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Innisfree Garden


An official Path Through History Site! 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. 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. Innisfree offers detailed interpretive information on our website and in a 16-page brochure included with admission. Guided tours are offered monthly and private guided tours are available by appointment. Innisfree was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in September 2019, and on the New York State Register of Historic Places in September 2018. The detailed National Register listing is available online.


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