Botanic Gardens

Next to the Prospect Cemetery in Glasnevin lies another beautifully tended expanse of open land, the "Botanic Gardens." In Lotus Eaters Bloom imagines the steamy air in the "Hothouse" as a local slice of Ceylon, source of fine teas and "the garden of the world." In Hades he thinks of the gardens in connection with the adjacent cemetery and with the "Mount Jerome" Protestant cemetery, which lies on the south side of Dublin in Harold's Cross. In Ithaca he dreams about having botanical wonders on his own property.

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2008 photograph by Folks at 137 of the Great Palm House, a greenhouse in the Botanic Gardens designed by Richard Turner. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Tropical plants inside the Palm House. Source: www.skibbereeneagle.ie.

2008 photograph by Folks at 137 of the Curvilinear Range, also designed by Richard Turner. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Outdoor flower plantings in the Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin. Source: www.gardenvisit.com.

Steel bridge over waterlilies in the Glasnevin Botanic Gardens. Source: alancedcrafts.com.

One of the many magnificent scenes surrounding the house at Kilmacurragh, in County Wicklow. Source: clissmannhorsecaravans.com.

Rhododendrons in bloom at the Kilmacurragh arboretum. Source: clissmannhorsecaravans.com.

Rockery plantings in the Glasnevin Botanic Gardens. Source:

Edelweiss and potato flowers. Sources: Wikimedia Commons and www.suttonelms.org.uk.