Visit the Brief Garden

Visit the Brief Garden

Located ten kilometers inland from Bentota, Brief Garden is the legendary garden and country home of Bevis Bawa and was the garden which inspired his brother, renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa to create Lunuganga. The garden, which has been open to the public since 1970, resembles a magical place from a fantasy novel and presents a wonderful space in which to lose yourself for a few hours. With over 106 different kinds of trees recorded on this 20 acre property and hundreds of other fauna still being counted today, the garden is a must-see for those with a keen interest in landscape design.

It is all green, filled with bushes, ferns, and varieties of trees. Every stairway, pond, and statue is elaborated. The slope of the garden is beautifully utilized, to create a cascading pond. At every corner, you find a sculpture that has a lot to do with male genitals. Either that, or a naked statue of a man. Those statues become questionable to you, until you reach the house and get to know the history of the creator.