When the world wearies, and society ceases to satisfy, there is always your garden. ~ Minnie Aumonier
With a farming background and a third level education from Agricultural College, Hartpury, Gloucestershire UK, Jean and Peter Perry started gardening organically in 1977 and ran an organic market garden. In 1981 they achieved the soil association symbol for the first time.
In 1989 they moved over to The Glebe, Baltimore Co. Cork, Ireland with their four small daughters. In the early 1990’s they began to create the gardens at the Glebe. Whilst working on the gardens at the Glebe, Jean worked at Creagh Gardens as a propagator in 1995/6 and again from 2001 to 2004 as Garden Manager. Jean then left Creagh to continue with the garden at home and started The Glebe Cafe.
Jean has given many talks and courses on gardening, particularly on vegetable and herb growing. She also grows cut flowers and plants for sale from Easter to September. The Glebe has been written about in articles in The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Kitchen Garden magazine, The English Garden magazine and many others.
Glebe Gardens is also featured in The Irish Garden written by Jane Powers with photographs by Jonathan Hession and The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland by Shirley Lanigan.