How would you describe the Garden of Death in "The Canterville Ghost" by Oscar Wilde?

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The Garden of Death is featured in Chapter Five of "The Canterville Ghost," when the ghost tells Virginia Otis of his strong desire to leave Canterville Chase and to sleep forever. 

Though the ghost has not been to the Garden, he has a strong impression of its appearance and atmosphere. It exists beyond the "pine-woods," for example, and is guarded by a "yew tree" which protects the sleepers with its long branches. Inside, the grass is "long and deep" and the earth is "soft" and "brown." The Garden is also decorated with "hemlock flower" and filled with the sound of the nightingale's song.

According to the ghost, there is no sense of time nor place inside the Garden. Furthermore, there exists no today nor tomorrow; no life nor death. The Garden is simply a place of peace where the dead can sleep forever, without fear of ever being disturbed.

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