Gardener’s Getaway in Blessington
One of Wicklow's "must visit" gardens is June Blake’s in Blessington.
Spread over three acres, the gardens were once nothing more than a great big field, but through inspired design and thoughtful planting, they are now truly breathtaking. The gardens wrap around June’s own Victorian farmhouse and granite-stone farm buildings and are famous for their annual tulip display. Paths weave their way through a sea of prairie-style planting, coloured borders, and the famous tulips which June painstakingly plants every year. In fact, some 7,000 tulip bulbs are planted annually, and they put on an almighty display come May when the gardens become a riot of colour.
Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, also in Blessington, has teamed up with June Blake’s Gardens in order to create a gardening package that any green-fingered traveller would love.
"The Gardener’s Getaway" includes two nights at the four-star Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort with dinner in the hotel restaurant, Fia Rua, bed and breakfast each morning, a guided tour of June’s garden and a gardening workshop with June Blake herself. The workshop will include top tips on propagation, what to plant and when, and general tips on how to get the most from your own green patch.
“Gardening is real joy,” said June. “It’s wonderful to see those little green shoots peeping up over the soil and then watching the leaves unfurl to display their fabulous early summer costumes."
The package also includes a picnic. To book The Gardener’s Getaway package, log on to www.tulfarrishotel.com or call (045) 867 600.