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GARDENS ILLUSTRATED: Contemporary Private Irish Gardens

7 September 2021

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Join Jimi Blake, Irish gardener, and plantsman extraordinaire to explore the gardens of Dublin & the Wicklow Mountains. Featuring mostly very private gardens, some too exclusive even to name & Jimi Blakes very own garden, Hunting Brook. 
  • Find examples of the exquisitely colourful, large-scale planting combinations at Jimi Blakes very own garden, Hunting Brook
  • Visit a number of special, private gardens, one which shall remain unnamed until the visit 
  • Visit Tinode, where Jimi’s sister June Blake continues to embellish her small, intense garden with more horticultural wonders
Join Jimi Blake, Irish gardener, and plantsman extraordinaire, to explore the absolute best of Irish gardening in a careful selection of mostly very private gardens, some too exclusive even to name.  Jimi will be accompanied by tour leader: Sophie Piebenga, well known and loved by many of our regular travellers for her charm, efficiency, and knowledge. A rich selection of gardens with fine dining, engaging company and - that essential ingredient - wonderful good humour. Meeting the Irish garden owners in the company of tour host Jimi Blake is akin to being welcomed into a great friendly family where we roll from house party to house party drinking in the beauty of the contrasting gardens and taken right to the warm heart of the Irish gardening world. We are based for two nights at The Marlfield Hotel a country house hotel renowned for warm Irish hospitality and excellent food served each evening in the Duck Restaurant this hotel even has its own wonderful gardens and then for the last night you are accommodated at the stylish Dylan Hotel in Dublin. 

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

The Marlfield Hotel


Marlfield House is renowned for its hospitality and service, welcoming guests for over 40 years, and is recognised as one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Wexford, Ireland with the focus on environmentally sustainable practices. All rooms and suites at Marlfield House luxury hotel in County Wexford, Ireland are styled to provide you with elegant, comfortable interiors, furnished with antiques and paintings. Set in 36 acres of woodland, ornamental lake, rose, vegetable and herb gardens, it is a haven of tranquillity, with peacocks, hens, dogs and ponies waiting to greet you on your garden walk.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Floris toiletries
  • Frette linen
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hairdryer 
  • Wi-Fi
  • Flat screen TV 
  • Radios

The Dylan Hotel


Just off Baggot Street in Dublin’s south city centre, choose Dylan Hotel in Dublin and make your stay in the capital city a unique experience. Stay in the historic townhouse, once home to the nurses of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital and now transformed into Dublins only five star boutique hotel. Located in a quiet and leafy neighbourhood but only minutes from the main sights and attractions in the city centre.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • Percale high count cotton linen
  • Manually controlled air-conditioning
  • Flat screen High Definition TV
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Bose Bluetooth Speaker
  • Laptop compatible personal safe
  • Telephone with direct dial
  • Fully stocked mini bar & box of Irish goodness
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine & Tea making facilities
  • Complimentary bottled water at Turndown
  • Professional hair dryer
  • Robes & slippers
  • Italian marble
  • Underfloor heating and heated towel rails
  • Double-sized shower with rainfall showerhead
  • Replica by Maison Margiela Bathroom Amenities