There are a lot of little hidden gems in the Hudson Valley, and since the move it has been my pleasure and purpose to snuff them out. I’ve found beautiful restaurants, countless farms, museums and so much more. Of everything I’ve done so far, I would say one of the most special places is Innisfree Garden.
Snuggled into Millbrook, a tiny city with a population of 1,418, lives a spectacular garden hidden away down a windy road nestled with grand trees and rolling hills. It’s a place you can get lost, a place you can roam free, and a place that can you remind you of the beauty in this short life.
Speaking of a life lived, heiress and gardener Marion Burt Beck made it her life’s work creating this garden on her estate alongside landscape architect Lester Collins and her husband Walter Beck. Innisfree was their countryside residence. They began creating their garden in the 1920s and in the 1930s took a turn after discovering the work of the Chinese poet and gardener Wang Wei. They based the design of the garden on his work, as well as Japanese aesthetics, and started work on something marvelous. With the help of Collins, the work on the garden was continued until his death in 1993.
The garden is a masterpiece! I took some quick photos in one section of the garden this summer, which is what you see here, but I don’t think they do the garden justice. I went back this fall and took a lot of video on my phone and it’s truly the most beautiful time for Innisfree. I made a story highlight on my Instagram, which I encourage you to see pieces of the garden both times of year. And if you’re ever in the Hudson Valley, I would go out of your way to see this. It costs $10 for admission, but what you’ll see is priceless.
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