For me, gardening is taking time out of a ridiculously packed, never-ending schedule to relax and express yourself by creating an idea of how a garden paradise should look. Never hold back when it comes to your creative flair, and let go of the traditional gardening chains blocking your ideas from jumping out and biting the neighbours.
Some of the world’s most famous and visited gardens are the ones that people might find a bit odd, or even downright disturbing. In my travels I have encountered more than a few gardens that must have been inspired by a lot of extra strong martinis! The best garden of them all and the pinnacle of wackiness is The Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
This garden spectacle is sadly only open for half a day a year but is definitely the magical place where you will find eternal youth, as you feel like a naughty hyper-active child running through a sea of weird twisting DNA helix sculptures, snail-shaped grassy mounds and waterways. It is almost a fantasy Dr Seuss experience.
This garden covers an area of about 30 acres, and around each bend you will come across an oddity that makes you shake your head and squint your eyes in awe of such creative thinking. The garden is located near Dumfries, Scotland and is a private estate named Portrack House owned by world renowned architect Charles Jencks and his late wife Maggie Keswick.
The garden layout and design was inspired by the fundamentals of modern physics, melting together the wonderful worlds of art, nature, science and of course architecture. This unconventional way of garden design incorporates a dizzying amount of geometric shapes, the black hole idea, and a zig-zag staircase telling the story of the creation of the universe.
The garden has five different sections separated by massive man-made lakes, all connected by a series of oddly shaped bright red bridges and other strange architectural objects straight out of a science book. It is in my opinion one of the best examples of lawn scaping, the different lawn shapes lightly touching each other and grabbing hold of you, pulling your body to follow each curve, each wave, each bump leading you throughout the fantasy garden.
The passion for gardening is very evident in this creation. Although plant variety is on the backseat in this interesting landscape, the plants chosen work perfectly to link all the architectural entities together.
Now for the good news – the open day for 2013 is on the 5th of May, so if you are in that vicinity you have to make the effort to see this modern gardening marvel. But wake up early that morning, the traffic heading out to the garden can be more congested than an after-Christmas sale.