A special weekend for Forth Valley’s Japanese jewel

A Japanese garden at night.
A Japanese garden at night.

A beautiful Japanese garden in the Ochil Hills once ruined by vandals has been restored to its former glory - and has a special summer festival this weekend.

Described as “a jewel in the Forth Valley” the garden originally established by larger-than-life Scots adventurer Ella Christie in Edwardian times was trashed in the 1950’s, but this weekend celebrates the first year of it being reopened since 1955.

Today and tomorrow the garden, at Cowden Castle, hosts two days of Japanese-inspired events in which visitors will be able to enjoy a Taiko (Japanese drummers) performance, Kimono arrangement aisplays, an archery display (tomorrow)and Japanese traditional songs by Kiyoka Hachiya.

There’s also a Japanese martial arts display, accompanied garden tours and a history of the garden tour by Sara Stewart (great, great niece of Ella Christie).

In addition to the entry to the garden, tea room and free attractions there will be events (for a small additional charge) including practical garden tours with Professor Fukuhara, Kate White and Junya Matsukawa, Sumi painting workshop with Koshu and flower arrangement workshops (Ikebana) with Rie Day.

Workshops are priced £10 and the tours are £5.

For full details about the garden, which is at Dollar, Clackmannanshire, visit https://cowdengarden.com/