Date – 4 October 2019
Time – 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Where – Cowden, Upper Hillfoots Road, Dollar, Clackmannanshire FK14 7PJ. View Map

A excellent opportunity to explore this unique 7 acre Japanese garden at the latter stages of restoration in the company of Head Gardener Kate White.

At the turn of the century, the Scottish Adventurer Ella Christie returned home from a trip to the orient inspired to build a Japanese garden. As might be expected from the first western women to meet the Delai Lama, Christie’s approach developing the garden was trailblazing. She selected a female garden designer Taki Handa to create the garden in the ground of Cowden Castle. The garden incorporates elements of three Japanese forms a pond and island garden, stroll garden and a tea-house garden.

Sadly vandalised in the 1960’s, the garden is being brought back to life by a team of experts including the renowned Japanese architect and garden designer Professor Masao Fukuhara.  The Professor is best known for winning the Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show as well as the restoration of The Japanese Gardens at Kew, and Tatton Park in Cheshire. It remains a unique and utterly authentic bridge between Scottish and Japanese culture. For more information visit their website (opens an external link).

CPD Value: 3 points (Category 4).

Tickets: Members free. Non-members £5.

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Organised by the Scotland branch of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture