30 Sep The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a dynamic 30 acre garden, which offers captivating scenery reminiscent of the set of Alice in Wonderland with sculptures and landscaping inspired by black holes, fractals, and other features of modern cosmology. What’s even more distinctive about this Scotland garden is that it is only open to the public for one day each year, making it a desirable tourist destination and point of interest for amateur and professional photographers alike. Keep reading to learn more about this abstract yet beautiful garden, which may serve as a source of inspiration for your own modern landscape at home.
Limited public access
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is part of the home of its designer, Charles Jencks. The residence, called the Portrack House, is located near Dumfries, and it is restricted as private property for most of the year. Typically, the garden will open for a single day each year, and guests will pay admission to see the landscape and sculptures with the proceeds raising money for the cancer care charity, Maggie’s Centres.
Unique garden features
Many of the mathematic and scientific themes of the garden are seen in sculptures rather than plant life. An abundance of asymmetrical and curved structures offsets the perfectly groomed natural landscape for an abstract and whimsical look throughout the garden. A number of creative minds have taken inspiration from this garden, including composer Michael Gandolfi, who used the garden as the subject of an original orchestral composition in 2009.
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