I thought I would post this short note as there seem to be quite a few people now coming to my blog looking for information on how to visit The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in 2015. The reason is that the garden is only open for five hours on the first Sunday of May each year.
So in 2015, the garden will be open on May 3rd from 12.00 – 17.00.
If you have not heard of the garden before, it is one of the most important and spectacular gardens in Europe created in the last few decades. You can read about one of my previous visits in this article: The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. It was created by architect Charles Jencks, whose house is located in the grounds. Jencks describes the gardens as:
Forty major areas, gardens, bridges, landforms, sculptures, terraces, fences and architectural works. Covering thirty acres in the Borders area of Scotland, the garden uses nature to celebrate nature, both intellectually and through the senses, including the sense of humor. A water cascade of steps recounts the story of the universe, a terrace shows the distortion of space and time caused by a black hole, a “Quark Walk” takes the visitor on a journey to the smallest building blocks of matter, and a series of landforms and lakes recall fractal geometry.
Many of the earth sculptures are extremely delicate, consisting of moss rather than hardened grass, and as such even one footprint can cause damage. The garden, being on private land, does not have funding to provide for the necessary guides and guards, but for one day each year volunteers come to ensure that visitors from around the world can be blown away but the beauty, complexity, wisdom and science of one of the most amazing places I for one have been to.
The gardens are close to the small village of Holywood which is one and a half miles off A76, five miles north of Dumfries. If you drive out of Dumfries along the A76, there are signposts on the day which will guide you to the car park which is located in a field. Tickets cannot be purchased in advance, and cost £6 per person.
For those of you unable to visit, I can’t recommend Charles Jencks’ book enough. It is filled to the brim with spectacular photography, as well as being the story of how Jencks came to develop the gardens in partnership with many of the most knowledgeable and cutting-edge scientists in the world.