Garden Of Ireland
Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland because of the stunning landscapes and scenery from mountains to sea it includes cliffs, sandy beaches, rolling mountains, hidden lakes, bogs, friendly villages, etc. but Wicklow also houses some of Irelands most beautiful gardens like Powerscourt or Mount Usher along with a host of smaller more intimate gardens open to the public to explore and enjoy.
Some of the gardens close to the Old Rectory include:-
June Blakes Garden and Tea Rooms
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
Large, beautiful old world garden, Robinsonian in style with a strong emphasis on the informal tradition of combining a good plant collection within the natural landscape of its environment. Lawns and clipped yews slope down to a lake surrounded by rare trees, shrubs and a profusion of roses both old and modern with herbaceous plants scent the air. There is a steep descent through the “Ice Age Glen” to a beautiful river walk.
Situated on the sunny, south-facing flanks of the Lamb Hill in the foothills of the lofty Wicklow mountains, Hunting Brook garden is the boldly idiosyncratic creation of Jimi Blake, the noted Irish horticulturist, teacher and plantsman.
Hunting Brook is one of Ireland’s largest private collections of plants and surrounding his home are many examples of the fiercely colourful and theatrically beautiful, large-scale planting combinations for which Jimi has become so well known. These fill Hunting Brook’s sunny beds and steep banks and tumble down along the edges of its curling pathways.