I will arise and go now,
and go to Innisfree.
W.B. Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (1888)
Recently named one of the “world’s ten best gardens,” Innisfree is a site-specific distillation of Modernist ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. Largely the work of landscape architect Lester Collins FASLA (1914–1993), with important contributions by his client, the artist Walter Beck, this iconic landscape showcases Collins’ near-flawless ability to choreograph movement through space, his deep understanding and respect for the environment, and his keen interest in shaping the experience of place. The result is a distinctly American stroll garden on 185 acres surrounding a large glacial lake — a sublime composition of rock, water, wood and sky.