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Innisfree Gardens, Millbrook

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Once of the most beautiful, peaceful, relaxing gardens I've ever visited. Plan to return each season to see how the landscape changes. Pleasant 1.2 mile walk. Highly recommended. 
  • Took my best friend there for a hike before going to Millbrook Winery for jazz concert with dinner for her birthday. This beautiful gem of a park is little known but definitely worth the visit to the ...  read more »
  • This was a beautiful place. There were streams, terraced plantings, waterfalls, water sculptures, and stone steps and terraces. We did not hurry through, we followed the map and we were there around 9...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful garden. Love the lily pond. Highly recommend.
  • We have been there a few times and now we are going again with friends for a picnic. It is a beautiful place!
  • 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 .
  • Lovely place to spend the day. It took us about 2 hours, we did explore some of the side trails. If you walked around the lake with few side trials you can do it much faster. The drive in is very small, so do not miss it. At first we thought that it was just a walkway. The lot filled up on the 4th weekend, but I imagine that was one of the busier days. They collect the fees right in the parking lot. We walked the trails and side trials. Great water and sculptor combinations. Running water, great rocks, buildings and sculptors all combined into a great combination. Many great trees, blooming and not) and blooming bushes. The water lilies were in bloom right now, so it is a great time for a visit.
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