Step Inside A Secret Garden With Me

Step inside a secret garden with me. Living near Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah I love to visit the secret garden found there. It must have been designed by someone very familiar with the garden discovered by Mary Lennox. After visiting there a few days ago I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Mary, Dickon and the robin that found the key. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett is one of my all time favorite books. I still the have the copy I first read when I was about 10 years old.  Step inside a secret garden with me. See photos of my recent visit to Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, Utah. Enjoy my secret garden collage and

I made this Secret Garden Collage from scanned images of  the cover and pages from The Secret Garden book I’ve had since I was a child. I have always loved the illustrations by Tasha Tudor so I wanted to include them. I also used a  garden gate photo I took at Thanksgiving Point Gardens. The collage is on watercolor paper and I used Tim Holtz distressing ink and watercolor on the background and border.


Take a tour through some of the photos from my recent visit to the Secret Garden at Thanksgiving Point and see if you can imagine Mary, Dickon and Collin playing among the flowers, climbing roses and honeysuckle vine.Step inside a secret garden with me. See photos of my recent visit to Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi,

You enter the Secret Garden gate after walking through a tunnel of Honeysuckle vine so thick it blocks most of the sunlight even in the middle of the day.

The photos below are different views inside the Secret Garden.

Step Inside a Secret Garden at Thanksgiving Point in Utah-myflowerjournal

 Path Inside the Secret Garden at Thanksgiving Point a Utah Garden-myflowerjournal

Secret Garden Fountain at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi Utah-myflowerjournal


Some of my favorite Secret Garden Quotes.

“Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth?”

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done–then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.”

“It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled. She had not thought of it before.”


(You can find more Secret Garden Quotes on Good Reads.)

Secret Garden Coloring Book

Secret Garden Coloring Book

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26 Responses to Step Inside A Secret Garden With Me

  1. Oh! My heart! The Secret Garden is my all time favorite book since childhood. This is a wonderful, beautiful post…photos, quotes, you! Thank you!

  2. Hi Tammy. This post is about something near and dear to my heart, and I can never get enough of hearing about it. I read the Secret Garden first when I was about 8 years old, sitting under an acasia tree at my grandmothers. I, too, have the book I read, although it was a smaller, hard cover bound version without any pictures (Shame!) Since, I have collected a couple of other versions with pretty pictures. My back garden is referred to as the Secret Garden but try as I might, it will never be as pretty as the pictures in the books or as the one you visited. How beautiful and really looks like the one in the movie version. I love quotes from the story, which I have written about in earlier posts. I even have my most favorite one on my right sidebar and the same stenciled on a wall of my back porch. Your collage is just beautiful and what a great idea. I am still planning on trying to paint some of your watercolor flowers. Hope I’m able to do it..Happy Thursday..Judy

  3. What a gorgeous collage page Tammy, beautifully done. I adore the illustrations and you have truly done them justice with your fab layout. Hmm, I think I need a good nose around your blog now, I’m more than intrigued.
    Thank-you so much for your sweet visit today, much appreciated.
    Hugs x

  4. Wow, what a beautiful place. I would find it wonderful to sit and meditate there and to stroll and ponder. xox

  5. The Secret Garden is one of my all time favorites! I read it several times growing up and still consider it a real treasure! I need to get to Thanksgiving Point to see that garden! Thanks.

  6. your collage is wonderful!! I too love this story. I had my original copy from my girlhood until it finally fell apart despite the duct tape repairs over and over. I also LOVE Burnett’s book” The Little Princess”. I still read them both every few years even though I’m well into my 40’s! My mom gave me a collector’s copy of The secret garden covered in red velvet with gold accents about five years ago after she saw my tattered childhood copy. I may start reading it again, thank you for the reminder about how special these two stories are. Kerie

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