"The whole world is a Garden … Open, Awake, Alive "
|"George Sand's Garden at Nohant"|
If you are not familiar with it, the story begins with a devastating earthquake in India. Mary Lennox is left orphaned. She is sent to England to live with an uncle who had been married to her mother’s twin sister, also deceased.
The angry, lonely child roams the hundred room mansion and discovers a bed-ridden young boy who turns out to be a cousin she never knew she had. She also finds her aunt’s bedroom, where she comes upon an old key …
When she begins to explore the grounds of the vast estate, she discovers an ivy covered door … obviously needing the key in order to be opened.
The Secret Garden, as Mary called it, had been her aunt’s and the place where she died. It had been abandoned from that day on … until the day Mary opened it again. She and a local boy, Dickon, gently and lovingly tended to the garden and brought it’s magnificence back to life.
After introducing the Garden to her cousin, Colin, the three children found that not only did they bring the Garden back to life … but the Garden, in turn, healed and uplifted them all.
|"Love in Bloom"|
The Secret Garden created in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s imagination was a "place where all living things thrived" … especially Mary Lennox and her cousin, Colin Craven.