A Japanese Garden in Scotland – 日本庭園へようこそ


As the British Empire produced vast wealth in the 19th century partially due to industrialization, coal mining and iron production (amongst ravishing other peoples natural resources, plundering their heritage and all the other colonial atrocities…), some people got seriously rich. One of these settled in Dollar (Scotland), and had a daughter (Isabella ‘Ella’ Christie of Cowden (1861 – 1949) – who actually never married or got children; for more see: https://www.cowdengarden.com/the-garden/history/). She travelled the world alone as a very independent traveller to experience the difference…

On her journeys which brought her to Japan the wish arose to have one of these gardes as well so, with the help of a Japanese student in London.:“Taki Handa originally from the Royal School of Garden Design at Nagoya, but at that time studying at Studley College in England“

The garden (which is currently restored and will be amazing when finished) looks pretty much like a „typical“ Japanese garden:

DSCF1646

mosses

DSCF1647

funghi

DSCF1649

bridges (whereas this one is quite contemporary ;-))

DSCF1650

bridges – the classical approach

DSCF1653

again moss

DSCF1655

and mainly peace

DSCF1657

tranquility

DSCF1659

and very much of Nothing

DSCF1663

In 20 years the moss will have covered everything

DSCF1666

 

DSCF1669

small rivulets coming down the hill

DSCF1670

and Japanese maple in autumn

DSCF1671

with the last spots of colour

DSCF1672

In the forest there are several places for (smaller or bigger) children where typical Japanese things are done.

Like having a house for the ghosts

DSCF1677

Knotting your wishes on a piece of paper in the trees

DSCF1676

letting some bark float along

DSCF1678

as I said – for children small and large

DSCF1679

Kategorien:Scotland, Uncategorized

Kommentar verfassen

Trage deine Daten unten ein oder klicke ein Icon um dich einzuloggen:

WordPress.com-Logo

Du kommentierst mit Deinem WordPress.com-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Google Foto

Du kommentierst mit Deinem Google-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Twitter-Bild

Du kommentierst mit Deinem Twitter-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Facebook-Foto

Du kommentierst mit Deinem Facebook-Konto. Abmelden /  Ändern )

Verbinde mit %s

%d Bloggern gefällt das: