It’d be fair to say that a living in The Secret Garden has been incubating in my brain ever since I was 9. It was the first book I ever read that I absolutely couldn’t put down, devouring every word, and then, a bizarre taped from the tv version that came out in the late 1980s. I was Mary Lennox. I dreamed of mail-order seeds, secret passages, tamed foxes and lost skeleton keys and unsurprisingly, I still do.
1. Arletty checked smock dress, $159; 2. Hand-forged trowel, $54; 3. Cement garden mushrooms, $29; 4. Brenda Lynn Florence sun hat, $225; 5. Antique ivory elephant, $525; 6. Nickle watering can, $65; 7. Antique wicker doll seat, $375; 8. Rose gardening gloves, $36; 9. Aged Allende Urn, $49; 10. Antique skeleton key, $26.
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Since gardens are in short supply in Brooklyn, I’ve learned to cope the best I can. My fire escape is a tangle of terra cotta pots and I’ve developed a serious house plant habit. The Secret Garden’s rustic charm had a radical impact on my early childhood development- the ivy stone walls, vintage seed packets, padlocks and skeleton keys. While I can’t have my own small locked garden just yet, I’m hoarding mossy planters just the same.
1. Vintage seed packets, $6 each; 2. Pair of secateurs, $50; 3. Sussex pyramid obelisk, $148; 4. Flower frogs, $5, 5. H. by Hudson ankle boots, $210; 6. Wire basket, $50; 7. Terra cotta cloche, $49; 8. Vintage little bird, $38; 9. Water mister, $9; 10. Vintage jump rope, $10.