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“Chinese-inspired garden tucked into NY”
Review of Innisfree Gardens

Innisfree Gardens
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Millbrook
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Private garden of 1930s heiress now open to public.
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Chinese-inspired garden tucked into NY”
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

Getting to the garden was a bit of a challenge (our iPhone routed us from the south where the road is closed - beware of this; you must enter off RT44), but it was worth it once we arrived. We were warned by the gentleman in the parking area that using a stroller (even a jogging stroller) is challenging. He was not kidding, but it was worth it. Many of the interesting features are set back from the main loop, so make the effort to climb up into the side trails. Each turn revealed a new surprise - a hidden terrace, a stone sculpture set in a niche, etc. Quite a pleasant walk around the lake. Just leave the stroller in the car.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Upstate New York
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Beautiful Peaceful Garden but no proper restrooms...”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

This is a little-known garden which is always weed-free and welcoming. It has limited days and hours it is open to the public and is a bit difficult to locate even from Millbrook. However, it is well worth several hours. It has nice design elements which have Asian inspiration, including some stone Asian temple parts and sculptures. There are mighty oaks an severely pruned ginko trees as well as many exotic evergreens. The designers did a lot with the ample water on the site, several gyser-like features and little water courses. The favorite of many in our family is the small lake with its lotus waterlilies and a foot bridge. you can walk around the entire lake easily and enjoy the view of the gardens from many different views. A lot of photo opportunities.There are picnic tables near the parking lot and Adirondack chairs for people to sit and enjoy the view at several locations. Great place for family strolls or for the kids to be able to walk their energy out. The cost is only $5.00. The only downside is the rest room facilities which consist of 2 porto-potties and a couple of sinks near the parking lot. They leave a lot to be desired but are clean and well-maintained. If you are only visiting for a short time, you may be able to avoid using them.

Visited August 2013
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Newington, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“An Uplifting Experence”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

You are transported to another place when you walk through Innesfree Garden. Where ever you look you notice something different. When you look at the lake with all the splendor of the water lily’s you can’t help but think of Monet. There was a workman in a row boat and it appeared that he was doing some cleaning in the and round the lilies and he was singing. Now here is a man who loves his work and why shouldn’t he being within these beautiful surroundings.

You are surrounded by petrified trees, rocks, water and one little chipmunk that showed himself.

It is the texture of the surrounds that I loved. You want to become one with your surroundings. The petrified trees and rock formations are breathtaking. You want to wear sneakers or good walking shoes as some of the paths have lots of roots (the eyes of the past) covering the walking area. So you will find yourself with your head down and thinking that you might be missing the beauty of your surroundings but then you will come upon an open area and you can once again take in the scenery.

Upon entering the parking lot area if need be there are port-a-potties with an outside sink with soap. Good size parking area. You are given a map that mentions the areas you will find. When you are walking around the garden you will find different paths and it can be a little confusing which way you should and can enter. You will see large steps thinking that you can climb them then upon looking closer, not a good idea and they are not really steps but part of the design of the garden.

What we would have liked if there was some kind of signage that give you an explanation where you were in the garden, a brief explanation of the design and an arrow directing you to your next area. Standing there trying to figure out if these are indeed the trees on the brochure is not fun.

But it is a gorgeous way to spend an hour or two on a perfect day.

Visited August 2013
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Mount Kisco, New York, United States
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Beautifyul Solitude”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Great walk, interesting plantings, lots of areas to stop and enjoy!
If it is warm, be sure to go in the morning!

Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Bobbi R
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend a few hours”
Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

We stopped by the gardens. What a pleasant surprise. Amazing grounds and kept perfectly trimmed. For $5 one couldn't ask for anything more.

Visited August 2013
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