Mytoi
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About Mytoi

Enter a secluded world of designed Japanese elegance in this garden environment of exotic and native plantings that encircle a serene pond.

What makes Mytoi a special place?
Nestled within Chappaquiddick Island on Martha's Vineyard, emerald-like, is the intimate Japanese-style garden, Mytoi, which offers natural serenity and a place of contemplation to visitors who venture here. Sheltered by a lovely pine grove, the preserve includes a small pond and island, non-native and native flowers and plants, footpaths leading past a birch walk and stone garden, and a trail winding toward Poucha Pond and the salt marsh.

A Place for Peaceful Contemplation
The garden’s signature feature is a small pond with an island that is reached by walking over a raised bridge. Winding footpaths take visitors through a birch walk, camellia dell, stone garden, and hillside garden. A rustic shelter offers broad view of the garden and a chance to become immersed in the meditative qualities of the landscape.

In addition to a terrestrial environment of singular beauty, the garden’s pond supports turtles, frogs, and goldfish. Watch for osprey fishing from the sky as you follow a path to scenic Poucha Pond.

A Toy Garden
The word "Mytoi" has no translation in Japanese. Hugh Jones, who created Mytoi, spent so much time in his garden that he referred to it as his "toy." He titled the garden "my toy," which he spelled “M-Y-T-O-I” as we see it today.

Trails
Walk additional trails through a pitch pine forest and along the salt marshes of Poucha Pond. The entrance to the Salt Marsh Trail is located across the street from the Mytoi parking lot. This easy, 0.5-mile walk offers beautiful vistas of the salt marsh and the pond. Benches are located at designated spots along the trails.

When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of a half-hour.

Facilities
Public restrooms (year-round portable toilets). Picnic tables. Bike rack. Fresh water by hand pump located at entrance (seasonal).

Regulations & Advisories

  • Please use marked pathways to lead you through the garden.

  • Please keep your voice low to help maintain a tranquil environment for all visitors.

  • Please carry out all trash.

  • Plants and animals are at home here; please leave them be.

  • Please refrain from biking or dog walking within the garden’s fences.

  • Picnic tables are available for your enjoyment.

Directions

Dike Road
Chappaquiddick Island
Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
Telephone: 508.627.7689
Email: capepoge@ttor.org

Latitude: 41.3755
Longitude: -70.4580

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From Edgartown-Chappaquiddick ferry, take Chappaquiddick Road 2.5 mi. At sharp right curve, continue straight onto Dike Road (dirt road) and follow for 0.3 mi. to entrance and parking area (15 cars) on left. Roadside parking not permitted and is strictly enforced.

Admission

When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of a half-hour.

Fees
FREE to all.

Property History

During the late 1950s, Hugh Jones, an Edgartown resident and architect of Japanese design, began a journey to design the garden that would become Mytoi. Jones was its creator, designer, and caretaker, doing all of the plantings and landscaping himself, until his passing in 1965. His family placed Mytoi Garden in the hands of another Edgartown resident and local conservationist, Mary Wakeman.

Mary continued the Japanese design of Mytoi, overseeing its evolution into a beautiful garden that provided the additional benefit of free access to the public. The vision of Hugh Jones and Mary Wakeman continues through the efforts of The Trustees of Reservations, who received the garden and other generous support as a donation from Mrs. Wakeman in 1976. The Trustees continue to welcome visitors to enjoy this special, peaceful place at no cost.

In August of 1991, Hurricane Bob caused much destruction across Martha's Vineyard. Mytoi was no exception. The hurricane left this fragile environment in ruins, uprooting trees and sweeping plants away from the winding pathways.

Inspired by the example of Hugh Jones and Mary Wakeman, The Trustees were determined to bring this beautiful garden back to life. With the help of renowned landscape architect Julie Moir Messervy, and countless hours of assistance from volunteers, The Trustees restored Mytoi and rejuvenated its gardens, winding pathways, and secret nooks. A refuge of quiet contemplation was reborn.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift, with endowment, of Mary Wakeman in 1976. Additional land given in 1981.

Programs

Volunteer
A network of dedicated volunteers maintains the plantings and pathways of Mytoi Garden. You can volunteer, too. Inquire at the gatehouse if you would like to lend a hand – or a rake!

Tours
Please see our Martha's Vineyard tour brochure 2014.

Conservation and Stewardship

Cape Poge, Wasque, Mytoi 2013

Maps and Resources

A simple map of the garden is distributed from the bulletin board in the parking area. Some publications are also available for purchase at the Islands Regional Office, 860 State Road, Vineyard Haven (508.693.7662). We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit. You may also download a Martha's Vineyard tour brochure.



Planning Your Visit

Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Help keep air and water clean.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
  • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
  • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
  • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

Click on links below for further visitor information:

Before Setting Out

Enjoying Trustees Reservations

Safety

About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land

Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.


Submitted by Maria on: October 11, 2009
We love Mytoi Gardens!!!!



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