June Blake trained and worked as a jeweller, then became a sheep farmer and for the last eleven years has devoted her time to creating an exciting, experimental and contemporary garden. It is set in the heart of West Wicklow in the grounds of an early Victorian steward's house and farmyard surrounded by mature trees and meadows.
7, 14, 21 September- ww. catchlight.ie, 087 989 2939,
2008 "Bloom" - Gold Medal Floral Pavilion
2007 "Bloom" - Silver Guilt Floral Pavilion
2006 "Garden Heaven" - Gold and Best in Show for Nursery Display
The gardens extend over approximately three acres and contain an eclectic collection of plants from around the world including areas of exciting, bold herbaceous planting and a shade garden of ferns, grasses bamboos and other choice woodland plants punctuated by enormous granite boulders. There is a shallow, linear reflecting pool set amidst exuberant tropical and prairie planting. The latest addition is a minimalist courtyard offering a space of austere tranquillity in contrast to the lavish exuberance of the surrounding gardens.
Personal Guided Tours of the Garden
Garden talks, Garden Consultations and design
Enjoy a Cup of Coffee and homemade treats in our New Courtyard.
There are few Gardens in Ireland of which I never get tired, and to which I like to return again and again. They're gardens that have layers of interest, in different seasons. At different times of the day, and in all kinds of weather
The Effect is startling in its beauty like the spilt contents of a jewellery box
It is the intense indigenousness, combined with June Blake's perfect eye, that makes this garden one of the most comfortable in its skin that I have ever seen
The Planting is strikingly experimental
June is, without doubt, one of the best plantswomen in Ireland. Junes new garden is a rare treat, a modern garden that draws in visitors and wraps them in flowers, welcoming yet stylish, and an example of virtuoso design and expert plantmanship.