Exploration and contemplation of nature are at the core of Innisfree, a stroll garden
(only four miles off the Taconic State Parkway in Millbrook, New York), at what once was a country residence and is now open to the public.
As we step onto the stroll garden
path through the outer gate, Hopper points out the fan patterns that direct visitors to various focal points along the counter-clockwise route.
Try to create a walk over a plank or yatsu-hashi bridge to another part of the garden where there is a raised timber area for sitting and viewing, or build a stroll garden
with winding gravel paths leading to areas of interest and plant arrangements.
People perhaps best appreciate the Japanese stroll garden
with paths that meander, opening new vistas or revealing another intimate moment of wonder with each twist and turn.
Adjacent to the property is the renowned Humes Japanese Stroll Garden
Now that the renovation is complete, visitors can enter the museum's main entrance, go through the Cryptomeria Walk lined with small Japanese plants, and see the newly paved upper courtyard with the International Pavilion to the left and the Japanese Pavilion and Kato Stroll Garden
to the right.
The 63-year-old Briton has spent 30 years working on the carefully composed landscape, which is known worldwide for being a meditation zone with stroll gardens
where white sand replaces water.
Surrounding their courtyard houses, they constructed lush and highly stylised stroll gardens
, with ponds, pavilions and elaborate rockeries symbolic of rural pathways, lakes and mountainous regions in the true landscape beyond.
Any day, head into interior galleries early; stroll gardens