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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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  • This garden combines the eastern garden and American garden''s philosophy. There are many corners and surprised views along the way. It's an easy stroll through the garden. My favorite corners are ass...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stunning! Perfect for a nice walk or picnic! Absolutely beautiful!