Brief Garden


Bevis Bawa (26 April 1909 – 18 September 1992) was a Sri Lankan artist. He was also one of the most renowned landscape architects in Sri Lanka and the Aide-de-camp to four Governors of Ceylon. The eldest son of Justice Benjamin William Bawa, a wealthy and successful lawyer, of Muslim and English parentage, and Bertha Marianne nee Schrader who was of mixed German, Scottish and Sinhalese descent, Bevis’s younger brother was Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003), regarded as one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the twentieth century.

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 you 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.