June Blake’s Garden

Superb rodgersias fill a large bed at the entrance to the garden

Superb rodgersias fill a large bed at the entrance to the garden

June Blake’s garden is one of the most widely lauded in Ireland and its fame is well deserved. Visiting on a July day and being shown around by June herself I could not fail to be impressed by the diversity of the garden and the wonderful array of plants, carefully combined to suit their needs and aesthetic concerns.

june blakes garden July

It is a garden of many styles, from the natural to the minimal; here a path lined with bamboo, grasses framed with rusting iron, a sloping meadow sliced through with hefty wood and there delicate alpines dripping over stone and tender exotics nudging against hardy shrubs.

meadow june blakes

It perfectly combines art and plantsmanship so will satisfy the garden designer and the plantaholic. Even better there are plants for sale too.


Trollius yunnanensis

Trollius yunnanensis


June’s garden is just north of Blessington, Co Wicklow on the N81

elm june blakes

In 2013 the garden was open Wed-Sunday April to September – check for times in 2014



Mathiasella bupleuroides, an exciting, recently introduced umbellifer from Mexico

Mathiasella bupleuroides, an exciting, recently introduced umbellifer from Mexico

While in the area, if you want a great, robust (huge), tasty sandwich, visit Kenny’s bakery next to Supervalu at the north end of Blessington

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