Secret Garden

A photo essay.

Editor’s Note: The exact address of this story’s subject has been withheld for privacy reasons.

If you happen upon a peculiar house in northeast Newhallville, you’ll get butterflies—also flowers, fairies, propeller planes, cherubs, glowing orbs, exotic birds, shining stars, climbing cats and whirligigs, all packed into a lattice-fenced yard about the size of a bathroom.

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You’ll also get mixed signals. Signs bearing language like “bless this garden,” “love,” and “welcome” are, well, welcoming. “No trespassing” signs aren’t.

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Don’t trespass, but do look, and don’t be above getting low, where gaps in the lattice reveal some of the garden’s best-kept secrets.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims.

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Turning down a dream editing job right out of college, Dan instead went into marketing and media sales to better cover the rent. Stints at Spin Magazine and Yahoo! followed. But he kept scratching that writing-and-editing itch—first on the side, then at a couple of startups. Dan is now scratching it as Daily Nutmeg's editor.

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