Wednesday 1st August 2018
Join Jimi Blake, owner of Hunting Brook Gardens and one of the most acclaimed & accomplished contemporary gardeners of his time as he speaks about his garden through the seasons 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.
Venue: Burtown House and Gardens, Athy, Co. Kildare (exit 3 off M9 motorway)
GPS: 52.996672, -6.870744
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: €8 – No pre-booking required. The Green Barn Restaurant and Shop is open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch, evening dinner available Friday and Saturday – booking essential.
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. There 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 realised his dream of a dynamic and innovative garden and continues to develop his vision in new directions, always pushing the boundaries outwards. 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.