Great Maytham Hall, Kent: the most famous garden in literature 

“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Strolling through the rose-filled walled gardens in Great Maytham Hall in the early 1900s, Frances Hodgson Burnett became inspired by the thought of a secret garden; overgrown and waiting to be discovered …

The story which followed, The Secret Garden (1911), has become a much-loved children’s classic, and for over 100 years the garden itself, hidden inside the grounds of the fictional Misselthwaite Manor, has inspired children and adults alike with its young orphan girl finding a home within its walls.

Follow in the footsteps of Frances Hodgson Burnett and her much-loved cast of characters with a stroll through the secret garden…

The gardens at Great Maytham Hall were designed by Lutyens, in partnership with Gertrude Jekyll. Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel comes to life with a walk through the bluebell wood, and a peak through the gate to the walled garden, scented by its herbaceous beds and rose pergola.

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that ‘she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow’.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

To find out more about Great Maytham Hall, Kent click here.

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