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Kelly: She'll use the girl's magic to save Lucy's life.
Roni: In exchange for what?
Kelly: The Resurrection Amulet. [...] She wants us to bring it to the botanical garden greenhouse at midnight.

"Secret Garden" is the eleventh episode of Season Seven of ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, and directed by Mick Garris. It is the one hundred and forty-fourth episode of the series overall, and premiered on March 2, 2018.


Eager to harness her burgeoning magical skills, Robin engages in a risky relationship with Mother Gothel. Meanwhile, in Hyperion Heights, Roni and Kelly strike a deal with Eloise, desperate to save Lucy from her mysterious illness. But nothing comes without a price. As things finally come to a head between Victoria and Ivy, someone may have to pay with their life.[2]




Guest Starring




Production Notes

Event Chronology

Episode Connections



Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

  • MYSTERIOUS SYMBOLS: When Zelena opens Cora's spell book,[20] we see a palmistry illustration of a hand, with astrological symbols for the mounts on the palm. Mounts are the bumps of flesh on the palm, which are named after planets, and which play a very important role during a palmistry reading. Five astrological symbols can be seen on the illustration:[21]
  • Venus (♀), the mount by the thumb. Below that, the word "Vita", Latin for "life", is printed.
  • Jupiter (♃) is erroneously printed on the mound between the thumb and the index finger, which is where Lower Mars should be.
  • Mars (♂) is erroneously printed on the mound beneath the index finger, which is actually Jupiter's mound.
  • Saturn (♄), the mount under the index finger.
  • Apollo, the sun (☉), the mount under the ring finger.
  • Note that the mount of Mercury (☿), which is placed beneath the baby finger, is obscured.
  • MYSTERIOUS WRITINGS: Next to the hand, there are micro-excerpts from Ars grammatica, a survey of Latin grammar by Aelius Donatus, a fourth century Roman grammarian and teacher of rhetoric. The excerpts in the spell book are from Donatus' first Ars grammatica, known as Ars Minor, which is a brief overview of the eight parts of speech.
  • The paragraph at the top of the page consists of selected words from the section De praepositione,[22] "about preposition". The paragraph from the spell book reads thus: "Vbi locum significat, magis [three or four illegible words] ablativo ubi onem alicuius facimus accusativo casui ervit". The following is the excerpt in its entirety, with the selected words (and pieces of words) in the spell book set in bold:
Vbi locum significat, magis accusativo casui servit quam ablativo; ubi mentionem alicuius facimus, ablativo tantum, ut "multa super Priamo rogitans". In quam vim habet? Etiam tum accusativo casui servit, cum significat contra, ut in adulterum, in desertorem.[22]
  • The paragraph at the bottom begins with "Legendus legenda legendum participia venientia a verbo passivo temporisum futuri generis" (the rest of the text is illegible), which is from the section De participio,[22] "about participle". Note that the original excerpt from Ars Minor says "temporis", not "temporisum".
  • Additional text from De praepositione can be glimpsed on the opposite page. The following is the excerpt in its entirety, with the parts that can be seen in the book (most of the text is obscured by Zelena or illegible) set in bold:

Quo modo? Dicimus enim ad patrem, apud villam, ante
aedes, adversum inimicos, cis Renum, citra
forum, circum uicinos, circa templum,
contra hostem, erga propinquos, extra terminos,
inter naues, intra moenia infra tectum, iuxta macellum,
ob augurium, pone tribunal, per parietem, prope fenestram,
secundum fores, post tergum, trans ripam, ultra fines,
praeter officium, propter rem, supra caelum, usque Oceanum,
penes arbitros. Da praepositiones casus ablativi A ab abs
cum coram clam de e ex pro prae palam sine absque tenus. quo
modo? Dicimus enim a domo, ab homine, abs
quolibet, cum exercitu, coram testibus, clam
custodibus, de foro, e iure, ex
praefectura, pro clientibus, prae timore,
palam omnibus, sine labore, absque iniuria,
tenus pube, quod nos dicimus pube tenus.
Da utriusque casus praepositiones. In sub super subter.

Set Dressing

  • The old-fashioned cash register sitting on the table[25] was sitting in Mr. Gold's pawnshop in previous seasons.[26]

Costume Notes

  • The belt Henry is wearing around his doublet while he is spending time with his family[32] is held together by hinges.[33]
  • BRAND INFO: While trying to save Lucy, Kelly is wearing[34] an Aritzia Wilfred Pilier Jacket (no longer available).[35]

Filming Locations

  • The same set doubles as the restaurant where Rogers confronts Michael Griffiths in "The Garden of Forking Paths". Notice how the doors, which were changed for the restaurant, are in exactly the same spots for both locations,[48] and the wall with the cut-out by the doors is the same,[48] as is the alcove in the wall that runs parallel to one of the doors (Henry has a bookshelf in his).[49]


International Titles



  1. Porter, Rick (March 5, 2018). ‘Blue Bloods,’ ‘Blindspot,’ all others unchanged: Friday final ratings. TV by the Numbers. “Once Upon a Time (ABC) (...) 2.14”
  2. 2.0 2.1 LISTINGS: ONCE UPON A TIME. The Futon Critic. “Air Date: Friday, March 02, 2018. Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST on ABC. Episode Title: (#711) "Secret Garden".”
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  4. TwitterLogo.svg @AdamHorowitzLA (Adam Horowitz) on Twitter (October 18, 2017). "Here's another #OnceUponATime #titlespoiler -- hope to see ya Friday!" (screenshot)
  5. Dove, Steve. Storybrooke Secrets: Welcome to Storybrooke. ABC. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. “And while Owen is a Star Wars fan, his dad Kurt later tells Regina he's from "New Jersey, home of the Boss." Adam Horowitz is a big fan of Bruce Springsteen.”
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  9. MS NIGHT Hospital entrance with empty street - TU to top of building / New York, New York, USA. Getty Images. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
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  11. WS Residential apartments day. Getty Images. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
  12. Screenshot from iZombie: "Patriot Brains"
  13. MNight Exterior Decaying Brick Warehouse with Graffiti. Getty Images. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
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  18. Magazines | Motor Cyclist Issue No. 1141. Wolfgang's. Retrieved on December 26, 2018.
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  21. Palmistry Mounts. Psychic Library. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
    Mounts of March. Psychic Library. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Donatus, de partibus orationis ars minor. Georgetown University. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
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  33. InstagramIcon.png succubus_studios (Succubus Studios). November 2, 2018. "Who said hinges were just for doors. What show do you think this is for?" (archive copy)
    File:711Costume2.jpg (the belt in the costume image matches the design of the costume piece in the Instagram image posted by Succubus Studios)
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  35. Wilfred Pilier Jacket. Aritzia. Retrieved on January 18, 2019.
    (Scroll down to see the listing for the jacket)
  36. Screenshot from Riverdale: "Chapter Twenty-Nine: Primary Colors"
  37. Gittins, Susan (October 23, 2017). ONCE UPONA TIME in Coquitlam at Riverview. Hollywood North.
  38. Movies Filmed at Riverview Hospital. MovieMaps. Retrieved on September 2, 2018.
  39. Once Upon a Time Filming Locations. MovieMaps. Retrieved on September 2, 2018. “East Lawn Building (Riverview Hospital). Storybrooke General Hospital. Hospital where various characters are treated throughout the season first seen in episode 1x03 "Snow Falls".”
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 15, 2017. "Exhausted from running around Riverview unsupervised with a camera ;) thanks @koepecetic" (archive copy)
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  43. TwitterLogo.svg @BastardSonVan (Larry Andreutti) on Twitter (March 7, 2016). "#OnceUponATime at Riverview Hospital today" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @WhatsFilming (What's Filming) on Twitter (March 7, 2016). "#OnceUponATime is filming at Riverview today." (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (March 7, 2016, from Coquitlam, British Columbia). "one last scene to film in the tunnels" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @bonbuffy (Lexi) on Twitter (May 3, 2016). "they also used the tunnels below to film that day" (screenshot)
  44. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). December 20, 2017. "Colin and bex having a bit of a chat in the forest -" (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). April 17, 2019. "#wikedwednesday is here and while I was trying to find a post I found this 😂" (archive copy)
  45. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 8, 2018. "Tiera is a bad ass with a bow! Such a pleasure having her on the cast this season!" (archive copy)
    InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). December 26, 2018. "missing these 2 amazing humans ❤️" (archive copy)
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  50. InstagramIcon.png vfxsup (Craig Clarke). March 2, 2018. "director and cast photo from tonight's episode #711 -" (archive copy)
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