The enchanting Secret Garden fountain

Inside Central Park’s beautiful Conservatory Garden, at 104th Street and Fifth Avenue, is this sweet depiction of the two main characters from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1909 children’s classic The Secret Garden


The fountain and sculpture, by Bessie Potter Vonnoh, were designed as the centerpiece of a storytelling area in the Conservatory’s south garden, ringed by flowers, shrubs, and other blooms. It’s meant to memorialize Burnett, who died in 1924.

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7 Responses to “The enchanting Secret Garden fountain”

  1. Don’t Delay: Save a Reporter Today - City Room Blog - Says:

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  2. ann Says:

    We were married right there, ten years ago last February–no one there but us, the judge, our witnesses, and a cat. It’s a lovely corner of the park, and obviously, quite secret in the winter.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    Now that’s a very romantic little wedding. It must be lovely walking through the garden now and thinking back to that winter day.

  4. Clifford Browder Says:

    A beautiful photo of a beautiful spot. I would like to use it in a future post on New York City gardens in my blog about New York ( Is this possible. I would gladly credit Ephemeral New York.

  5. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, feel free to use it, but please credit Ephemeral New York and send me a link when it’s up. Thank you.

  6. The Gilded Age past of a Central Park gate | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] Central Park’s Conservatory Garden is a magical place. Divided into three separate gardens designed in Italian, French, and English styles, it’s a quiet zone with lovely walkways and fountains. […]

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