Andover's Secret Garden, Remembering Abbot Academy


On The Grounds of SHED Children's Campus

The Secret Garden is located in Abbot Woods on the campus of SHED Children’s Campus, a nonprofit offering Reggio Emilia inspired children's programs. Since 1997, SHED Children's Campus has made its home on a portion of the grounds of the former Abbot Academy — a private girls school, founded in 1829 and merged with Phillips Academy in 1973.

Hidden inside Abbot Woods

On the south side of SHED Children's Campus, the Secret Garden lies at the end of a path running through Abbot Woods. Hidden within a dense grove of rhododendrons, a clearing reveals a plaque mounted on a rock and a small round reflecting pool.


T. S. Eliot Poem on The Secret Garden Plaque

Etched into the plaque is a poem by famous poet T.S. Eliot, who had a relationship with Abbot Academy drama teacher Emily Hale. The plaque memorializes Abbot Academy's rich, 150-plus year history and all those who walked through its halls and the path to The Secret Garden — We remember you in this quiet place, where you came to reflect and to bury keepsakes.

Remembering The Girls of Abbot Academy

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