Innisfree Gardens
Innisfree Gardens
4.5
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Created in the Hudson Valley from the 1930s to the 1990’s, Innisfree Garden merges the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. Yet it is a distinctly American stroll garden—a sublime composition of rock, water, plants and sky achieved with remarkable economy and grace. Encompassing 185-acres of designed and natural landscapes around the serene Tyrrel Lake, this landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with exceptional significance. The garden’s remarkable choreography invites exploration, contemplation, and renewal. Each visit is a unique experience of vibrant cultural and natural heritage.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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ZhuZhu L
New York City, NY273 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
I don’t want this place to become a tourist attraction because it’s the most beautiful garden I have ever been. What make this place very special is because the inspiration from scroll paintings of the 8th-century Chinese poet and painter Wang Wei. It’s a beautiful view from all angels. This is very different from the European garden landscape. Look into classical Chinese culture, especially by Wang Wei (王維) (698–761) who created scroll paintings and poems about gardens in the Wang-ch'uan cycle. I spent more than 3 hours in this breath taking place on a summer summer day. I wonder how it looks in the fall and winter.
Written August 20, 2022
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jill G
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
I’m not sure where this garden gained it’s “one of 10 best gardens in the World status” but who ever wrote it clearly doesn’t travel. It’s nice, but not worth the hype. The lake is pretty, but the best feature the bridge was not useable at all, roped off on both sides because of low hanging branch that was being taken care of by a tree crew. Also there are zero facilities, except for a row of porta potties. Not what we expected after the hype.
Written September 15, 2022
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Kelly W
Connecticut40 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
While we normally love this place, you should definitely know about the new policies at the park. 1. your required to wear your mask at all times while on Gardens property. Also, you are only allowed to be in the park for the two hours for your admission. They will come and ask you to leave and they are not very pleasant about it. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that and we were kind of shocked but we're totally compliant. I figured I made a mistake and I was fine with that but the attitude in which Us in the other guests on the grounds were treated was really shocking. Also, nobody really mentions or reminds you of the time frame so I think a lot of people just assume they must arrive within that time. Just please know that you must leave by the time your window ends.
Written October 11, 2020
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Teresa L
1 contribution
Jul 2023
Interesting but unnatural. In a day and age when we should be concerned with eco conservation this garden ignores all of this. Not sure what chemicals they use for the grasses/lawn ares but runoff to the lake is disconcerting (from all the sprinklers for the fake look) while it is wonderful to have lily pads, frogs etc…it is not wonderful to see the oxygen starving grasses that are mixed within. Staff is oblivious to the ecological effects and outcomes. Sad but typical of the area.
Written July 21, 2023
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CHKV
Clifton Park, NY59 contributions
Aug 2022
What a nice find, very pretty gardens and a peaceful setting. Walk around the lake 1.3 miles and see all the flowers,etc. Make sure at the check in booth that you ask for tags for the wish tree. Some really nice wishes to read on a large oak tree.
Written August 24, 2022
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Nan Q
Jaffrey, NH193 contributions
Jun 2013 • Business
Another must-visit landscape, for those interested in gardens. Innisfree is not so much a garden as a World, where the sloping grounds which surround a 40-acre lake have been sculpted into
romantic and surprising spaces; where misting fountains and secret staircases and oriental rock formations make each path-turn an adventure. Innisfree is all about the LAND: there's no visitor's center and no guides (although there are 2 very clean porta-potties!). Wear sneakers, long trousers, take bug spray, pack a lunch, and plan to spend at least 3 hours exploring this exquisite place that will afterwards haunt your imagination.
Written June 11, 2013
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CONNvacationers
Cromwell, CT209 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
This is a two mile walk around Tyrrel Lake - somewhat hilly. Beautiful views and vegetation. I frankly didn't see any super extraordinary botanical displays when I was there on 07-21-2013 but did enjoy the experience. There are benches at many points where one can relax and enjoy either a garden area, or a beautiful view of the lake from a hill. I thought it was a good value at $7 (one person).

Plan on arriving from the north off of route 44. The gentleman at the Gardens said some older GPS units may route you from the south where the road has been closed for quite a while.
Written July 29, 2013
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plentyoftime
NY43 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
It all very rustic including the portable toilets without sinks. While offering the possibility of communing with nature, the “Gardens” are disappointing. No rainbow of colors to be found here. There’s a poorly marked trail that circles a lake. The trail as such is unpaved and uneven in many places with steep grades. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent. It takes approximately one hour to complete. Admission is $5 for seniors. The parking area is an unpaved opening among the trees.
Written July 5, 2019
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Jasmine R
Amherst, MA20 contributions
Aug 2017
To be quite honest I am of two minds about sharing this place with many; this is the most enchanting and magical garden I have ever visited.My memories of the lake,the ornamental floral conceptions ,the hidden recesses it is all such splendour for the senses.
Written January 17, 2018
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sks54
Binghamton, NY21 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
We had our daughters wedding at the gardens. The site is beautiful however the venue is a very difficult place to choose for any event . There is no infra structure so ALL of your needs have to be brought to the site. Generators and bathrooms and water and waste removal. The cost of renting the garden is extremely high and the site is difficult in terms of access for vehicles with deliveries. They also require very strict insurance policies.
The beauty of the garden is wonderful however would not recommend using this site as the cost of bringing in all you need can be more then expected.
We also had some difficulty in responses to our questions as the wait time for responses was long
Written October 26, 2015
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