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.Before you head to Millbrook, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Millbrook trip itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Millbrook has to offer, including Innisfree Gardens.
*Rory Stuart, What are Gardens For? Experiencing, Making and Thinking About Gardens (2012)
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Innisfree Gardens Reviews
To be quite honest I am of two minds about sharing this place with many; this is the most enchanting and magical garden I have ever visited.My memories of the lake,the ornamental floral conceptions ,t... more »
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 »
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!
One of the greatest day excursions ever. No exaggeration. Inventive, relaxing, gorgeous. Have been there a dozen times and will go a dozen more.
As beautiful today as it was 23 years ago. I highly recommend a stop to this lovely cup garden if you are in Millbrook. Breathtaking.
Blissful. I truly appreciated the attention to detail that a scenic place like this offers. The grounds are immaculate, the man at the entrance was kind and helpful, and there truly is a sense of peace. Would highly recommend any nature, gardening, or photography buffs (or potential dates!) to check this place out.
Not affordable for a family experience. However I do believe this is in fact what they are going for ultimately. If the price is high most families with more than one child will likely not visit very often. For a family of five, depending on age (three and under are free), it would cost $40. I understand supporting the garden, but this is just too expensive for families with more than one child. I believe it would be nice if they had discounts for larger families or kid days. Not all children are ill behaved and your prices reflect your desire to keep them away......I would actually have complained to a real person but unfortunately this was not an option as there was only a recording that one could listen to.
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