Explore the world of native Irish plants and trees at The Herb Garden, a rewilded, organic garden situated just outside the charming village of Naul in North County Dublin, in the shadow of Fourknocks megalithic tombs.

The Herb School was established by Denise Dunne here in the historic and picturesque Delvin river valley, where she lives in a traditional Irish stone cottage and is the grateful custodian of an ancient ‘holy’ well.

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Cottage and wildflowers


Denise Dunne established The Herb Garden, Ireland’s first certified organic specialist herb plant and seed nursery, based in Naul, County Dublin, in 1995.

She was one of the earliest members of The Organic Trust when there were only a handful of organic producers in Ireland and one of the early members of the Temple Bar Food Market in Dublin.

She is currently a member of Slow Food Ireland and The Association of Foragers and was a chosen delegate to represent Slow Food Ireland at Terra Madre, Salone del Gusto, an international gastronomy exhibition, in Turin, Italy in 2018.

She is also one of the founders of the Fingal Food Network and worked on setting up the Dublin’s Coast and Fields local food and drink provenance programme.

Denise was a co-founder of ShopLocal.irish, a grass roots initiative that helps local small businesses supply goods to their customers.

She has many years of experience in writing and teaching on the topics of growing and using culinary and medicinal herbs and native Irish wild plants for food and
medicine. She is no longer running the herb nursery and intends to concentrate in the future on sharing her knowledge and experience through her new business venture, The Herb School.

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