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Green-fingered Murdo Macdonald visits some of the country’s most important gardens to explore their design, plant-life, setting and history.  He visits the Japanese Garden at Cowden near Stirling and finds out about the two women who created the garden at the turn of the 20th century - Ella Christie and Taki Handa. The garden was badly vandalised in the 1960s, so Ella’s great, great niece tells Murdo what was involved in reconstructing the garden. He’ll also learn more about the cultural significance of the Japanese design of the garden.  Roddy Maclean tells us about the importance of moss and Dr...

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When visiting a garden throughout the year trees are often overlooked, but at this time of year they are the star of the show. Their beautiful display of colour in Autumn is dazzling especially when caught in the reflections in our pond. Over the next few weeks we will be celebrating our trees and woodland with a range of activities to suit all ages. Why not come along and join in the celebrations or if unable to join us in person follow our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter posts where we will bring our unique trees to you. Along side our new Acorn Trail and new...

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I really hope Father Christmas taught him to swim!!

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You can now support our charitable organisation while you shop online at no extra cost. The Japanese Garden at Cowden will receive a donation from Amazon for every qualifying purchase made using the link below. If you shop at Amazon regularly please keep us in mind. Thank you from all the team here at the garden! https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/SC045060

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From Monday 2nd November until Saturday 19th December the garden will be closed Monday and Tuesday. We will also move to our Winter Opening Times – 10.30am until 3.15pm. Due to the removal of our Tearoom cabins we will now only be serving hot & cold drinks and packaged snacks from our new cabin.

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