Enter a secluded world of designed Japanese elegance in this garden of exotic and native plantings that encircle a serene pond.
Nestled on the island outpost of Chappaquiddick, Mytoi (pronounced “my toy”) is an intimate Japanese-style garden flourishing with both native flora and exotic plants, offering visitors a destination for quiet contemplation. Sheltered by a lovely pine grove, the preserve includes a small pond and island—habitat for turtles, frogs, and goldfish—non-native and native flowers and plants, and a trail leading toward Poucha Pond and the salt marsh.
Follow winding footpaths through a birch walk, camellia dell, stone garden, and hillside garden. A rustic shelter offers a broad view of the garden and a chance to become immersed in the meditative qualities of the landscape. Walking the easy, half-mile Salt Marsh Trail offers beautiful vistas of the salt marsh and the pond, and at Poucha Pond, you might even spy osprey fishing from the sky. Benches are located at designated spots along the trails.
Members: FREE, Nonmembers: $3
Martha’s Vineyard, MA 02539
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.
Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.
We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.
Volunteers help us keep Mytoi Gardens so beautiful. Please lend a hand – or a rake – at this special place!
The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Please read our photo and video policy.
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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.
Had a wonderful walk through with friends. The closer you look, the more little garden secrets you uncover!
– Kathy W, TripAdvisor Reviewer
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