Gardening and Foraging Course

Garden, Field, and Forest
2-Day Course Saturday and Sunday // 25-26 September

Belle Isle is offering a new two day weekend course where participants will be able to connect with nature on many different levels. During the duration of two days you will learn about wild plants that can be foraged to be used in your kitchen as well as how to grow your own vegetables both outdoors and in the polytunnel. We feel incredibly fortunate to have two renowned experts co-teach this course.

Saturday morning will be spent learning from the gardening expert Klaus Laitenberger about soil fertility, composting, green manures with a practical element of propagation, seed sowing and cuttings. After a scrumptious lunch you will be invited to visit our polytunnel and learn how the food is grown inside, you will also gain knowledge about organic pest, disease and weed control. You will walk away with a solid knowledge about planning your garden including crop rotation, and choice of crops. There will be a talk and a presentation both in the historic 18th century walled garden within Belle Isle and in the recently built polytunnel so that you will be able to gain both theoretical knowledge and  hands on experience.

Sunday you will spend all day learning from professional forager Clothilde Walenne about identifying and foraging wild plants that grow in abundance around Belle Isle and how to use them in your kitchen. During this workshop, Clothilde will guide you through the wild foods found in Ireland, where to find them, how to recognise them and how to store and preserve them easily.  Autumn is one of the best seasons to forage in Ireland and allows plenty of time to prepare unique and original presents for Christmas from your own foraged bounty! There will be a presentation on wild plants in Ireland followed by lunch. For the afternoon you will join Clothilde on a foraging walk and talk through the fields and woodlands of Belle Isle during which you will discover, touch, smell and taste the wild plants that the island has to offer. The walk is approximately one hour and a half so please dress accordingly (wellies recommended).

Klaus Laitenberger is the author of three vegetable gardening books. He was the Head Gardener at the Organic Centre in Co. Leitrim and restored the gardens of Lissadell House in Co. Sligo. He is a regular contributor to the Irish Garden magazine. Klaus also works as a gardening consultant and gives lectures and talks nationwide on growing food. His books have attained excellent reviews from other horticulturists and top gardening newspaper & magazine writers and other gardeners alike.

Clothilde Walenne is an in-house chef forager for an organic restaurant in Co Wicklow with a licence for wild foods. She has been foraging and preserving wild foods for chefs to use in their inspired and original dishes in this multi award winning restaurant.  Over the years, she has hosted many talks, master classes, workshops and guided walks. Clothilde is a busy mum of three and a keen beekeeper and mentor for Ashford and District Beekeepers Association.  She is studying to become Master Beekeeper. She also holds an RHS Diploma of horticulture, and a FETAC Award in Permaculture Design.

This 2-day course is £200 including lunch on both days.

Discounted accommodation is available for participants

Please email to register and book your accommodation

Make a short break out of this wonderful learning experience!

Thanks again for a great holiday. Hope to see you again!

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