Established in 1972 by Mrs Jessie Mahaffy, a relative of William Robinson and a granddaughter of the forester at Lissadell, Co Sligo, Blackrock is a garden constructed completely upon rock. A charming rockery sits above the farmhouse. A grassy corridor winds between a shrubbery and a shady border to a small cottage garden where perennials are interspersed with free-seeding aquilegias, foxgloves and yellow poppies. Tree lilies are a feature amongst hydrangeas. Ferns abound in the shady areas. A drought resistant mini meadow and a dry border flourish in the gravel of the yard. This delightful cottage garden has a timeless quality about it, slowly evolving over the years, carefully tended and planted with flowers from garden friends near and far.