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About The Sea Gardener

Marie Power has been running seaweed workshops and events on wildlife for several years on a voluntary basis. Her professional background is in management and training consultancy. She decided to follow her interest in nature and now runs workshops  on a regular basis.  

Her introduction to  seaweed as a food took place  when she was very young. Her cousin, Jackie Power gathered carrageen around Stradbally Cove and it was cooked by his sister, Eily, into a very healthy dessert. The strong taste did not appeal and it was much later when she discovered how to make tasty as well as nutritious food using seaweed. In 2007, she attended a Copper Coast Geopark  workshop in Annestown with seaweed expert, Prannie Rhatigan.  There she learnt how to use a variety of seaweeds, in a whole range of dishes. Inspired, she began to forage for seaweed on the local beaches in Co.Waterford and experimenting with cooking them. She suggested the inclusion of some  seaweed food tasting in a forthcoming Irish Wildlife Trust outing on rock pool ecology. And so the first seaweed workshop took place in March 2007 at Kilfarassey strand, Co.Waterford. The turnout was huge and it was clear there was an interest in seaweed foraging, cooking and in the natural world. Further workshops followed , run with an IWT colleague and a local field ecologist and this led to a regular appearance at the Dungarvan Food Festival  at Clonea Strand Hotel every year since.

Meeting the people who attended the workshops (in Clonea, Ardmore, Tramore, Cheekpoint) became an enjoyable and inspiring experience.  People expressed surprise – that seaweed could be so tasty;  interest – in learning more about using it; requests for more in-depth workshops and demonstrations and for the recipes. The short 2-page handout  was going to have to expand and the idea of writing it all down in a book, and thus “The Sea Garden” was born.

Marie decided in 2012 to blend her skills from the world of management and education with her interest in ecology and foraging. She undertook the UCC Diploma in Field Ecology and completed the publication of the book. She looks forward to more time on the shore in 2013, and continuing this  stimulating and enjoyable journey with seaweed.



We would like to acknowledge the support of these agencies & companies:

Waterford Chamber Skillsnet

FTC Consulting

Waterford LEO - County & City

BIM - South East & Seafood Research Centre, Clonakilty


A  comprehensive introduction to foraging for and cooking seaweed, including shore walk, cookery demo and tasting and talk & slide show on health benefits.

3 hours

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A guided walk on the shore showing a range of edible seaweeds, the ecology of the rocky shore. Learn how to forage your own seaweed.  Finish with a beach picnic based on seaweed dishes.  A great time out for all the family.

1.5 hours

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Take the Walk on the Wild Side a step  further and  turn your foraged  seaweed  into your  own picnic food.

2 hours

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An evening out with a group of friends, kicking off with a short talk on the wonders of seaweed, followed by  a light supper made of delectable dishes with seaweed. BYOB and make this a night of novelty and nourishment

2 hours

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About Us

We are passionate about seaweed - foraging for it, cooking with it, sharing our knowledge and experience with others, sustainably using it, recognising that it is part of an important and quite amazing ecological web.

Marie Power, aka, The Sea Gardener, grew up on the Copper Coast of Co. Waterford and leads walks, give talks & workshops on seaweed and rocky shore ecology for people who want to know more about this indigenous health food.

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