the secret garden real gardens

The garden in The Secret Garden looks different to everyone who reads Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved 1911 classic. It may be an untamed plot of land with room for wildflowers and imagination for some, or a pastoral paradise with every kind of foliage imaginable. The latest adaptation leans toward the latter, dialed up to a hundred, presenting an awe-inspiring oasis full of ferns, flowers, and ancient architecture that makes one feel like they’re stepping into a fairy tale. But despite the otherworldly quality of the garden in The Secret Garden, it’s not the result of abundant CGI or transplanted exotic plants. It’s composed of 7 real gardens located all across the United Kingdom.

/Film has a set of exclusive The Secret Garden images that take us behind the ivy-covered wall and into the magical real-life gardens that became the titular secret garden in the Marc Munden-directed adaptation.

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the secret garden review

I’ve always viewed The Secret Garden as a sort of “Gothic romance for beginners,” with a dose of that childish whimsy that made Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s 1911 classic such a fixture on our childhood bookshelves or our televisions in the form of the various film and made-for-TV adaptations over the years. Hear me out: a willful protagonist who comes to live at a cavernous, dilapidated manor in the moors, its residents haunted by the ghosts of their past. But of course, instead of a crazed wife in the attic or an actual ghost (though she does find a sickly cousin hidden away), she discovers the healing properties of a secret garden. But the haunting setting for The Secret Garden has been largely glossed over in adaptations in favor of the pastoral paradise of the garden and the wholesome return to simpler times that it represents (though the recent 1993 adaptation is an exception, its darker Gothic tones not lost in the process). As such, The Secret Garden has earned a reputation as another stuffy period piece, except for kids.

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the secret garden trailer

The healing magic of nature has long been the driving message of Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s beloved children’s novel The Secret Garden. But in the shiny new adaptation of the literary classic, the titular garden may actually be magical? With a producing team that hails from Harry Potter and Paddington, that could very well be the case. Watch the official The Secret Garden trailer below.

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The Secret Garden trailer

David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter and Paddington movies, is ushering another literary classic to the big screen with The Secret Garden, the fourth cinematic adaptation of author Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel. Check out the colorful, magical new trailer below. Read More »

The Secret Garden Trailer

The Secret Garden is a literary classic that children have been reading for over a century. The tale follows an orphaned girl left to live with her uncle in England after the tragic death of her British parents in their home country of India. The dreary setting nearly breaks her spirit until she uncovers a magical secret garden that blooms with bright colors and gives her some semblance of hope. The classic tale is being updated in a new film adaptation from the producers of Paddington and Harry Potter, and the trailer shows how today’s visual effects brings the magic to life. Read More »

the secret garden remake

The Secret Garden will bloom once again. The Secret Garden remake is in the works, with Marc Munden (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) helming the “fantastical reimagining” of Frances Hodgson Burnett‘s classic children’s novel. And it already has the perfect, quintessentially British cast led by Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

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Pretty much everyone involved with screenwriter Lucy Alibar‘s first film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, was a virtual or total unknown. That won’t be the case for her next project, however. Alibar is set to team with Guillermo del Toro on The Secret Garden, Universal’s adaptation of the classic Frances Hodgson Burnett novel.

While the pair are coming from different levels of the Hollywood hierarchy, they should make for a good match. Both have previously explored heavy, bittersweet themes through tales about young people navigating fantasy worlds — Alibar with Beasts, del Toro with Pan’s Labyrinth. Plus, the involvement of del Toro makes just about any film better. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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