Some fabulous teacher I had in Grade four or five decided to read to us immediately after every morning bell, rightly assuming that we probably were not quite ready to tackle arithmetic so early. When she got to Frances Hodgson Burnett's wonderful novel "The Secret Garden", not many kids ever arrived late. We all got there bright and early to hear the latest adventures of Mary and Colin in their glorious garden world. This idea of earthly perfection, a profusion of delightful plants and flowers hidden away from life's troubles intoxicated me then and stays with me today.
When I heard a real Secret Garden exists in Delta, I knew I had to track it down and do a story about the remarkable man who created it. I was not disappointed. Our bargain forbade me from publicizing exactly where it's located - and I am abiding by that agreement. But he did tell me that if you want to know where it is, you might start by calling Delta City Hall. They own it after all. Hidden Gem