Recognized as one of the world’s best gardens, Innisfree is a powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design now listed on the National Register of Historic Places for exceptional significance in landscape architecture. Over 50 years in the making, it is largely the work of landscape architect Lester Collins, FASLA (1914 - 1993). Innisfree’s sweeping 185-acre site 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 landscape and slow manipulation of its ecology. Innisfree is a model for both environmental and economic sustainability. Collins developed innovative techniques that rely more on knowledge and patience than labor or capital to create gardens by working with natural ecosystems. In total, Innisfree is a distinctly American stroll garden: a sublime composition of rock, water, wood, and sky achieved with remarkable economy and grace.
Directions: If using GPS, key in Tyrrel Road & Innisfree Lane (the garden’s driveway), Millbrook, NY. Tyrrel Road 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.
From the Taconic, take the Route 44 exit east toward Millbrook. Do NOT take the Tyrrel Road exit. Blue and white signs for Innisfree on Route 44 mark the turn onto Tyrrel. Innisfree is about 1.1 miles off Route 44, on the left side of Tyrrel. Watch for white Innisfree signs and take the unpaved driveway through stone pillars just past a large stone gatehouse with a slate roof. The parking area is about 0.5 miles in along the drive.
Hours: Please see www.innisfreegarden.org for calendar details.
Admission: Free for Innisfree members, and children 3 and under; adults $10; $5 for seniors (65+) and children ages 4-12
- This garden allows photography
- Parking is available
- Restroom access