Garden of Cosmic Speculation

It was the annual opening of the Garden of Cosmic Speculation last weekend so it was the perfect place to spend Jill’s birthday. As it’s only open for this one day a year you have to make sure you’re on the ball and grasp the opportunity to see what is arguably the most impressive garden in Scotland. Here are some of our highlights from this year’s visit…


There are gorgeous bridges at every turn in the garden, many are painted blood red and look wonderful as you look across the gardens.

Universe Cascade

The cascade is like no waterfall you have ever seen before!

The cascade

The DNA Garden

Packed with fabulous sculptures and lovely planting, this relatively small part of the garden alone is worth a visit!

The DNA garden

The detailing

Everywhere you go in the Garden of Cosmic Speculation you will see beautiful detailing. This lovely stone wall with circular inset detailing caught our eye.

Garden details

The Shadows

The plants and sculptures cast amazing shadows all around the garden. This beautiful old tree was creating lovely shadows on the moss underneath.

The shadows

The Black Hole Terrace

We just love the effect Charles Jencks has created using some metal and artificial grass.

The Black Hole Terrace

Spring  Colour

Spring has arrived really late this year but it meant we could enjoy the rhododendrons and magnolias in their full glory in the aptly named Flower Paradise Garden.

Spring colour

Creating Intrigue

We love trying to create intrigue in our gardens when we can and this has been done really well at Cosmic by creating a hole in a hedge where you can peek through and see the next part of the garden. C’mon let’s go explore!

Hole in hedge


Cleverly positioned mirrors catch your eye and reflect the surrounding garden.

Mirrors in garden

Time Garden

After we last visited the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, these painted telegraph poles inspired us to make our own back fence to our garden. Our 3 year old said “amazing” when she walked into the Time Garden.

Painted logs


There were a sea of bluebells cascading through the woods, truly spectacular.



Charles Jencks is famous for his landforms and there are none more impressive than the ones at Cosmic with the large Snake Mound and the cleverly designed Snail Mound.


Best sign ever

We love this!

The best sign ever

Sheer joy

Our kids get dragged round lots of gardens with us but there was not a single “I’m bored” as we went around Cosmic. They had just as much fun as us!

Children having fun in garden

Birthday fun!

It was glorious weather for our bank holiday visit to the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, perfect for a picnic in the most stunning of surroundings. And even a cake to boot!

Picnic at the Garden of Cosmic Speculation

We highly recommend you watch out for the annual opening of the Garden of Cosmic Speculation, it’s as amazing as the name suggests!

To see some of our other favourite gardens to visit click here.