It may seem a little odd to grow native plants inside in a glasshouse when they would mostly be perfectly hardy out of doors, but this reflects our main role in teaching support: potted plants are easy to transport into practical classes held in laboratories on the main College campus.  Additionally, some of our native species may get too vigorous if grown in beds out of doors.  Growing them in pots helps to keep them in check, and also allows us to match the potting mix to the ecological requirements of the various species.

Chrysosplenium oppositifolia, Golden Saxifrage, a species of damp woodlands, growing in the Irish House

Native Western Marsh-orchid, Dactylorhiza majalis growing in the Irish House, but which is at home in the western, southern and south-eastern coastal counties of Ireland