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Avant Gardening


The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

This is the amazing Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. The garden was built on the 30-acre Portrack Estate, which was owned by renowned landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks and his wife Maggie Keswick. Jencks conceived and designed the contemporary cosmology-inspired garden.

In a perfect blend of nature, science, and art, the garden’s many structures, sculptures, and arrangements are meant to represent our universe’s creation story. The garden incorporates fractals, DNA helixes, the Big Bang theory, and black holes. The garden is private, and is only open to the public one day per year, typically on the first Sunday in May. That gives you plenty of time to plan your visit! All proceeds raised on the public day go to Maggie’s Centres, a cancer foundation named for Jencks’s late wife Maggie.

You can learn all about the Garden of Cosmic Speculation on their website and on Instagram.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Avant Gardening

  1. I love the “M C Esher” like blue door.

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  2. Amazing! I will need to tell my parents about this. They love to do those annual open day things and this garden would really appeal to them – though last year they chose to go on a tour of a crematorium.

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  3. It is artistic. Interesting to look at. Going back to my RV travel/living days, It is was 50 miles or less out of the way I would go look at it. over 50 miles I would bypass it. Hal

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    • So I guess an ocean would be a deal-breaker…


      • I have been to both thanks to the US Navy. I have been to the outer banks with my RV. Been to Norfork. Been to Long Beach CA. My sister lives in Riverside CA and the beachs is less then 50 miles. Today, I have been to the Gulf. Camped in New Orleans for two to four weeks a number of times also. I camped in Texas a walk to the gulf. But when camping I have never a time schedule. If there was something interesting I went on a lot of side trips. Hal

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      • That sounds like a lovely way to travel!


  4. Beautiful and unique.

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  5. This garden does indeed invite me to speculate on the cosmic. Lovely.

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