Hunting Brook Gardens will reopen to the public on April 15th 2018

Situated on the sunny, south-facing flanks of the Lamb Hill in the foothills of the lofty Wicklow mountains, Hunting Brook garden is the boldly idiosyncratic creation of Jimi Blake, the noted Irish horticulturist, teacher and plantsman who first came to prominence during the 1990s as the head gardener of the historic Airfield Gardens in Dundrum, Co Dublin.

At the heart of this excitingly contemporary Irish garden lies Jimi’s Wicklow home, a modest timber house that he built in 2002 and where he now lives with his two friendly dogs, Doris and Billy. Not just a home, the house is also the informal headquarters and classroom for the many different gardening and health and wellbeing workshops held at Hunting Brook, as well as the highly regarded plantsperson’s courses that he runs there twice a year.

Hunting Brook is one of Ireland's largest private collections of plants and surrounding his home are many examples of the fiercely colourful and theatrically beautiful, large-scale planting combinations for which Jimi has become so well known. These fill Hunting Brook’s sunny beds and steep banks and tumble down along the edges of its curling pathways.

Hidden at the bottom of a secret, shady gorge that lies just west of the house is the chattering mountain stream that gives Hunting Brook its name and which runs through it like an artery, tumbling its way over granite boulders and through a tranquil woodland that Jimi has begun to clothe with an understorey of choice shade-loving plants. From here, a zigzag of rough-hewn forest paths and a simple wooden bridge lead visitors across the stream, before winding steeply upwards into a sunny hillside and a wild meadow where a solitary Bronze Age standing stone keeps watch over the watery west Wicklow landscape.

Monty Visits Hunting Brook

Lectures & Tours


RHSI Events

Three upcoming events ‘Airfield a work in progress’ an RHSI lecture by Colm O’Driscoll (Head Gardener of Airfield Estate) on Wednesday, April 11th at 8.00 p.m. at Airfield Estate, Dundrum.…read more

 'Special Events Sunday'  Sunday 20th of May Join us for our 2nd in our series of Special Sunday Events on the 20th May.  There will be a number of free…read more

Masterclass with Jimi and Noel Kingsbury

Understanding Plants - Choosing and using for long-term impact,     Wednesday 26th September @ Hunting Brook Gardens, Co. Wicklow, with Jimi Blake and Noel Kingsbury    Noel Kingsbury, in association with Gardens Illustrated…read more
Supper Club

Supper Club

MY JOURNEY THROUGH NEW ZEALAND  an illustrated lecture of my five-week journey looking at the plants and gardens of New Zealand  Join Jimi for an illustrated talk on the plants and gardens of New Zealand, on Saturday 28th April 6.30pm - 9:30pm - Doors open at 6.15pm Jimi will cook one of his favourite vegetarian dishes, which will be served after the lecture. Cost: €35 including lecture and supperread more
Holland’s Dutch Wave Gardens

Holland’s Dutch Wave Gardens

Tour highlights: • Hummelo – Piet Oudolfs private garden • Lianne’s Grasses – 12000 different plants in her show garden • Jacobstuin – beautiful blend of meadow and North American…read more
Somerset Gardens

Somerset Gardens

Tour highlights: • Dan Pearson’s garden – rare opportunity to see Dan’s private garden • Shopping in Pan Global Plants with Nick Macer • Recently designed Piet Oudolf garden at…read more