A secluded botanical paradise – home to Jimi Blake, one of Ireland’s most renowned plants men. A dynamic and innovative garden set in 20 acres, creates a fusion of prairie, tropical, woodland valley gardens with an eclectic collection of plants, many from his plant hunting expeditions are both sensitively and imaginatively composed
Starting April 17 2013 , if you are unable to visit on any of the specified open days, we would be delighted to welcome you from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm, please call or text in advance to ensure the gate is open! Open days with tea room and special events on the following Sundays, 11am to 5.30pm
Would you like to visit any other time to see the autumn/winter colour? We would be delighted to see you but please give a call to make sure our gates are open and there is some one here to welcome you. – call/text 087 2856601 or email@example.com
******PLEASE NOTE THE NEW PLANTSPERSONS COURSE WILL COMMENCE ON SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2013, NOT 13 SEPTEMBER 2013 AS PER POSTER******
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2013 year’s schedule
The gardens offer something for everyone from lazy woodland walks to the productive fruit and…
Jimi Blake is a dynamic speaker who has lectured in the United States, England and Ireland.
GARDEN ROOM HIRE
The Garden Room is available for hire for private courses and includes access to the kitchen and…
Once a month, the gardens will be open to the public or any time by appointment, allowing all to enjoy the wonderful diversity.
Hunting Brook Garden
This secluded hilltop garden is the home of Jimi Blake, Hunting Brook, located in the Wicklow mountains and a short distance from the capital, consists of five acres of breath-taking botanical beauty plus 15 acres of relaxing woodland walks and sloping valleys.
The planting is a mix of the new and the exotic, with many of Jimi’s findings from his overseas plant-hunting expeditions sitting side by side with beautiful native specimens.
These overseas trips have led to the gardens possessing an enviable collection of rare and unusual plants, such as Hunting Brook’s now signature plant, Aralia echinocaulis(Devil’s Walking Stick), which Jimi located in Huber province in China – the first time this plant was found.
Elsewhere on the estate, Jimi is growing Dawn Redwood trees (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) with seeds collected from the original mother plant in a valley in China.
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.
Of particular note is a magnificent Iron Age ring fort, which would have been a significant circular fortified settlement in the Wicklow area in its day. Also for those interested in Irish ancient history and culture, keep an eye out for the single, tall standing stone that can be found near the ring fort.