Grow Gardens Grow

We are ONE week away from the Secret Garden Party and Tour! If you haven’t yet RSVP’d for the party–make sure you do so today! We’re planning an Italian summer supper that will leave you feeling like you’re sitting on the Amalfi coast and ready to book your next Mediterranean vacation by the time you leave. The fun doesn’t stop when the party ends. On Saturday and Sunday we’ll have our Secret Garden Tour.

This year’s tour won’t disappoint. From an urban oasis to a sprawling country lawn, the Secret Garden Tour is a great way to gain new inspiration for your own garden, whatever size or shape it may be. And for all you folks living it up in apartments and condos with no green space of your own, we’ve even got a solution for you.

We don’t want to spoil before you get to experience it in person, but we’re confident that this year’s tour has something for everyone. Stop by Quinn’s Mercantile and learn how to expertly arrange your own fresh flowers. Then hop on over the Demonbreum’s beautifully balanced hideaway that boasts a lush lawn and vibrant flowers. After that you’ll head back downtown to the Nurture Nook. This day spa and gift shoppe is home to one of the most tranquil spots in town. Then you’ll hit the highway and set out for the Neal’s country retreat. This backyard is a playground paradise and we guarantee you won’t be able to focus on just one feature at a time. Lastly, you can circle back around to Discovery Center. Our summer planting is nearly complete, so you’ll want to check out our five themed gardens. While here you can also go inside and see our newest exhibit, Rainforest Adventure. This hands-on, high energy maze takes you through all the nooks and crannies of the rainforest and even has a zipline, monkey bars, and climbing area.

In addition to selling tickets for the garden party and tour, we are looking for a few volunteers to help man these garden stations. You don’t need an extensive knowledge of flowering plants and grasses. Instead, volunteers will greet garden tour patrons and pass along any instructions or information from the homeowners. It’s an easy task, but makes a world of difference for us at the DC. To sign up as a garden tour volunteer, email Katie at kwoodward@explorethedc.org.