At the turn of the 20th century Ella Christie returned home from the Orient inspired to build a Japanese garden, and chose a female designer, the gifted Taki Handa, to create the 7-acre site in the grounds of Cowden Castle. It was the first and largest garden to be designed by a woman, and remains a unique and utterly authentic bridge between Japanese and Scottish culture. Ella called her garden “The Place of Pleasure & Delight.”
Sadly vandalized in the 1960s, the garden is being restored & brought back to life by the renowned architect & designer, Professor Masao Fukuhara. He is best known for his gold winning gardens at Chelsea, as well as the restoration of the Japanese gardens at Kew & Tatton Park. The garden opened to the public for the first time last year. Your visit will start with refreshments and be led by Kate White, the Head Gardener since 2016, who has been involved with the restoration.
For those who want to explore the garden further, there will be time after the tour/lunch.
The cost is £10 for members and £12 for non-members. Please bring weather appropriate clothing and a packed lunch, alternatively lunch can be booked in the Tea Rooms.