June Blake, and her garden, will feature in the September issue of the Royal Horticultural Society’s magazine, The Garden. And it will feature prominently with a photograph of the garden on the front cover. The magazine hasn’t arrived in the post yet but June’s son, Dara, has shown it on Facebook – advanced copies for those featured, I imagine.


I am delighted, for several reasons, that the garden is featured. I feel it is wonderful that it is an Irish garden which adorns the front cover of such an important and significant publication as it will bring the beauty of Irish gardens to a much wider audience and I am especially pleased that it is June’s garden which features as, quite simply, I believe she deserves it.



June seems to me to be one of the very few who are continuing that wonderful gardening tradition of planting in the garden for colour impact and colour combination. This is something which is completely beyond me. I may as well be colour blind and leave all plant combination decisions in our own garden to Mary. However, when we visit June’s garden her colour choices and combinations strike me immediately and I don’t think there is a better garden to visit to see this practice, especially towards the end of summer and into autumn, though it is wonderful at all seasons.



RHS members will shortly receive their copy of The Garden and we can delight that one of our own has been recognised for her beautiful garden creation. However, we  have the a fabulous advantage over all other readers – we can go and visit the garden in the flesh!

Read more about June’s garden on her website: http://www.juneblake.ie/cms/

Enjoy a few photographs from earlier this  month!

Paddy Tobin

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