Once a year, Hammond Harwood House opens the gates to the capital city’s secret gardens — and invites you to look inside
High walls, secured gates and similar impositions block out the curious and provoke questions: What grows on the other side? Is that water I hear? What flower can smell so sweet, even from a distance?
Even on tiptoes, the answers are evasive.
Nothing tempts as much as something one cannot see, as we learned in The Secret Garden from little Mary Lennox, who sought the hidden walled-in garden and unlocked its secrets. But unlike the mysterious garden in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s...