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Innisfree Gardens, Millbrook

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Come with the entire family! Spend a morning or afternoon enjoying and exploring the grounds!! Many paths to follow, beautiful flowers and gardens.  more »
  • I know there's a character minimum, but this is the summary: Spectacular. A must for any serious gardener. Go often and see the subtle changes. I have gone for decades and still find something new eve...  more »
  • This is a beautiful interesting place. The "visitor center" is a lady standing in the parking lot. It took a long time to go around the lake because I kept stopping to take photographs. There's no Dis...  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.