Children’s book celebrates the secrets of Hamilton Gardens

The Garden's Secrets picture book

“A door!” said Cooper. “In a garden!
Why have a door in a garden?”
Doors, paths, secret winding places…

Families are invited to join the festivities at the launch of a new picture book set at the iconic Hamilton Gardens.

The book launch for The Garden’s Secrets will be held on Sunday 22 November at the Hamilton Gardens playground with author Sarah Johnson and illustrator Deborah Hinde in attendance.

A delightful story for children aged two to six years, The Garden’s Secrets will take you on a magical journey around the beloved Hamilton Gardens.

“The Gardens are full of wonderful, mysterious doors,” says Johnson. “Any curious child, or adult, will wonder what’s behind them, want to explore – the perfect starting point for a story.”

Likewise, Hinde says the “colour, texture, light and shade” at Hamilton Gardens “is full of inspiration for an illustrator.”

“Regardless of this, the story is central to an illustrator’s work. It’s our job to add something special, something magical to bring that story to life.”

The playful story is presented as a beautifully illustrated keepsake of Hamilton Gardens, including a map illustration which will encourage readers to retrace Cooper’s footsteps themselves.

 A firm favourite with kids of all ages, Hamilton Gardens attracts one million visitors annually.

“The book is dedicated to all the Hamilton Gardens volunteers and supporters – past and present,” says Hamilton Gardens Business Development Manager Tamsin Webb.

“Over the past 50 years this site has been transformed into a world-class garden through a sustained community effort. That’s the real magic of Hamilton Gardens!”

The Garden’s Secrets will be available at booksellers nationwide from November 2020 and is priced at RRP $24.99. Copies can be purchased from the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre which is open from 9am to 5pm every day of the year except Christmas Day.

Book launch:

  • 10am to 11am Sunday 22 November 2020
  • Hamilton Gardens playground, Gate 2, Hamilton Gardens
  • Join us for a fun family event as the author and illustrator read aloud The Garden’s Secrets


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