonia mlokosewitschii - A free-flowering herbaceous peony from the Caucasus, photographed in the Order Beds.