Connie Gretz Secret Garden

The Connie Gretz Secret Garden is a wonderland for young visitors.

The Connie Gretz Secret Garden is located at the southwest end of campus, near the Healing Garden, the South Meadow, and the NY Chinese Scholar's Garden. It is accessible via Cottage Row.

Over a half an acre in size, the Secret Garden is a brick-walled enclosure which boasts three towers and a shrubbery maze, leading to another smaller enclosure at the heart of the garden with greenery, flowers, and benches. The main tower is two stories high with a spiral staircase, though the second level is currently closed for maintenance.

The garden was created in memory of Connie Gretz by her husband Randy Gretz, inspired by her love of children and the classic children’s story The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It took four years to construct, and was completed by 2000.

Hours and Admission

From June 16 – August 25, 2019, the Connie Gretz Secret Garden will be open on Sundays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Admission is $3 per child ages 3-12, with children of Snug Harbor Members admitted at $2. Adults will be admitted free of charge but must be accompanied by a child.

Special Events

Introducing Storytime in the Secret Garden: Classic tales for kids, in a fairy-tale garden! On select Sundays in June-July 2019, your children will feel swept away by the castle towers and shrubbery maze in the newly-restored Connie Gretz Secret Garden while they listen to engaging readings of favorite stories. Get your tickets here.