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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Dan has worked for a couple of major media companies, but he likes Daily Nutmeg best. As DN’s editor, he writes, photographs, edits and otherwise shepherds ideas into fully realized feature stories.

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