Glorious Gardens, Plants Galore, New & Exciting Planting Ideas, Seasonal Learning – The Plantspersons Course at Hunting Brook is the only course of its kind in Ireland.

Explore, Learn & Create – A Masterclass in Planting
Are you a keen gardener or professional horticulturist looking to  increase your skills and knowledge of plants?  If so then our Plants persons Course could be just what you need!

Join Jimi Blake, owner of Hunting Brook Gardens and one of the most acclaimed & accomplished contemporary gardeners of his time and vastly increase your knowledge of gardens, plants and planting combinations.

About the course:

Jimi has presented this course each year since 2009. Its prime objective is to successfully introduce participants to a wide variety of plants; well known and not so common. All participants will learn to identify, grow, propagate & combine plants using ideas that can be easily translated to any garden.

Where is the course held?

The course is held at Hunting Brook Gardens, Blessington, Co Wicklow, acknowledged as one of Ireland's most dynamic, interesting and innovative gardens. Widely covered in the gardening press the garden has become a mecca for gardeners and hosts visitors from around the world every year. The participants on the plants-persons course will gain an intimate understanding of the garden, see it through the seasons and become acquainted with all of the plants grown there.

Course Content:

The course covers the following in detail:

  • New & Exciting Plants
  • Overview of the best common garden plants
  • Plant Combining with succession interest
  • Plant Design – using plants successfully
  • Planing process - understand the methodology and systems of plant combining
  • Assessing plants – garden worthy or not?




The new Plants Persons Course will start on the 14th September 2021 and run one Tuesday per month until August 2022 as a full day in Hunting Brook 10.30am to 4.00pm.   Please see dates below.


Is the course right for me?

If you are enthusiastic about learning, interested in trying new ways of gardening and open to the possibilities of new plants, then this course is a good match for you. It’s important that you have a good basic knowledge of gardening and understand common garden techniques.

Who else has done the course?

Since 2009 hundreds of gardeners have completed the course. Most are enthusiasts, some are professional gardeners looking to increase their knowledge.

What will I know at the end of the course?


At the end of the course you will:

  • Know a wide range of plants.
  • Know how to propagate from cuttings, divisions and seeds.
  • Know how to combine, mix and place plants in any given garden situation.
  • You will receive detailed plant notes of 50+ plants during classes in Hunting Brook.

How much does it cost?

The course costs  €900 per year (€90.00 per class). This can be paid in three
instalments over the year, €200 deposit, €350 to be paid on the first class and then the remainder is due in February.

When are the dates?

The first class commences on the 14th September 2021 and runs one Tuesday per month from 10.30am to 4.00pm

Course Dates:

14th September 2021

12th October 2021

16th November 2021 


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