Innisfree is now closed for the season.
We will reopen in mid-April and look forward to welcoming you then.
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Innisfree is a powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design. Over fifty years in the making, it is the work of landscape architect Lester Collins, FASLA (1914–1993), with important contributions by his clients, artist and teacher Walter Beck and gardener and heiress Marion Burt Beck. At its core, Innisfree is about the individual’s experience in nature. Inviting exploration and even contemplation, Collins’ sweeping landscape merges the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles in a form that evolved through subtle handling of the site and slow manipulation of its ecology. The result is a distinctly American stroll garden—a sublime composition of rock, water, wood, and sky achieved with remarkable economy and grace.
Tour Two Hudson Valley Gardens Where Rich Greenery Meets Sweeping Views
Enjoy this article by garden writer and author Jane Garmey about Innisfree and our equally “magnificent” neighbor Wethersfield.