The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a 30 acre (12 hectare) sculpture garden
created by landscape architect and theorist Charles Jencks at his home, Portrack
House, near Dumfries in South West Scotland.
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, drawing
comparisons with a similarly abstract garden in Scotland, Little Sparta.
The garden is private but usually opens on one day each year through Scotland’s
Gardens Scheme and raises money for Maggie’s Centres, a cancer care charity
named for Maggie Keswick Jencks, the late wife of Charles Jencks.