Please be aware that there will be ongoing works at the garden throughout the next few months. We will aim to keep the disruption to a minimum during opening hours but please be patient whilst we get through these needed improvements.
The Christie Walk
Ella Christie travelled around the globe, she travelled to many countries in addition to Japan, including America, India, Tibet, Malaysia, China and Korea.
This walk contains plants from all over the world, representing some notable plants to be seen in the Christie Walk are Darmera Peltata (also known as Indian rhubarb) from North America, Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’ from the Himalayas, Cercidiphyllum Japonica from Japan, which notably has leaves which turn red and smell sweet like candy floss in the autumn and Camellia Sinensis from China, the leaves of which are used to make tea.
The Lime Tree Avenue
The lime tree avenue sits to the south of the Japanese garden and was the original entrance used by Ella Christie between the Japanese garden and Cowden Castle (which has now sadly been demolished).
Most notably, this walk was used by H.M. Queen Mary when she visited in 1937. The avenue provides a beautiful and atmospheric walk around the grounds of the garden.
The Stewart Woodland
This wooded walk used to extend down to Cowden Castle, but now exists as a scenic walk east of the garden which has been filled with activities for children and families.
The Woodland Walk is now accessible to wheelchair users, as we have replaced the bridge which previously had some steps with a wheelchair-friendly alternative. However, some of the paths are still slightly uneven and the walk features some hilly slopes so please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff if you are unsure or want any further information.
In November, storm Arwen wreaked havok here at Cowden Garden. Luckily the traditional garden was untouched however, The Stewart Woodland lost close to 60 trees in in one night.
Over winter our gardeners and contractors have worked tirelessly to make this area safe. Over the coming months with help from our volunteers this is area is being repurposed.