Frances Hodgson Burnett's Garden Key


Frances Hodgson Burnett




Creates semi-autonomous rose vines; Rapidly increases plant growth




Opening locked rooms

Collected by

Sandy Calecer and Artie Nielson







Date of Collection

November 24 2015


Origin[edit | edit source]

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) was an English-American writer. From the age of nineteen up until her death, Burnett had a career that would be responsible for many literary classics, including A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy, and The Secret Garden, making her the highest paid female author of her time.

The Secret Garden, for which Burnett is most known for, was heavily inspired by her time in Maytham Hall, a manor in Southern England where she would live after her divorces from both her first and second husbands. The extensive grounds were often the sites of parties and galas Burnett organized, but a hidden, walled-off rose garden on the property was where she would spend much of her time, writing and gardening.

A woman who managed to write herself out of extensive tragedies and financial burdens, the loss of her sanctuary in Maytham Hall in 1908 devastated Burnett when the owner decided to sell the manor.

Effects[edit | edit source]

As a memento of her time in Maytham Hall, Burnett snuck the key to the walled-off rose garden away with her. Imbued with her loss over losing her home, the key will transform any room it unlocks into a jungle. Plants already present in the room will grow to impossible sizes, and large vines of roses will sprout. These vines appear to be semi-autonomous, and seek to both protect and cater to the whims of the person who activated the key.

Collected at the Univille Conservatory during the Garden Society's celebration of Burnett's one hundred and sixty-sixth birthday.

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