the secret garden

Garden wedding

The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories. Sometimes people went to sleep in them for a hundred years, which she had thought must be rather stupid. She had no intention of going to sleep, and, in fact, she was becoming wider awake every day which passed at Misselthwaite.

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

I cannot get over how amazing this Flower Pot cake is from Williams Sonoma. It is a velvety-rich five-layer chocolate devil’s food cake with chocolate-caramel truffle cream filling and coffee buttercream frosting, topped with hand-sculpted sugar paste flowers and green fondant icing leaves. I absolutely adore the idea of sending this cake as a mother’s day gift (<–May 13th), birthday present to a best friend, or ordering several for your wedding day!

photo credits: giant paper flower, lavender door, bride and groom, flower pot cake, The Secret Garden book, outdoor reception, Japanese flower garden, love keys, bird bath, dresses, heart with birds wedding invitation, bees.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. I love that cake! It’s absolutely adorable!

  2. Sara! I LOVE this board. In the 4th grade, I played the lead in a Secret Garden play – my first time to take the stage 🙂 My acting career didn’t last for too much longer…

    This board makes me want to read the book again. Oh, and where can I get those LOVE skeleton keys?? 🙂

    • I know – those keys! I’ve been looking for those keys for months and can’t figure out where to buy them. If anyone out there knows – let us in on the secret!


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