HUNTING BROOK GARDENS

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.

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Scything Workshop

Scything Workshop

Join Matthew Tull for day learning to Scythe in Hunting Brook Gardens. (Matthew is a gardener in Lismore Castle) The course will run from 10am until 4pm on Sunday the…read more
Exotic Sunday In Hunting Brook

Exotic Sunday In Hunting Brook

Sunday 9th September: We would love if you could join us at Hunting Brook when its looking its most exotic ever. The tropical plants, Dahlias and Salvias are all looking…read more
Masterclass with Jimi and Noel Kingsbury

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

Supper Club Join Jimi for walk and a talk in the gardens at Hunting Brook where he will show you how to extend the season with great late flowering perennials. …read 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
Testimonials

Testimonials

‘What a real joy to discover both a treasure where the individual exotic plants excite and a collection that is both sensitively and imaginatively composed. All sculpted and tended by…read more
Videos

Videos

Sit back a while and enjoy the sights and sounds at Hunting Brook.read more
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Newsletters

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