After the British-American author’s death in 1924, her admirers found the perfect place for a memorial: a blooming garden. The square’s centerpiece is shaded by the oldest crab apple tree in the park and can be reached by a series of winding paths, beginning at the famous Vanderbilt Gate. For generations, lovers of literature have gathered in this haven, perhaps seeking the sort of rejuvenation experienced by the characters of Burnett’s cherished novel.
Text Leslie Bennett
Photography John O’Hagan
To learn more about this verdant alcove, see “The Secret Garden in New York City” in the October 2020 issue, available on newsstands and at Victoriamag.com. Also, join the Victoria Classics Book Club as we rediscover the magic of The Secret Garden, our latest book selection.