It’s interesting, it’s unusual, it’s one of a kind there’s nothing else like it in the world, it’s thought provoking and it’s only open one day a year!
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation which is situated in the grounds of Portrack House 6 miles North of Dumfries is the private garden and creation of the renowned Architect and Landscaper Charles Jencks and his late wife Maggie Keswick.
Started in 1989 the spectacular gardens have been inspired by questions of modern science and issues concerning the laws of nature. The themes explored include DNA, the senses, and the concepts of space and time, represented by the extensive and impressive manipulation of the landscape and siting of individual sculptures and forms. The entire 30 acre site itself is a deliberate, considered, sculpture demonstrating mans’ interaction with the environment.
Situated on Charles Jencks’ private estate, and described as probably the most important modern garden in Europe, it is only open to the public on one day a year, as you can imagine the interest amongst gardeners to attend on this elusive day is immense.
The proceeds of the open day are donated to the “Maggies Cancer Care Centres” which were set up in memory of Maggie Keswick.
Don’t forget if you cannot make it to the yearly open day there are many other beautiful gardens in Dumfries and Galloway that are well worth a visit.