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!

Venues will include The Herb Garden and The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul, County Dublin and Bí URBAN, 3 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 8.

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Photo: St John's Wort Tincture


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 or cultivated plants for culinary or medicinal purposes. We will start by identifying some of the most important medicinal herbs and learning about their beneficial properties, whilst sampling some freshly made herb teas.

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 receive (by email) detailed notes, covering quantities and methods for making the basic herbal preparations, and a spreadsheet listing specific ailments and the best herbs that can be used to treat them.


Venue: Bí URBAN, 3 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 8
Dates: Saturday 22 July 2017
Time: 2pm to 4.30pm
Admission: €45 (including herbal tea tastings and detailed notes on making and using herbal preparations)

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


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






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: Sunday 30th July 2017
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Admission: €20 (Children under 14 years old free when accompanied by a paying adult)


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


 Questions: 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 at Balbriggan Allotments


The finished demonstration Herb Bed at Balbriggan Allotments



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



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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