About

If it grows, we love it!

And so it has been at Blackwater for more than 35 years.

That love of growing began with Ithel and Mike McKenna's original passion for growing veg for local restaurants & wholesalers in the 1970's and continues with Anne's passion for growing the food we put on the tables in the cafe and the flowers that adorn them. Over time, and as the garden centre & our landscaping service has developed, it has extended to homes and gardens throughout Munster and beyond.

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.

Blackwater stocks a massive range of garden plants, sundries, gifts and food items.  If you’re not sure what you need, or indeed what will work in your garden, talk to us. We're always happy to design a new space around your needs or give an old garden a new lease of life.  We have a passionate knowledgeable team on hand always, ready to help you in any way we can.

In 2015, a cafe joined the plants and trees surrounding Blackwater and currently sits in the most scenic, sheltered part of the garden centre. We serve the best coffee for miles, fabulous teas, delicious cakes, scones and treats for children, as well as a breakfast and lunch menu made using only local, artisan ingredients. Everything is made from scratch, using chemical free and organic ingredients. Waste is minimised and recycling and composting are priorities. Read more about our cafe here    

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