The Garden's Secrets

The Garden's Secrets children's book

The Garden's Secrets  |  Written by Sarah Johnson  |  Illustrated by Deborah Hinde  |  Published by Hamilton Gardens

This new publication is a delightful picture book aimed at children aged two to six years. Perfect for enjoying together by reading aloud, The Garden’s Secrets will take you on a magical journey around many of the beloved locations at Hamilton Gardens.


Author Sarah Johnson’s books for children have been shortlisted for and won several awards, including the Storylines Joy Cowley Award and Storylines Notable Book Awards. She lives in Whāingaroa – Raglan and enjoys visiting schools to talk about her love of books, reading and writing.


Deborah Hinde has illustrated around 40 picture books, some of which have won awards including the Māori Language Award and Storylines Notable Book Awards. Based in the village of Wharepapa South, Deborah works from her garden studio where the landscape and wildlife provide a continuous source of inspiration.


Hamilton Gardens is an award-winning public park on the banks of the Waikato River in Hamilton, New Zealand. With its themed collections of gardens, Hamilton Gardens explores the history, context and meaning of gardens over the past 4,000 years.


The Garden's Secrets is available now from booksellers nationwide. Copies can be purchased locally from the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre or from Books For Kids at 310 Grey St, Hamilton East.

  • Title: The Garden’s Secrets
  • Author: Sarah Johnson
  • Illustrator: Deborah Hinde
  • Publisher: Hamilton Gardens (Hamilton City Council)
  • Age group: 2 to 6 years
  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 978-0-473-52632-0
  • RRP: $24.99
  • Finish: Hard cover
  • Size: 247mm x 257mm portrait, 8.5mm spine
  • Binding: Section sewn, separate endpapers

Download: Advance Information Sheet [PDF, 1 page, 1MB]

Download: Media Release [PDF, 2 pages, 0.25MB]

For further information or interview requests, please email or phone 07 838 6560 or 021 775 601 (Tamsin Webb). For sales and orders, please contact Bookreps or phone +64 9 419 2635