Jimi Blake is a captivating and charismatic speaker who has lectured in the United States, England and Europe.  He is available for speaking engagements and can deliver lectures on Zoom and other social media platforms to groups, seminars and conferences worldwide.

His current lecture is:

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

This talk is based on Jimi's book which was published in September 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!

Jimi is available to give lectures on Zoom and other social media platforms to groups, seminars and conferences worldwide.

We also have the following lectures available:

  • The Spring Garden



  • Late Arrivals To The Party - Plants Which Arrive Late In The Season Looking Fabulous As The Earlier Plants Start To Look Tired !!!

Jimi will share with you the plants he uses to extend the season from Summer into Autumn at Hunting Brook Gardens. He will take a detailed look at the use of late flowering perennials, annuals, dahlias, funky foliage and how the exotic style of planting that Hunting Brook is famous for can extend the season. Jimi will also share with you the various tricks he deploys including cutting back perennials which have finished flowering, dead heading and adding in plants to extend the season.



  • Colour Tapestry At Hunting Brook Gardens - Pushing The Boundaries With Flowers & Foliage

This lecture will explore Jimi's use of colour at Hunting Brook and will focus on colour combinations of flowers and foliage across the gardens. Jimi will discuss how he creates tapestries of colour throughout the exotic areas, the perennial beds and the woodland garden and demonstrate how he connects Hunting Brook Gardens to the surrounding countryside through the use of repeated colour patterns. Jimi will also take a detailed look at the colour palette of plants used in Hunting Brook Gardens





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

Email him on: jimi@huntingbrook.com



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