I visited Nymans National Trust house and gardens yesterday, and all I could think of the entire time was how similar it was to how I pictured Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic (despite knowing that’s set in Yorkshire). Then in the gift shop sat this gorgeous copy and I felt stupidly vindicated, despite the obvious conclusion that most Victorian countryside houses and gardens probably look quite similar.
It’s the story of Mary, an English girl who has to return from India after the death of her parents, to her uncle at Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire. Despite being as disagreeable and rude as she can muster, she’s softened by the discovery of a little secret, walled garden with all the charm and excitement that she thought her life was lacking. She just needs to convince everyone else to let it in, too.