Bringing the world of Anne of Green Gables into your own
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden has been cherished by generations of readers ever since it was published in 1912.
Inside the Secret Garden: A Treasury of Crafts, Recipes and Activities, the beautiful volume illustrated by the late, much-beloved Tasha Tudor and California artist Mary Collier, will take you into the world of Mary Lennox, Colin Craven, and Dickon Sowerby.
You will learn why a high-walled garden was a necessity in England in earlier days and how a manor house functioned from day-to-day (from the "upstairs/downstairs" points of view); more about the author Frances Hodgson Burnett, and what was going on in the world from the 1840s to the 1920s (Burnett's lifetime).
Want to tend your own "bit of earth" as Mary did? Ideas and instructions for several different "secret gardens" from a Spring Bulb Garden to a delightful, miniature Indoor Secret Garden will inspire you.
Make a Twig Tool Holder, Moss-Covered Flower Urns, even some Key Wind Chimes for your garden. Learn to make a Topiary Flower Arrangement or a Miniature Arrangement for a tea tray.
And of course, you will want to make some of the tasty treats that Mary and Dickon and Colin enjoyed in their "secret garden:" A Woodland Tea with clotted cream, roasted eggs, roasted potatoes, oatcakes and currant buns or a Cottage Tea with hot oatcake, doughcakes, and cottage apple crumble. Maybe you would like to try a Manor Breakfast with homemade bread and butter, snow-white eggs, raspberry jam, clotted cream, muffins and sizzling ham. Recipes for all of these delicacies (and more) are included in Inside the Secret Garden.
A limited number of copies of Inside the Secret Garden: A Treasury of Crafts, Recipes, and Activities are available ($24.99 US/ $37.99 Cdn). If you would like a copy (and if you would like your copy signed by the authors), contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Inside the Secret Garden: A Treasury of Crafts, Recipes, and Activities was published by HarperCollins (New York) in 2001.]
This volume is out-of-print but you may be able to find it on eBay or other websites.