The Garden of Cosmic Speculation


The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is at Portrack House, near Dumfries in South West Scotland. It is a private garden created by Charles Jencks.  The garden is inspired by science and mathematics, with sculptures and landscaping on these themes, such as Black Holes and Fractals. The garden is not abundant with plants, but sets mathematical formulae and scientific phenomenae in a setting which elegantly combines natural features and artificial symmetry and curves. It is probably unique among gardens, and contrasts nicely with the historical and philosophical themes of the less spectacular but equally thoughtful Little Sparta.  The garden is private, however it is often open on one day each year through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and raises money for the Maggie’s Centres, a cancer care charity named for Maggie Keswick Jencks, the late wife of Charles Jencks.

Photos by Paulus Maximus

hat tip:  apartment therapy

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21 thoughts on “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

  1. Forrest Loder says:
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  6. Steve Strickland says:

    Totally amazing and great place for a shoot!

  7. Demetrios Traveller says:
  8. Jack Thomas says:

    It’s like the most badass mini golf course ever!

  9. John Riedesel says:

    It’s like Dr. Seuss collaborated with Albert Einstein. Way cool.

  10. John Riedesel says:

    It’s like Dr. Seuss collaborated with Albert Einstein. Way cool.

  11. Jamie Edwards says:

    There is no escape from The Island

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  14. Lisa Rhodes says:

    Check it out – tis beautiful

  15. elleswim says:

    This garden looks like something straight out of Alice & Wonderland, very cool!

  16. Blaise Rivalland says:

    Absolutely amazing!

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  19. Deb Shaw says:

    Very cool!

  20. Brittany Larsen says:

    This is absolutely beautiful.

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