The Friends of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
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25 November 2019The Japanese Garden
28 October 2019Making Glass in Scotland
30 September 2019Scotland's Healing and Holy Wells
25 March 2019Secrets of Higgins Neuk
25 February 2019The Willow Tea Rooms Trust
28 January 2019The Forth Bridge
26 November 2018Scottish National Art Collection
29 October 2018Stirling City Heritage Trust
24 September 2018Historic Scottish Silver
26 March 2018Recycling Old Glasgow
26 February 2018The Scottish Arts and Crafts Movement
29 January 2018Scottish Lighthouses
27 November 2017James Watt and Kinneil
30 October 2017Mountaineering in Scotland
25 September 2017Scottish Pottery - some Stirling connections
27 March 2017George Forrest Plant Hunter
27 February 2017Joseph Farington in Scotland
30 January 2017Inner Forth Landscape Initiative: A River's Tale
28 November 2016Scottish War Art and Artists 1850-2000
24 October 2016James VII, King of Scots
26 September 2016Stirling's Historic Shopfronts
31 May 2016National Fund for Acquisitions
28 March 2016Medical Uses of Wild Plants
29 February 2016Putting Stirling on the Map
25 January 2016Stirling University Art Collection
30 November 2015V&A Design Museum, Dundee
26 October 2015Glasgow’s Hidden Treasures II
28 September 2015The Livingstons of Callendar House

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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.