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.
We are planning an exciting new programme of workshops for 2017. Topics will 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 Killruddery House and Gardens in Bray, County Wicklow.
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MEDICINAL HERB WORKSHOPS
2017 DATES TO BE CONFIRMED SOON..
Medicinal Herb Workshop
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 plants for culinary or medicinal purposes. The morning session of this workshop takes place at The Herb Garden, a certified organic specialist herb nursery, 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.
We will make a cough syrup for dry coughs and a very effective expectorant for chesty coughs. Participants will take home a recipe sheet, a detailed hand-out, and a bottle of cough syrup.
Herb 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
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
…gardening clubs, ICA, school gardens, community gardens, etc.