I will arise and go now,
and go to Innisfree.
— W.B. Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (1888)
With careful protocols in place for the health and safety of our staff and guests, Innisfree invites you to relax and renew with a walk in our 185-acre garden. Please note that advance reservations for timed admission are required. We are now accepting reservations for morning or afternoon visits on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (Memorial Day), as well as Wednesday through Sunday of next week.
Following local, state, and national guidance, we have created new protocols for your visit that support social distancing. Those are listed on our Visit Innisfree page.
Recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens,”1 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.
Spend a few meditative minutes at Innisfree in this video created for us by Paul Horton.
Rory Stuart, What are Gardens For? Experiencing, Making and Thinking about Gardens (2012) ↩