Welcome to Innisfree
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 is open weekends through November 7, 2021. Pre-registration is required for garden visiting. The garden is open rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Pets are not allowed. Make Your Reservations Here
Start your visit to Innisfree with a docent-led tour.
Docent-led introductory tours are available on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and are included with your garden admission fee. They begin at the visitor kiosk in the parking area and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more here.
Tour Two Hudson Valley Gardens Where Rich Greenery Meets Sweeping Views
Before you visit, enjoy this article by garden writer and author Jane Garmey about Innisfree and our equally “magnificent” neighbor Wethersfield.