Update: If you are looking for information about 2015 opening times please see this article The Garden of Cosmic Speculation Opening Times for 2015.
This is just a quick note to let you know that this year The Garden of Cosmic Speculation will be open on May 5th – 12.00 – 5.00. Entrance is £6 and you simply pay as you enter.
For those of who do not know the garden, it is the creation of architect Charles Jencks, and is one of the most important gardens to have been created in Europe in the last few decades. It is the result of years of work, based on many conversations with some of the world’s most brilliant scientists and thinkers from cosmology, biology, chemistry, complexity science, chaos theory and quantum physics. The garden is set in the grounds of the home of Jencks, and as such it is only open to the public for five hours every year. The day is run by volunteers, and the money goes towards the cancer charity set in the name of Charlse’s late wife Maggie.
A small blog like this can not do justice to the grand scale of the vision of the gardens, with their fractal bridges and paths, strange attractor landscaping, the quantum sculptures, DNA garden, puzzling paths, spiral hedges, woodlands walks with nonsense buildings, bamboozling mirrors and many many other mind-blowing creations. You will just need to visit yourselves, and now you know when it is open this year.
Holywood 1½ miles off A76, five miles north of Dumfries. Portack House is signposted from the A76. There is ample temporary car parking in one of the fields by the entrance to the gardens.