About Us

Blackwater Garden Centre is perched on a hill above Youghal Bay, just 10 minutes from the centre of the coastal town, in the beautiful countryside of West Waterford.  We are surrounded by incredible views but you can still find sheltered quiet corners to ponder life and consider the perfect plants for your garden.  We are a little bit off the beaten track, but we think it’s worth the journey.

Set up in 1980 by Mike & Ithel McKenna, what began as a small vegetable growing business for local restaurants and supermarkets soon grew into a garden centre;  we have been striving ever since to make it the best garden centre in Munster.  We’ve won numerous awards as a nod to all this hard work too.  

Blackwater stocks a wonderful range of garden trees, fruit trees and roses, along with seasonal herbs and vegetables and all sorts of garden sundries.  If you’re not sure what you need, or indeed what will work in your garden, talk to us.  Mike particularly loves designing new gardens or giving old gardens a new lease of life.  We have a passionate knowledgeable team on hand always, ready to help you in any way we can.

The garden centre flows gently around a gloriously elevated but sheltered site, with shady fern gardens, an utterly charming cafe, a rose garden and a covered area protected from unpredictable Irish weather filled with great value offers.   Our latest addition is something we consider to be rather special - our sinfully good cafe.  We serve the best coffee for miles, fabulous teas, delicious cakes, scones and treats for children as well as a regularly changing soup.  All of our goodies are home made and we have the most incredible views of Youghal Bay and beyond for you to get lost in. 


There is so much to experience in Blackwater, we look forward to seeing you here.