How do you combine a love of mathematics and geometric shapes with gardening and landscape?
Fractals, black-holes, symmetry, spirals, and grass. How do you combine a love of mathematics and geometric shapes with gardening and landscape?
If you are Charles Jencks, of Scotland, you build a garden and fill it with geometric wonders, and scientific themes. You build The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
The garden is located at Portrack House, near Dumfries in the south west of Scotland, and is typically only open one day of the year. When it is open money is collected or a cancer care charity known as Maggie’s Centres, named for Charles late wife who died from cancer. Both were scientists and it was Maggie who thought of the idea to build the garden on her mothers estate. Maggie sadly passed away in 1995, but Charles and head gardener Alistair, continued to develop the garden.
This garden is definitely full of visual experiences and if one is lucky enough to visit it they should bring a camera. Keep the dog at home, and come with a mind that wants to be more in touch with the beauty of shape and form.
Although there are some natural areas separating the theme areas, the bulk of the garden is sculpture and land formations. This is very different than in a traditional garden, or a Japanese garden for example, where plants are often the focal point. With the exception of an area planted with aromatic herbs it is quite unlike an ordinary garden at all.
Although only thirty acres, the Garden of Cosmic Speculations offers many wondrous areas. Everything is appealing to the eye with graceful curves and forms.
Different areas of the garden have been given inspiring names. One can visit the Garden of Common Sense or the Garden of Taking Leave of your Senses.
And yes, there is humor and whimsy in The Garden of Cosmic Speculation. Charles has other works of landscape art around the world, mostly in the USA and the UK.
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