The Secret Garden – It’s in Andover, Guess Where?
On The Grounds of SHED Children's Campus
The Secret Garden is located in Abbot Woods on the campus of SHED Children’s Campus, a nonprofit offering Reggio Emilia inspired children's programs. Since 1997, SHED Children's Campus has made its home on portion of the grounds of the former Abbot Academy — a private girls school that merged with Phillips Academy in 1973.
Hidden inside Abbot Woods
On the south side of SHED Children's Campus, the Secret Garden lies at the end of a path running through Abbot Woods, hidden within a dense grove of rhododendrons. A clearing reveals a plaque mounted on a rock and a small round reflecting pool.
T. S. Eliot Poem on The Secret Garden Plaque
Etched into the plaque is a poem by famous poet T.S. Eliot, who had a relationship with Abbot Academy drama teacher Emily Hale. The plaque memorializes the Abbot Academy's rich, 150-plus year history and all those who walked through its halls and the path to The Secret Garden — We remember you in this quiet place, where you came to reflect and to bury keepsakes.
Abbot Academy Campus Today
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