August 24th saw the last of our club’s summer trips when members visited The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Thanks to member Jenny Young for organising this specially arranged trip. Some super photos were bagged as I am sure you will agree. Photos (from the top) by club photographers James Johnstone 1 & 2, Caroline Legg 3,4,5 & Giselle Mclaughlan 6.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a 30 acre 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 phenomena 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.
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