Looking Down the Road: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland

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Paths based on the principles of physics and science in the unusual Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries, Scotland.

Paths based on the principles of physics and science in the unusual Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries, Scotland.  Photo courtesy of Yellowbook on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbookltd/)

Can a garden help you understand the principles of good and evil, heaven and hell and other similarly deep subjects such as the very meaning and nature of the universe?

It can if it is the remarkable Garden of Cosmic Speculation.  The garden has been Built by Charles Jencks in honor of his late wife Maggie.  Jencks is a celebrated Landscape Architect, architectural theorist and designer.

He began the garden in 1988 at their house in Dumfries, Scotland with his late wife Maggie Keswick.  The uses principles of physics and science to guide its design.  The garden has been described by Jencks and those who are lucky enough to visit it as a microcosm of the universe.

Some interesting looking bridges in the Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries, Scotland.

Some interesting looking bridges in the Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries, Scotland.  Photo courtesy of Yellowbook on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbookltd/)



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The pictures that I see from those who have visited the garden make it look like a crazy trip down the rabbit hole ala Alice in Wonderland.  Strange, undulating landmasses, fractals and other shapes that one would not normally expect to see in a garden.  DNA spirals accentuating a traditional looking English kitchen garden.

If you are as excited as I am about contemplating the universe in this unique and one of a kind space, you will need to plan carefully.  The garden is only open for one day per year.  I was referred by the Scotland Tourism Association to the Scotland Garden’s Scheme website for the date that the garden would be open this year (as of right now, next year’s date is not listed.)

Undulating landmasses in the unusual Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries, Scotland.

Undulating landmasses in the unusual Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Dumfries, Scotland.  Photo courtesy of Yellowbook on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbookltd/)

This year, the open date for the garden was Sunday, May 6th while happily coincided loosely with the Spirit of Speyside Whiskey Festival.  Visiting this incredible garden in Scotland would in itself be enough of a reason to justify a visit, but a chance to visit a renowned whiskey festival in the heart of Scotland’s whiskey country…that is sweet icing on the cake!

 

 

 


For more writing about Scotland (one of my favorite countries in the world!) check out these other pieces:

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