The book The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson contains elements of magic, where the garden itself is directly related to the health and wellbeing of the protagonists. The garden changes the lives of a young girl and boy, symbolizing rejuvenation, happiness, and the importance of positive thinking. The book served as a source of inspiration for the Connie Gretz Secret Graden.
The Secret Garden was dedicated to the memory of Connie Vigneri Gretz (March 14, 1950- October 25, 1996). The Garden was built by her family, friends, and with the help of Merrill Lynch. The maze conceals the secret garden, providing children with an exciting yet challenging adventure. The Gretz family wanted to teach children (and remind adults) that “although life’s path is never straight, we should look for the magic and joy in each step of the journey. For it is only through life’s journey that we each find the peace and beauty of our own secret garden.”