Brendan Little

Brendan is an award-winning, and internationally-recognised, garden designer and lecturer. He trained at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and lectures frequently in the USA.

Brendan is currently a tutor with the ETB in Letterkenny formerly he was head gardener of Carrablagh House garden in Portsalon, Co Donegal, a well established country garden dating back to the mid 19th century.

He contributes regularly to BBC Radio Ulster’s Gardeners Corner and also works as a freelance gardening advisor and horticultural tutor. Plant collecting expeditions have taken Brendan to Ecuador and the Galapagos, and the Pacific Northwest.

He currently lives with his wife Paula and their two children in Donegal where he has his own two acre garden.



Joanne Butler


Joanne Butler runs OURganic Gardens promoting sustainable education at home and in community gardens in Donegal. OURganic Gardens was Awarded an Irish Food Writers Guild Social Responsibility Award in 2016 and shortlisted for AONTAS Star Awards in 2017.

OURganic Gardens HOMEplace is a newly established social enterprise located in Gortahork .  Joanne currently holds talks in growing your own food and runs workshops on sustainable living at OURganic Gardens and in the community gardens. Joanne is also Chairperson of Donegal Community Garden Network, Secretary of Community and Gardens Ireland and is also involved in the Environmental PPN and Permaculture Donegal.

Joanne lives with her husband and three amazing children who inspire her every day to keep going and make the business into a successful enterprise for them to be part of  OURganic Gardens. OUR community, OUR future, OUR food. Based in Gortahork, co Donegal .

Open day to public: Thursday

Volunteer day: Tuesday

Enquiries can be made with Joanne on 0861789971 or email joanne.butler@me.com