Plantaholic, Gardener & Visionary Creator of Hunting Brook Gardens

Hunting Brook Gardens consists of five acres of amazing botanical herbaceous gardens
and fifteen acres of wonderful woodland gardens and valley.  Jimi Blake its creator collects plants from his foreign expeditions and sources rare seeds globally.

Using his palettes of assorted treasures he generates a unique fusion of tropical, prairie and woodland styles which are graced with expansive views over the Wicklow Mountains.

JIMI BLAKE trained in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin as a horticulturist and was subsequently appointed Head Gardener at Airfield House in Dundrum, Dublin.  He resuscitated a large Victorian garden to its former glory enabling the public to rediscover and enjoy a lost gem.

After twelve years at Airfield, Jimi sought a new challenge and having secured twenty acres of the family estate he established “Hunting Brook Gardens.”  He was now fulfilling his ambition of having his own garden, to grow and expand his plant collection and share his passion and knowledge with the public. He envisaged using his garden as a classroom and a showcase to demonstrate the diverse range of designs he could develop.

Jimi has realized his dream of a dynamic and innovative garden and continues to develop his vision in new directions, always pushing the boundaries outwards. He continues to share his knowledge in a series of courses and workshops often engaging internationally renowned gardeners as guest speakers.

Hunting Brook is a perennially popular educational space for students, volunteers, allotment holders and visitors and is now known as Ireland’s most exciting and fascinating garden.

Jimi is a Gardening Consultant, Planting Designer, and International Lecturer giving talks and presentations all over the world.

Speaking Topics

Jimi Blake is a captivating and charismatic speaker who has lectured in the United States, England and Europe.  He is available for speaking engagements, his current lecture is:

‘A Beautiful Obsession': A plantsman journey in his own garden.

This talk is based on Jimi's upcoming book which will be release on September 19th 2019.   Jimi will take you on a breathtaking journey through the newest and most exciting plants in his collection in Hunting Brook, and from his travels to other gardens and nurseries. He will share with you how he incorporates these choice plants into his planting schemes in Hunting Brook. Be prepared for your plant wish list to explode!

We also have the following lectures available:

  • The Spring Garden

To book Jimi for your event: call him on: 00353 872856601

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It’s safe to say that nothing stays the same at Hunting Brook and Jimi’s conversation is brimming with inspirational ideas. I doubt if you’d find such an imaginative and dynamic garden elsewhere” –  Helen Dillon , “Gardener’s World” Magazine

“A taste for the exotic, a sense of adventure and a willingness to experiment has inspired a devoted plant-hunter to transform 20 acres of Irish farmland into lush garden to showcase his impressive collection.

His approach is adventurous, exotic, naturalistic and experimental.” – Paula Waters, Country Living Magazine, UK

Hunting Brook the best teaching venue in the country” Denis Cotter, Cafe Paradiso

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 a gardener who positively overflows with enthusiasm.” – Chris Beardshaw

To lovely Jimi, words fail me for once. Thank you for being such a huge inspiration and such a giggle. You make me love plants twice as much and all over again” Carol Klein