Community Read 2024

Two books: The Last Garden in England and The Secret Garden, stand atop a brick wall with a green garden in the background.

An Exploration of Our Powerful Connections with Gardens

In 2024, we’re excited to share our first historical fiction Community Read book all about the meaning, beauty, and solace we can find in gardens.

The Secret Garden

Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, adapted by Calista Brill, illustrated by Adelina Lirius

In this picture book adaptation of the classic novel, our younger readers will follow Mary Lennox as she moves into a confusing new home and only finds comfort from exploring the grounds and gardens surrounding the imposing manor house. Through unexpected friendships, good fresh air, connecting to nature, and a mystery surrounding a secret garden, Mary is transformed.

Get the Books ...

Available for purchase at major booksellers and at The Garden Shop at Longwood Gardens—in-person and online.

... and Start Reading!

Titles also available for borrowing at most public libraries in:

New Castle County, DE

Cecil County, MD

Gloucester County, NJ

Berks County, PA

Chester County, PA

Cumberland County, PA

Delaware County, PA

Lancaster County, PA

Montgomery County, PA

Select titles available as ebooks for Members:


The Last Garden in England

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Simon & Schuster The Last Garden in England Discussion Guide
Expand your group discussion of the 2024 Community Read pick, The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly, by using the topics & questions for discussion from the publisher Simon & Schuster. Enhance your book club by exploring additional activities and group trips related to the story.

The Secret Garden

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Further Reading: The Longwood Gardens Blog