I will arise and go now,
and go to Innisfree.
W.B. Yeats, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” (1888)
Over 50 years in the making, Innisfree is a powerful icon in 20th century landscape design. Largely the work of landscape architect Lester Collins (1914–1993), it is a site-specific distillation of Modernist ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles. The result is a distinctly American stroll garden on 185-acres surrounding a large, glacial lake—a sublime landscape of rock, water, wood, and sky.