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