A Year of Unforgettable Public Programs
2022 at Innisfree
This year saw a substantial increase in public programs and participation at Innisfree, all aimed at inviting visitors to experience and understand this landscape in new ways. We continued to explore key Innisfree themes related to art, science, and mind-body wellness while collaborating with a growing circle of experts, practitioners, and community partners. This was done within and beyond our ongoing Roots of Inspiration series, which in 2022 focuses on Romanticism: Nature as Muse.
We launched several new program series this year. Looking at Nature walks are led by experts in wide-ranging fields who share the wonders of the natural world at Innisfree. Green Words programs are literary happenings in the garden ranging from readings to book club discussions, all using texts broadly related to our environment. We were particularly excited to introduce Landscape Explorers, a family program that investigates one aspect of nature through carefully paired art and science activities. It is rooted in experiential learning, which Confucius captured with, “I hear and I forget, I see, and I remember, I do, and I understand.” Led by natural scientists and artists, our three incredible 2022 programs combined ecosystem exploration and botanical art studies, orienteering and artistic map-making, and plant structure discoveries with nature printing.
We continued many of Innisfree’s existing programs, including Curator’s Tours and Docent Tours, early season Daffodil Viewing, pre-sunrise Morning Light openings, Blessing Our Sacred Places interfaith celebrations of spring, Growing Wellness, live music, and interactive art installations, this year including Landscape Frames and WISH TREE. Some programs expanded, including our popular Innisfree Lecture Series. Thanks to increased support from the Northeast Dutchess Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, we were able to hold Innisfree Community Days in both spring and fall and offer more programs that are free with garden admission, which is free on Community Days for residents of Northeast Dutchess County and every day for Innisfree members. These Community Days continued our explorations of foodways to enrich participants’ understanding of our Roots of Inspiration themes. We experienced 18th and 19th-century European tea culture in June during our afternoon Tea in a (Cup) Garden, with magnificent tables creatively set by Innisfree supporters. In October’s Autumn Tasting, guests enjoyed Hudson Valley cider while learning about the community of growers and makers who craft this historic beverage and the processes they use.
We are thrilled that so many Innisfree guests participated in these programs, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more in 2023.