Did you know there is a REAL garden that inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett?
It is the kitchen garden of Great Maytham Hall, Rolvenden, in Kent, England,
where she lived for ten years in the 1890's. You can read about it HERE.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of THE SECRET GARDEN, Frances Hodgson Burnett's beautiful story that has been a favorite of generations of girls (and boys) everywhere. I loved the unfamiliar setting, wonderful characters, and riveting plot this book introduced me to as a child: the lonely moors of Yorkshire, mysterious Misselthwaite Manor, a lost key to a hidden door, a tangled and abandoned garden, spoiled orphan Mary Lennox, her lonely Uncle Archibald, her hidden away-sickly-cousin-Colin, and kindhearted Dicken.
And of course, who can forget her little friend, the Robin...
At its heart, the story is about two "disagreeable" children, Mary Lennox and Colin Craven, who, while transforming a dead and forgotten garden, are equally transformed themselves, as they cultivate a deep and enduring friendship. "Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow." The garden becomes a place of healing for them as well as for Colin's lonely father, Archibald.
THREE CENTENARY EDITIONS... 1911-2011
|Centenary Edition with over 70 illustrations|
by Robert Ingpen.
|Centenary edition, illustrated by|
Lauren Child, due out Sept. 2011.
|This beautiful edition with|
embroidered cover design by
Jillian Tamaki, is due out in October 2011
BOOK COVERS OVER THE YEARS...WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?
This was the edition that introduced me, as a child, to Burnett's THE SECRET GARDEN. Beautifully illustrated by Tasha Tudor, it was first published in 1962.
Below is the first published edition of THE SECRET GARDEN, with illustrations by M.B. Kork, published in 1911 in its entirety (it had previously been published in serial format in American Magazine).
|(photo courtesy of Project Gutenberg)|
|Another illustrator of an early edition|
was Charles Robinson.
|Illustrations by Inga Moore.|
|Graham Rust, illustrator.|
|Michael Hague's depictions.|
JUST FOR FUN: For any of you die-hard fans out there, take this SECRET GARDEN QUIZ and see how much you remember about this classic book!