Innisfree Gardens: A Powerful Icon of Mid Century Design
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Recognized as one of the world's ten best gardens, Innisfree is a powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design. Over 50 years in the making, it is the work of landscape architect Lester Collins with important contributions by his clients, artist and teacher Walter Beck and gardener and heiress Marion Burt Beck.I visited Innisfree yesterday in Millbrook, New York and at its core, Innisfree is about the individual's experience in nature. Inviting exploration and even contemplation, the sweeping landscape merges the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design.This design form is called a cup garden. It's roots are in ancient chinese paintings and the cup garden draws attention to something rare and at Innisfree the cup garden concept becam...