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Since childhood I have always enjoyed outdoor work, be it helping my mother in the garden or lending a hand on the family farm. Having left school I trained and worked as a jeweller before becoming a sheep farmer, which I did for over twenty years. Since 2003 I have devoted myself exclusively to creating a contemporary garden around my home.
The Stewards house and farmyard was designed by Robert Coppinger Ashlin in 1867 as part of Tinode House estate. In 2013 I decided to renovate a derelict cowhouse which is now available to rent as a holiday house within the environs of the garden setting.
Quotes about the garden
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 "Jane Powers" The Irish Times
The Effect is startling in its beauty like the spilt contents of a jewellery box "Fionnuala Fallon" The Irish Times
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 "Jane Powers" The Irish Times
The Planting is strikingly experimental "Tim Longville" Garden Heaven
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. "Shirley Lanigan" The 100 best Gardens in Ireland