WORKSHOPS & FORAGING EXPERIENCES 2024

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Bespoke Events: Private and corporate events can be arranged for your group, either at The Herb Garden in Naul, North County Dublin, or in other locations, and they can be tailored to suit your specific area of interest.

Group Bookings: Group bookings are welcome. Contact me to discuss your requirements.

Enquiries: Contact Denise on 087 2758896 or email denise@theherbschool.ie

Gift Vouchers: You can buy a gift voucher for a Workshop or Foraging Experience by clicking on the link below.

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SEASHORE FORAGING WALKS

Venue: Donabate, Co. Dublin     Dates: Saturday 27th April 2024, Saturday 4th May 2024

seashore foraging walk

Wild leaves, flowers, berries, seeds, roots and seaweeds have been used for food and healing by all cultures for thousands of years. Our hedgerows, fields, parks, urban areas and coastlines are abundant with useful wild plants.

Learn how to safely identify Native Irish Coastal Plants, Herbs, Seaweeds and Shellfish, with plenty of tips on using them to create tasty and nutritious wild food dishes, drinks and simple herbal remedies.

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INTRODUCTION TO FORAGING WORKSHOP

Venue: The Herb Garden, Naul, Co. Dublin     Date: Saturday 25th May 2024

Basket of Wild Herbs

Are you interested in learning about foraging but don’t know where to start?

Are you afraid to pick a wild plant that you think is edible but you are not one hundred per cent sure that it is safe to eat?

Or maybe you can identify some wild plants but you don’t know where to start when it comes to harvesting and preparing wild food?

I am delighted to announce my new ‘Introduction to Foraging’ workshop’ that is designed specifically for beginners.

In this workshop you will learn how to identify and use some of our most common native Irish wild plants. There will be a strong emphasis on safety and on how to distinguish edible wild plants from their non edible counterparts.

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WILD GARLIC FORAGING EXPERIENCE

Venue: The Herb Garden, Naul, Co. Dublin     Date: Saturday 20th April 2024

Wild Garlic and Nettles in Basket

Join me in my garden where I will teach you how to safely identify native Irish plants and herbs, with plenty of tips on using them to create tasty and nutritious wild food dishes. I will then bring you to a nearby location where you can sustainably harvest your own wild garlic to take home.

Everyone will receive an e-book on wild garlic, covering identification, harvesting, preparation and my own original recipes, including recipes for wild garlic soup and wild garlic pesto.

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WILD FOOD FORAGING & COOKERY CLASS

Venue: Howth Castle Cookery School, Howth, Co. Dublin    Date: Sunday 12th May 2024

Howth Castle entrance

Join me at Howth Castle, in Dublin for a full day foraging experience. An educational, informative and fun foraging session will be followed by a delicious wild food lunch. In the afternoon we will have a practical wild food cookery class where you will make your own unique foraged preserves to bring home and share with family and friends.

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MEDICINAL HERB WORKSHOP

Venue: The Herb Garden, Naul, Co. Dublin     Date: Saturday 18th May 2024

Mullein and Marshmallow Herb Tea

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 teas, infusions, oils, tinctures and poultices using some of the plants that grow freely around us. We will also discuss how to incorporate beneficial herbs into your everyday cooking.

Participants will leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start using herbal remedies immediately to assist with treating many common minor ailments.

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EDIBLE GIFT ONLINE WORKSHOP & eBOOK

Delivery: This workshop was recorded live. You will receive a video to watch in your own time and a recipe eBook.

Preserves and Condiments

Edible gifts are thoughtful, unique, sustainable, eco-friendly and affordable.

Join me from the comfort of your own home for an online workshop where I will show you how to make delicious edible gifts using seasonal produce and basic store cupboard ingredients.

I will also have plenty of tips for using recycled jars, bottles and containers and for eco-friendly gift wrapping alternatives.

You will receive an eBook with all of the recipes covered in the workshop and lots of ideas on using the products that you have created.

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HERB TEA WORKSHOPS

Venue: The Herb Garden, Naul, Co. Dublin     Date: 2024 dates to be announced soon

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 teas and infusions using some of the plants that grow freely around us. We will also discuss how to incorporate beneficial herbs into your everyday cooking.

Participants will leave with enough knowledge and confidence to start using herbal teas immediately to assist with treating many common minor ailments.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF AN EXPERIENCE

Give your loved one the gift of an experience. Gift vouchers can be redeemed for in person or online workshops and foraging walks.

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ONLINE CLASSES

My new online series of ‘Herbs for Health’ workshops are now live. Information and booking at www.theherbschool.ie

Online talks and workshops can be tailored to meet your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any enquiries.

IN PERSON WORKSHOPS

I am delighted to finally be able to resume real life workshops, talks and foraging walks and will have a full programme of events available shortly.

HERB TALKS

Talks can be tailored to suit your needs, from private groups and gardening or horticultural clubs, to corporate groups, food and gardening related events, and child friendly educational activities.

The talks tend to be interactive, including hands-on demonstrations and audience participation. Slideshows are mainly used as a backdrop.

HERB WORKSHOPS

Denise has many years experience in delivering workshops, talks and demonstrations on numerous aspects of growing and using culinary, medicinal and native Irish wild herbs.

She holds a QQI Level 6 Qualification in Training and Delivery Evaluation.

FORAGING WALKS

All foraging walks are led by Denise, who is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the ‘weeds’ that grow all around us, from the tallest tree to the tiniest wildflower.

These plants can enhance our lives in so many ways, from creating nutritious wild food dishes, country cordials, wines and liqueurs, to using them for safe and simple home remedies.

Topics covered include Folklore and History, Culinary Uses, Medicinal Uses, Wildlife Biodiversity and Wild Crafting.

Foraging walks can take place anywhere, from city parks or canal banks, to secluded woodlands, country lanes, riverbank walkways and coastal cliff or seashore pathways.

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Enquiries: Contact Denise on 087 2758896 or email denise@theherbgarden.ie