Ireland’s very first tulip portrait is coming into bloom this spring and can be viewed at the wonderful Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The portrait of Joyce measures some six meters across and is the result of Dutch-Irish horticultural cooperation with support from the Dutch Embassy, the Botanic Gardens and the James Joyce Centre.

To mark the occasion a series of lectures will take place at the Gardens beginning with the talk The Right to Culture – Why did James Joyce choose exile? by the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador Lionel Veer at 3pm on Tuesday 19th March 2013.

This will be followed with the lecture Language of Flowers: Joyce in Bloom by the Centre’s Research Scholar Terence Killeen at 2.30pm on Tuesday 26th March 2013.

These lectures are free. Please email [email protected] to reserve your place. For more information call +353 12693444 (ext 209) or visit