WORKSHOPS

Denise is available for talks, workshops and demonstrations on growing herbs, cooking with herbs, wild herb foraging, making medicinal remedies and other herb related topics. A limited number of workshops are held at The Herb Garden each year. We also hold a number of open days throughout the growing season.

Workshop topics include herb garden design, growing herbs, propagation, wild herb foraging, cooking with herbs, medicinal herbs and lots more!

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MEDICINAL HERB WORKSHOP

SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018 - THE HERB GARDEN AND THE SÉAMUS ENNIS ARTS CENTRE,  NAUL, CO. DUBLIN

Photo: St John's Wort Tincture

 

'Learn how to make your own safe and effective herbal remedies'


Many common ailments can be safely treated at home, using wild or cultivated herbs. We can also boost our immune systems and fight infection by including herbs in our diet. This workshop will teach you how to make your own safe and effective herbal remedies and how to incorporate beneficial herbs into your everyday cooking. Participants will leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start using herbal remedies immediately to treat many conditions.

* Sore throats
* Dry and chesty coughs 
* Mouth and gum conditions
* Indigestion and stomach conditions
* Sprains and strains
* Burns and stings

Correct identification is vital when using wild plants for culinary or medicinal purposes. The morning session of this workshop takes place at The Herb Garden, where you will learn how to safely identify wild and cultivated medicinal herbs.

The identification session will be followed by a practical demonstration on making base herbal preparations, ie. infusions, decoctions, oils, tinctures and cough syrups. Once you learn these basic skills, you will then learn which herbs to use to treat specific ailments. Participants will take home a recipe sheet and detailed notes.

Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Denise Dunne runs The Herb Garden, a certified organic specialist herb nursery, established in 1995, and has many years experience in growing and using medicinal herbs. 
www.theherbgarden.ie

Venue: The Herb Garden and The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Date: 28th April 2018
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Admission: €85 (including herbal tea tastings and detailed notes)

Contact: Denise on 087 2758896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


WILD FOOD FORAGING WORKSHOP

SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2018 - THE HERB GARDEN AND THE SÉAMUS ENNIS ARTS CENTRE,  NAUL, CO. DUBLIN

 

 

Photo: Wild Garlic Pesto

 

'Learn how to identify and cook with seasonal wild herbs'


This workshop will teach you how to safely identify wild herbs and how to incorporate these beneficial plants into your everyday cooking. Participants will leave with enough knowledge and confidence to forage, cook and preserve their own wild food. The following topics will be covered.

* Wild herb identification
* Folklore
* Culinary uses
* Medicinal uses
* Cookery demonstration and tastings
* Wild herb preserves

Correct identification is vital when using wild plants for culinary or medicinal purposes. The morning session of this workshop takes place at The Herb Garden, where you will learn how to safely identify wild plants.

The identification session will be followed by a practical demonstration on cooking with the herbs we have foraged. Recipes will include the following, depending on season and availability.

* Nettle soup
* Wild herb omelette/frittata
* Wild garlic pesto
* Wild herb salads
* Blossom cordials, syrups and liqueurs

Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Denise Dunne runs The Herb Garden, a certified organic specialist herb nursery, established in 1995, and has many years experience in foraging and using wild herbs for culinary and medicinal uses.
www.theherbgarden.ie

Venue: The Herb Garden and The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Date: Saturday 12th May 2018

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

 

Admission: €85 (including tastings and recipes) 
Contact: Denise on 087 2758896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

HERB GROWING WORKSHOP

NEW MAY 2018 DATE TO BE CONFIRMED SOON - THE HERB GARDEN,  NAUL, CO. DUBLIN

 Photo: Basil Seedlings

 

 ‘Learn how to design, plant and maintain your own herb garden’

Herbs have been used for food and healing, by all cultures, for thousands of years. This workshop will teach you how to design, plant and maintain your own herb garden, from a small container herb collection to a large decorative herb garden. It will also teach you how to propagate your own plants from seeds and cuttings. The following topics will be covered.

* Planning and design concepts
* Site preparation
* Planting plan
* Herb growing principles
* Plant care and maintenance
* Propagation – seeds, division, stem and root cuttings
* Container growing
* Harvesting and preserving
* Herb identification and uses

The workshop will include a practical demonstration on propagation, where everyone will get a chance to sow seeds and prepare cuttings to take home.

You will also learn a method of creating a substantial herb garden in just a few hours, without involving any digging or weeding!

Places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Denise Dunne runs The Herb Garden, a certified organic specialist herb nursery, established in 1995, and has many years experience in growing and using culinary and medicinal herbs. www.theherbgarden.ie

Venue: The Herb Garden, Naul, Co. Dublin
Date: Next May 2018 date to be confirmed soon..

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Admission: €85 (including seeds and cuttings to take home) 
Contact: Denise on 087 2758896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


  

WILD HERB FORAGING AFTERNOON

2018 DATES AND VENUES TO BE CONFIRMED

 

Wild leaves, flowers, berries, seeds and roots have been used for food and healing by all cultures for thousands of years. Our hedgerows, fields, parks and urban areas are abundant with useful wild plants. Learn how to safely identify native Irish plants and herbs, with plenty of tips on using them to create tasty and nutritious wild food dishes, teas, cordials, liqueurs and simple herbal remedies.
 

 

Venue: The Herb Garden, Naul, Co. Dublin
Date: 2018 dates to be confirmed..
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Admission: €25 (Children from 8 to 14 years old free when accompanied by a paying adult. Not suitable for younger children).

Contact: Denise on 087 2758896 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 


 

PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

 

 

Herb Growing Workshop at Balbriggan Allotments

 

The finished demonstration Herb Bed at Balbriggan Allotments

 

GROUP VISITS

Group visits can be arranged by appointment and tailored to your needs. One of our most popular tours focuses mainly on native Irish trees and herbs, their folklore and traditional culinary and medicinal uses.
Another popular subject covers the identification of medicinal herbs, including a demonstration on preparing safe medicinal remedies.
The area around Naul is very scenic and steeped in history, from over 5000 BC to recent times. Fourknocks Megalithic Passage Graves is just a few minutes from The Herb Garden and a private tour can also be included in your visit.

Watch video by Paul Hope, for The Summer Solstice Session, Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, which includes a visit to The Herb Garden and Fourknocks.
The Summer Solstice Session The Summer Solstice Session

 

TALKS / DEMONSTRATIONS / WORKSHOPS

Denise has given many herb-related talks, workshops, growing and cookery demonstrations:
Dublin Garden Festival, Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin
Sonairte, The National Ecology Centre
Cooks Academy, Dublin
The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
GIY Ireland Regional Gathering
South County Dublin Horticultural Society
College of Naturopathic Medicine
Boston Dinner Party Cookery School
Slow Food Events
Balbriggan Allotments
…gardening clubs, ICA, school gardens, community gardens, etc.

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