Open Days, Public Garden
Public Garden Partner: Recognized as one of the "world’s ten best gardens"*, 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. Innisfree merges the essence of Modernist ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles in a form that evolved through subtle handling of the landscape 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.
Directions: Innisfree is at 362 Tyrrel Road. Tyrrel is on the south side of Route 44, 1.6 miles east of the Taconic State Parkway overpass and 1.9 miles west of the traffic light at the intersection of Routes 82, 343, and Franklin Avenue. Blue and white signs for Innisfree on 44 mark the turn. Innisfree is about 1.1 miles off Route 44, on the left side of Tyrrel. The street number is out of order so watch for the white Innisfree sign and a dirt driveway through stone pillars to the right of a stone gatehouse. The parking area is about .5 miles in along the drive. If coming from the Taconic, please do NOT take the Tyrrel Road exit (it is impassible in the middle). Instead take the Route 44 exit east toward Millbrook. If using GPS, the Innisfree driveway is now called Innisfree Lane. You can key in Tyrrel Road & Innisfree Lane, Millbrook, NY 12545.
Regular hours May through October: Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekends and bank holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays except bank holidays. Guided curator’s tours and wildflower walks offered monthly. Garden opens before sunrise three times each year. Please see website for calendar details.
Admission: $6 weekdays; $8 weekends and holidays; children 3 and under free.
*Rory Stuart, What are Gardens For? Experiencing, Making and Thinking about Gardens (2012)
- This garden allows photography
- Parking is available
- Restrooms are accessible