Subsequently, the nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary;... How does your Garden Grow?" was derived of that story.
In the 1980's author and psychiatrist Nancy Friday began a book series about sexual fantasies starting with "My Secret Garden". It was way ahead of the whole Venus/Mars phenomenon.
There is a place in Niagara Falls called the Secret Garden. It is located smack dab in the middle of the tourist area in the Falls and yet it is usually empty and serene amongst the neon lights and crowds on Clifton Hill. It is a true wonder in this city. The exception being on weekends in the summer when hundreds of bridal parties flock to it for photo sets. The Secret Garden is much like the one in Burnett's story. It has imposing Iron gates and limestone walls. The ivy climbs on everything. There are hedge mazes, brooks, ponds, fountains, arbours and floral displays. There is an outdoor café in there also. It is all maintained by the Niagara Parks Commission.
My first recollection of the Garden was in photos of my parents honeymoon in the 1950's. After a number of visits to Niagara Falls when I was young, I could never recall seeing this Garden. When I moved here a number of years ago, I rediscovered it. The Garden was as intact and identical as it was in my parents photos. It is still a great place for photography. I have taken pictures there with my T sister Jodianne and many more by myself. I also recently discovered on my Flickr page a friend, model, business tycoon and diva Christina Saint Marche had done some photo sets there too.