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25 November 2019The Japanese Garden

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The Japanese Garden
Kate White
Monday 25 November 2019

Lecture starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm

Tickets £5 (£4 for Friends) includes tea/coffee and biscuits


Kate White, Head Gardener at the Japanese Garden at Cowden near Dollar, will bring us “a taste of the Orient in Clackmannanshire”.

Her talk will look at the introduction of Japanese gardens to the UK and elements of garden design, before concentrating on the history and restoration of the garden at Cowden.

Kate originally studied Crop and Soil Science at the University of Wales, Bangor and worked in large scale organic agriculture on the Moray coast for seven years, before deciding to change career to horticulture. She completed the two year HND Horticulture with Plantsmanship at RBGE in 2009, with a sandwich year in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. With a strong desire to work in public gardens in Scotland she then completed two one year placements at Cruickshank Botanic Garden, Aberdeen and NTS Leith Hall. She gained a permanent post in the Rock & Woodland garden team at RBGE in 2011 and took the opportunity to complete the newly created Diploma in Garden History during this time. After a secondment to NTS to work in the Gardens & Designed Landscape team on plant records, she gained the post of Head Gardener at Cowden in October 2016. Kate is involved in verifying the RCHS Grow and Learn scheme and active in the Japanese Garden Society.