Aquilegia (Columbine)
The Purple Color

Secret Gardens


Can you imagine where I might be- facing such beauty?



Looks like England you say?



Let's peek through the fence.



A precious jewel of a garden-



a charming secret place. 


Oh! The things which happened in that garden! If you have never had a garden you cannot understand, and if you have had a garden you will know that it would take a whole book to describe all that came to pass there.

 Frances Hodgson Burnett~ The Secret Garden








What are the real stories here?


From my car, parked at an Albany grocery store, (right, I was not in England) a friendly pink flush of roses beckoned me, and camera, across the street to a Bank parking lot. I peered through rose canes at the top of the wall and found such delight. A week later I told Carolyn Sanders what fun I had, during my secret photo shoot. After all, it was her garden I was capturing. No, I wouldn't shoot a garden without permission, and thankfully received it after the fact.

Carolyn and I were at the The Celebration of Old Roses. How many times I've mentioned the Celebration lately, both here and on FB. It is so much more than the actual day. Loving roses just happens to bring magic with it- people, places, stories, history . . . secret gardens.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett


And because I have a garden, one spring day, 10 years ago or so, I photographed Laura Reed there- she had just starred as Mary in a production of The Secret Garden. The play was presented at the Meher School, across the street from our home. 



I had the fun of costuming her for the production. Laura, a brilliant performer, has now graduated from college and is persuing all things theatrical.


Thank you Laura Reed and Carolyn Sanders !