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Innisfree Gardens, Millbrook

(4.8/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
Recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens,”* Innisfree is a powerful icon of 20th century landscape design. Over 50 years in the making, it is largely the work of landscape architect Lester Collins, FASLA (1914-1993), with important contributions by his client, the artist Walter Beck. Innisfree merges the essence of Modernist ideas and traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles with a nuanced reading of this glacial landscape. The result is a distinctly American stroll garden on 185 acres surrounding a large, shimmering lake – a sublime composition of rock, water, wood and sky.

*Rory Stuart, What are Gardens For? Experiencing, Making and Thinking About Gardens (2012)
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  • We enjoyed our trip here ..it is a fascinating place with an interesting history. It is lovely for a quiet walk or more vigorous hike. It is quite beautiful in all seasons. Well worth a visit!! 
  • Having read so much about this garden I was hoping it lived up to the hype and it does indeed. Beautiful peaceful setting and rolling green lead to amazing vistas. Well worth the visit. I look forward...  more »
  • We visited on the last week of the season. The colors were glorious, and we practically had the garden to ourselves. This made it very peaceful and spiritual. The garden bills itself as one of the 10 ...  more »
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  • Innisfree gardens is truly a beautiful place! It surrounds a lake and is modeled in a Chinese cup garden format. It is beautifully maintained. Water is pumped up from the lake to create several very nice water features. Chairs on the various terraces provide a pleasant place to take a break and enjoy the view. A very highly recommended way to spend a few hours for those who enjoy creative, novel garden concepts.
  • Beautifully designed with surprises around each bend. Designed to invite exploration. Closes in mid-October, opens again in spring.
  • This garden is an American treasure. It is a 200 acre landscape garden that expands the mind about the beauty of nature. Though it has a path around the 40 acre lake, it is possible to walk off through the mostly mowed grass and view up close, or from a different angle, or just take an exploratory hike. You will never forget your visit.
  • First off , this place is not on the GPS, there aren't any signs either so you get lost and have to ask around and find your way. The given address of the park does not lead to this park. Next , the only thing you will be paying for is a hike around a big pond. No flowers, no lights , nothing special, only some stone figures . The pathway is mostly natural and barely any proper walk ways are available. Only come here for a hike around a pond , nothing else .
  • Very beautiful garden. Love the lily pond. Highly recommend.