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Hunting Brook Gardens consists of 5 acres of botanical herbaceous gardens and 15 acres of woodland gardens and valley. Jimi Blake, its creator, collects plants from foreign expeditions and sources rare seeds globally. This is a dynamic, innovative garden, a fusion of tropical, prairie and woodland styles. There are expansive views over the Wicklow Mountains.
The famous BBC gardening expert, Monty Don, has this to say about Hunting Brook – “Hunting Brook is a garden that is endlessly beguiling and however many times you visit it, you always find something new.”
The gardens are located between Brittas and Blessington on the N81.
From April to September inclusive, the gardens are open to the public for informal visits from Wed-Sun each week (11.00 am-4.00 pm); phone in advance to double check. Outside the seasonal visiting hours, you can phone to book an appointment. There are also a number of organised “open days” (special event Sundays) during the year; for full details, see the website link below.
Hunting Brook, Lamb Hill, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.
Tel: 087 285 6601.