Digging Deeper: Essence of Place—Slow Gardening at Innisfree

Digging Deeper: Essence of Place—Slow Gardening at Innisfree

Innisfree Garden

Sun, May 23, 2021
10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Join Kate Kerin, the garden’s landscape curator, to explore the timeless design ideas and timely landscape management techniques at Innisfree—an iconic mid-twentieth century landscape. Innisfree is primarily the work of Lester Collins, thought by his peers to be one of America’s great, if unsung, landscape architects. Working on a massive site with a tiny staff and budget over many decades, Collins drew on a deep understanding of ecology, light, and form in this landscape, a minimalist’s sense of drama, a woke global aesthetic, Quaker thrift, and the central desire to shape a moving human experience. Ideas and evolution of spaces take time, so mainte­nance does not and costs are low. As an example, he created gardens with informed interventions in ecosystem succession so different plant communities that achieve desired design effects emerged over time instead of being planted. Understanding Collins’s methods of site analysis, design thinking, and partnering with natural ecosystems and processes can enrich our own garden making and experiences.

Innisfree Garden
Millbrook, NY 12545

Date and time
Sunday, May 23, 2021
10:30 a.m. to noon

$30 Garden Conservancy Members
$40 General admission

For more information, please contact the Garden Conservancy by telephone 845.424.6500, M-F, 9-5 Eastern, or email events@gardenconservancy.org.   

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