The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation Open Day

Yesterday was Scotland’s Garden Scheme’s biggest garden opening event of the year – The Garden of Cosmic Speculation at Portrack, near Dumfries. It’s a private garden and only opens one day a year via SGS and tickets were sold out a few weeks ago.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Designed by Maggie Keswick (the founder of Maggie’s Centres) and her husband Charles Jenks the garden covers 30 acres and is packed with gardens, landforms, sculptures, gardens, terraces and architectural features. It’s a clever and often humorous use of nature to stimulate the senses

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

I was lucky enough to be there, along with a raft of our volunteers, to help man the gates, the stalls and just make sure all the visitors had a lovely day. I did get a quick nose around but I only saw a fraction it. No excuse needed to go back and help out again next year, that’s for sure.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

It was tiring but all the happy faces as people were leaving made it all worthwhile, not to mention the fact that we raised ¬£thousands for charity. I still can’t quite believe that this is my job now – SO lucky! Next year, I’ll be sure to post this as soon as tickets go on sale as I can’t recommend it highly enough.

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Comments

3 comments on “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation Open Day”
  1. tonytomeo says:

    People in Britain and Europe certainly have a way with shearing, both formal and weird. We can’t find a single ‘gardener’ who can shear a hedge properly.

    1. I’ve certainly seen a lot of fancy pruning the past couple of weeks – I had no idea it was so popular!

      1. tonytomeo says:

        Popular? For some features, it is necessary. The problem here is that so-called ‘gardeners will shear anything that is within reach of their motorized hedge shears, even fruit trees and roses . . . .there really is not much they won’t shear. Yet, they can’t do a hedge properly! It is much more regarded in Europe.

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