Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland


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.