The best gardens are the secret gardens. The ones far off the well-traveled path, hidden behind a vine-entangled fence, chanced upon in the most unexpected of places. The Secret Gardenis an invitation to twelve serene and secluded retreats: a lily-covered pond engulfed in layers of greenery; a bench beckoning from beneath the fiery red canopy of a Japanese Maple; behind a wrought-iron gate, a glimpse of a flowery oasis. Each of these verdant sanctuaries makes the bustle and noise of the outside world fall away and encourages quiet contemplation. Engaging text and delightful garden quotes enhance the images.