Brigit’s Garden hosted a ‘Herb Day’ day on Sunday, 19th October. There was something for all the family with a lively programme of talks, herb walks, stalls, workshops and plant swaps. The day ran from 11am to 4pm and was a great opportunity for learning about seaweed foraging, using herbs in cooking and healing, and growing herbs.
Joerg Mueller of Galway’s well-known Solaris teas led a delightful foraging walk around the Gardens and shared a wealth of information about herbal teas; herbalist Lisa Brooks offered a herbal cosmetics workshop where participants took away some nourishing creams they made with locally foraged herbs; Seaweed foraging expert Jessica Ratcliff fed visitors with facts and research and home-made treats from the Irish shore in the form of cakes, spreads and jellies – a delicious autumnal harvest! And Laura O’Connor, horticulturist and herb enthusiast, shared her knowledge and experience of cultivating herbs with a walk to the Brigit’s Garden herb spirals and a workshop for participants to try out her suggestions.
The marketplace was a busy hub of activity with a host of stalls from teas, locally foraged syrups, herbal creams and tinctures to herb information stalls, plants and seeds swapping stall and an exhibition of a herb project by a local primary school class. The herb project, ‘How our Grandparents used Herbs’ served as a source of inspiration for visitors to add their own personal and family experiences with herbs over the years.
Children came too, and enjoyed herb-themed games in the woodland and Gardens, stories and arts and crafts. All participants also enjoyed exploring the Celtic Gardens in their autumn finery and tasting herb bread, oil and syrups made by the Brigit’s Garden chefs, Nico and Roman.
Visitors were delighted with the day of experiential activities and workshops, subsidised by the EU-funded herb project and all left with smiles and arms full of new plants, freshly made creams and inspiring new ideas for working with local herbs.