Coastal Places

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

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