Gardening Services

We welcome visitors to the gardens where Hazel is happy to guide you and your group around the gardens and share her love of gardening with you. Tea & Scones can be provided by arrangement.

We also offer an advice service providing practical advice on topics such as making your garden less labour-intensive, planting schemes and garden designs.

Workshops are run at Gortnalee on plant propagation, division and pruning and making compost.

The Living Willow structures in the garden are the subject of courses run in February when the willow is ripe for harvesting.

Visiting Gortnalee

The gardens are open to visitors by appointment - just use the contact details below to arrange your visit.

Each season has its own charm - the woodland areas start off the Spring season and the main gardens burst into colour in Summer.

In Autumn the woodlands once more take centre stage before the garden goes asleep for Winter.

Visiting can be arranged any time from April to October - just contact us!

Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions we are unable to offer you our usual Tea and Scones!

Instead of an admission fee we are asking you to make a donation to the Laois Hospice Foundation when you visit.

Living Willow Classes

Living Willow can add an unusual feature to the garden. Because Willow is so easy to root it is the perfect medium for these creative additions to the garden. Willow is harvested for this in January and February so workshops in this art form are held during these two months. The fee for participants is €25 per person.

A limited amount of willow is available each year for off-site projects. Contact by phone or email to book a place.

Gardening Workshops

Whether you want to learn how to prune your roses, divide your daisies or pot on your seedlings, we run workshops to give you practical help and hands-on experience to increase your skills! Participants always go away with a small memento of Gortnalee. Workshop fees are €25 per person and limited to 4 participants.

Is your garden getting you down?

If you are living in the general area of Gortnalee, why not get Hazel to visit your garden and recommend ways to give it a new lease of life? Or to make it easier to maintain? Seeing your garden through another person's eyes is often just what you need to take a new approach and discover a new enthusiasm for your garden! Fees negotiable depending on the distance from Gortnalee.Call or email to make your appointment!

About Gortnalee Enterprises

We open the garden for visitors by appointment from April to September. We provide Garden Design services and run workshops in aspects of gardening

Groups are welcome as well as individual visitors. You can have a guided tour of the garden as well as time to browse ar your leisure. A small selection of plants from the garden is also on offer for sale.

Presentations and Talks

I am available to talk to Gardening Clubs or other groups on my experiences in creating Gortnalee and other relevant topics.

Sample Courses

Gortnalee features some Willow Structures and fences and courses creating these unusual features are available.

Practical skills like making compost and pruning roses can be taught on a one-to-one basis or to groups.

Get in Touch

  • Mobile:
    +353 (0)86 285 8067
  • Email:
  • Address:
    Gortnalee House
    Donaghmore, Co. Laois
    R32 C8 K0