The Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Charles JencksTelling the story of one of the most important gardens in Europe, created by the internationally celebrated architectural critic and designer Charles Jencks and his late wife, the landscape architect and author Maggie Keswick, this book looks at The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. It is a landscape that celebrates the new sciences of complexity and chaos theory and consists of a series of metaphors exploring the origins, the destiny and the substance of the Universe. The garden is full of ideas, associations, games and memories; Jencks weaves his personal account of the gardens creation into an investigation into the revelations of recent science, using landscape and design to shed light on the way we can now conceive of the Universe. This book is illustrated with year-round photography, bringing the gardens many dimensions vividly to life.
Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Located at their private residence, Portrack House, near Dumfries, Scotland , the design, according to Jencks, brings out the basic elements that underlie the cosmos. The garden features five major areas connected by a number of artificial lakes, bridges, and other architectural works, including large white staircases and terraces that zigzag down a green hillside, representing the story of the creation of the universe. Jencks continued work on the garden through Tickets are limited to 5, visitors on one day per year, typically the first Sunday of May. Tickets are available through the Scotland Gardens website. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of Atlas Obscura in your inbox.
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Directions: Holywood is one and a half miles off A76, five miles north of Dumfries. Please watch for the opening. The date for this opening will be announced by 1st January with tickets on sale on 1st February There is limited parking in the fields beside Portrack, so admission is via pre-paid ticket only. Please book your tickets online from 1 February at Eventbrite. There will also be limited tickets available in person at the Midsteeple in Dumfries for local people with no internet access. Please check ticket availability as we expect this event to sell out.
Forty major areas, gardens, bridges, landforms, sculpture, terraces, fences and architectural works. Covering thirty acres, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation uses nature to celebrate nature, both intellectually and through the senses, including the sense of humour. Parking Parking is in the fields adjaced to the gardens and will be clearly signed from the A Please wear sensible footwear as it can get very muddy in the car park and gardens. The garden opening is one of the most popular in the SG calendar, so please bear with us during busy times.