A Year in the Secret Garden

Secret Garden Wednesday-Because Book Inspired Fun is HEALTHY

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“I’m in the garden !!!” The Secret Garden to be precise. This time of year in the Secret Garden the earth is sleeping under a cloak of beautiful white snow. The birds have migrated off leaving the garden quiet from birdsong. This is the time of year when we clean up the garden when snow and rains allow. In the not too distant future, our garden will be exploding with life once again.

I thought we’d spend these last few weeks of winter together enjoying a few moments inside our book A Year in the Secret Garden. Marilyn Scott-Waters and I had more fun than two women should creating this activity guide to one of our favorite childhood books The Secret Garden.

Every Wednesday you can drop by here and find new and special happenings in the Secret Garden. There’ll be crafts, great food, fun, and laughter. So please be sure to come by and see us in our Secret Garden created just for you.

One of the things I love most about The Secret Garden is that together, Mary, Colin, and Dickon hold the key to unlocking the natural world. Through their struggles, triumphs, and adventures they unlock the wonders of nature and magic to us too.

A year in the secret garden

According to Richard Louv, 2008 Audubon Medal Recipient and author of Last Child in the Woods, kids today are becoming more and more removed from nature, at the expense of their own psychological and physical well-being. Children are spending more time in structured activities and on electronic devices, leaving little time for unstructured play in nature. With this book, Marilyn and I have created an innovative and enchanting book inspired by a classic children’s tale that encourages kids to step away from electronics and initiate creative play. Here’s a quote from an article done about A Year in the Secret Garden:

“We wanted A Year in the Secret Garden to be the catalyst in introducing the beloved children’s classic, The Secret Garden to a new generation of families, Budayr shared. “ This guide uses over two hundred full-color illustrations and photos to bring the magical story to life, with fascinating historical information, monthly gardening activities, easy-to-make recipes, and step-by-step crafts, designed to enchant readers of all ages. Each month your family will unlock the mysteries of a Secret Garden character, as well as have fun together creating the original crafts and activities based on the book. Our goal is to not only raise awareness for the necessity of families spending more quality “unplugged” time together but to also share monthly activities that incorporate nature and the outdoors as well.”

It may be too chilly (or snowy!) right now to do garden activities but A Year in The Secret Garden is filled with other fun activities and ideas that are inspired by the classic children’s tale Secret Garden. Within these pages, your family will find new activities, crafts, recipes and lessons (inspired by the book) in a something-to-do-every month format. With over 120 pages, 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities, your family and friends will be crafting, cooking, enjoying, learning and playing together!

A Year in The Secret Garden

Watch for the first installment in this fun new series next week and in the meantime, go here to get more details and grab your copy.