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Recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens,” (1), Innisfree is a powerful work of art and an iconic postwar design. Over sixty years in the making, it is the masterpiece of landscape architect Lester Collins, with early 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 Wednesdays through Sundays, and holidays: 10 am – 5 pm
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Innisfree | Night and Day
Meteor Shower + Sunrise Viewing + Optional Sunrise SoundbathAugust 12, 2023, 4:00 AM — 10:00 AM
In many cultures, gardens are where the glories of nature as art are witnessed and celebrated. Join us for just such a morning. Innisfree will open at 4 am—two hours before sunrise—for those intrepid souls willing to get up early (or stay up late) to experience an unforgettable series of natural wonders and optional cultural and wellness programs.
Moon Viewing: Autumnal EquinoxSeptember 23, 2023, 6:30 PM — 11:30 PM
The equinox, when day and night are equal, is regarded as a special even sacred time in cultures around the world. In our northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox is traditionally associated with the abundance of harvest. Celebrate this cosmic event by gathering at Innisfree to view the moon and other celestial bodies. Come with a group or on your own, bring a blanket or folding chair, and gaze up at the heavens and out at this iconic landscape bathed in moonlight.
Morning Light: Sunrise at Innisfree | COMMUNITY DAY + New York State Path Through History WeekendOctober 9, 2023, 6:00 AM — 10:00 AM
As part of our fall Community Day festivities, Innisfree will open an hour before sunrise so visitors can experience golden light dramatically flooding the garden, making everything and everyone look even more beautiful. As morning mist clears, fall colors will be doubled in reflections on the lake. BEST. DATE. EVER. Equally great as a solo adventure or one with family and friends. Come early with your camera, easel, or birding binoculars. Bring a picnic breakfast or lunch. Tuck in a novel and stay all day.
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