June Blake’s Garden

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Address: Tinode, Manor Kilbride, Blessington, Wicklow, W91 EC90, IE
Contact: June Blake

The very best gardens intrigue and restore us, and so it is with June Blake's garden which is a rare fusion of inspired design and painterly planting. Situated in the townland of Tinode in west Wicklow, and spread over three rural acres, it wraps itself around June’s home, a handsome Victorian farm-steward’s cottage surrounded by a huddle of austerely beautiful, granite-stone farm buildings, one of which -the Cow House- has recently been the subject of an award-winning, modern architectural conversion.

The Garden

The very best gardens intrigue and restore us, and so it is with June Blake's garden which is a rare fusion of inspired design and painterly planting. Situated in the townland of Tinode in west Wicklow, and spread over three rural acres, it wraps itself around June’s home, a handsome Victorian farm-steward’s cottage surrounded by a huddle of austerely beautiful, granite-stone farm buildings, one of which -the Cow House- has recently been the subject of an award-winning, modern architectural conversion. In a previous life, Blake was a gifted jewellery maker. Those same carefully honed skills- a razor sharp eye and keen attention to detail, an artist’s deep appreciation of colour, texture and form, as well as the ability to take a raw, unpolished material and expertly craft it into something aesthetically deeply satisfying- still shine through brightly in her excitingly contemporary country garden. Within it are many different areas of interest. These include intricately planted borders of gem-like beauty, swathes of naturalistic, prairie-style planting, sculptural landforms, a flower meadow that comes to life in spring with sprinkles of crimson red Tulip ‘Red Shine’, generous stretches of woodland intersected by curving cobble paths and filled with choice shade-lovers, and a formal, rectangular pool whose silver sliver of water is a mirror to the cloud-streaked Wicklow sky. Each one is so thoughtfully, imaginatively and expertly executed that it would be enough by itself to bring joy to the heart of any gardener. But it is when they are combined together as a whole that they form what is, without doubt, a truly remarkable garden. Fionnuala Fallon

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Opening Times

Open every Wednesday - Sunday
From April - October
11.00am - 5.30pm

Garden Tours and Groups

The Garden is available for Garden Tours personally guided by June.

Entry into the Garden is 5 euro.
While in June’s it is worth visiting her brother Jimi’s garden which is also on the family farm.
There is ample parking for buses and cars. Many of the plants growing in her garden are for sale in the nursery including Primula ‘June Blake’ and Pulmonaria ‘Blake’s Silver.

Tour Guide and Author Heidi Howcroft has been a regular visitor to the garden with groups from Germany. She recently published a Book with Photographer Marianne Majerus entitled Garden Design; A Book of Ideas. The Book includes photos of June’s garden.

The Country Garden Redefined

Over the last fifteen years June Blake has created a garden of great character out of what was effectively a blank canvas: a garden that blends the familiar with the new, is inventive, dynamic and resonates with garden fans of all ages and backgrounds. The appeal lies in its size, just over 1.2 Hectares (3 acres) design, variety and the fact that, just like we like to try at home, it is continually being tweaked.

The garden is above all, one that can be experienced on different levels, whether by close examination of the exquisite planting, by wandering through the meadow to the shady borders and on to the vibrant flowerbeds or just enjoying the scene from a garden seat. For groups, all too often herded through gardens, June’s garden is an opportunity to explore, appreciate, to be inspired and surprised. As friends of the garden know too well the route of a path might have changed since the last visit opening up new views, a bench added so as to tempt you to linger that bit longer or flowerbeds subtly altered. So even if you think you know the garden look again, and check up on it from time to time.

June’s garden constantly scores as one of the top three favourites of my garden tours; given the competition this is quite a feat. Perhaps it is due to a fusion of plantsmanship and style to create a must see new country garden that is rooted in the Irish tradition of garden excellence. - Heidi Howcroft

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