Cultural event celebrating the reopening of Cowden Castle’s Japanese garden after fifty years - Report

On September 20th, a cultural event was held to celebrate the reopening after fifty years of the Japanese garden at the site of Cowden Castle in Clackmannanshire.
Following Consul General Matsunaga’s celebratory opening address, principal gardener Kate White talked about further plans for the development and use of the garden.
John, the brother of Sarah Stewart, who owns the gardens, arrived as a special guest and talked about his memories of what the garden was like when he was younger.
Around fifty years ago the garden was vandalised and had been closed up until the restoration, so it was wonderful to welcome around sixty visitors – an excellent turnout, despite the typical Scottish weather on the day. The visitors enjoyed seeing the first of the autumn leaves in the beautiful Japanese garden and taking photographs to commemorate the event. We hope that in future many more people will be able to enjoy visiting the Japanese garden.