I will go to pretty much any festival, obscure or strange site, or small theatre company play.
I figure it'll either be a blast or so terrible it's a good time anyway- and I've rarely been wrong, one way or another (here's looking at you, lackluster A Telltale Heart interpretation...).
Through a roundabout fashion, Atlas Obscura led me to The Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
Your interest is piqued by the name alone, yes?
It's a private garden located just outside of Dumfries, Scotland, landscaped in designs based on the sciences.
It's open one day a year, as a part of the Garden Scheme- 2012's date was May 6.
We had to go, of course.
I talked it up to a friend of mine and he and his wife joined us for the 6-hour roundtrip.
Looking down from the top of the snail. I love the curlicue in the water!
The snail, left, and the snake, right, as seen across the pond.
Almost every bit of the garden seemed planned- I found myself looking for little hidden visual treats, or puzzles to solve. This isn't one, just a pretty ivy-covered tree.
I was kind of in love with these little wooden bridges.
This was a sort of stump version of a standing stone circle.
Also, I know I say it on here a lot, but looking through my Scotland posts for that link just made me desperate to get back to the Highlands. I love that region!
I saw this sign and my brain translator immediately started searching for another meaning in British for "buttock"...
but, (ha!) nope! They were, in fact, buttocks!
There was a large installation relating to railroads and pivotal battles in Great Britain.
Maybe I need a Scotland rock garden, so I can "go" there whenever my heart desires...
This bridge had distorted perspective...
Which you can better see from the top of the right buttock.
I don't know what this "Willow Twist" represents- but everything seemed to have a meaning, so it must as well.
Bridge with a bench!
Arched and windy wooden footpath.
Bluebells! They're blooming all over- somehow I always forget that they're the last wave of Spring...
I loved these green and white leaves mixed in with the bluebells and yellow flowers!
A neighbor, who I'm sure gets tired of having their house photographed all day. Maybe they go on holiday each year over the open garden day... I think I would!
At least it's a nice house!
Come back tomorrow for Part II, including some info on the owner/designer-
the garden is thirty acres, so there was a lot to see and photograph!