Innisfree Gardens, Millbrook

#87 of 407 in Parks in New York State
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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  • Garden is very well kept, gorgeously over looking a pond surrounded by rolling green hills and various plants. Will definitely come back.  more »
  • What a delight to spend time here walking around, following hidden paths to discover gorgeous scenery. We spent about two hours meandering around the grounds and walking around the lake. Would love to...  more »
  • A long, dirt road takes you to these gardens. Much better that there is no labeling as this is more a meditative place. Its spirit is Asian, its design more Japanese than Western. Spring and Fall are ...  more »
  • We spent the day wandering around the gardens watching dragonflies and butterflies enjoying the pond. The gardens are beautiful and there are plenty of benches available to sit and relax. Whether with friends or alone this is a wonderful place to connect with nature. You can enjoy the waterfalls, stand under the water spray, and enjoy a variety of trees. We saw children wandering the gardens with parents and enjoying themselves as well. A very nice place to visit!
  • This is a great place to visit if you're in the area. Nowhere near as big as Storm King, but there are a ton of hidden corners and interesting features. It was fairly crowded, but there were plenty to serene spots to be found.
  • Even in early spring the lake, the flowers, water features and dwarf trees were wonderful. We only saw half the path due to infant, a jogging stroller would have been better but it was still Amazing! So much to explore in future visits Will be going back to see in spring and fall.
  • A beautiful garden! Open seasonally starting in the spring through the fall. Although I have been there many times I haven't grown tired of it... It is an unusual style of garden and fun to walk around in. Several times of year they open it up before dawn so you can see the sunrise. It is rarely crowded.
  • Beautiful place to visit . My daughter, grand daughter, grandson and I walked around the lake .

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