We hope you’ll join us for the 29th Annual Secret Garden Party on Friday, June 4th at the beautiful historic downtown Murfreesboro home of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Stone. Guests will be wined and dined all while supporting the mission of our local children’s museum to “Engage curious minds to fuel the future.” This event is always the most elegant summer soirée in our community, and we invite you to join us for Discovery Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year. After a year of virtual events and challenging times, we have never been more excited to be in-person! Please join us and consider a gift of sponsorship. Never has your gift been more important to our future growth.
Secret Garden Weekend is one of the highlights of the summer social season in Middle Tennessee. The series of events—which allows participants to get sneak peeks at beautiful gardens hidden in backyards or behind walls or fences in and around Murfreesboro—also serves as a major fundraiser for the Discovery Center. From the backyards of amateur gardeners to professional landscaping projects, the tour features the horticultural talents of local residents.
Secret Garden Party
Friday, June 4 | 7 p.m.
At the home of Judy & Ken Stone
Chairs: Kelly Goodman and Maegan Snyder
Join us for an elegant evening under the stars while supporting Discovery Center… After a year of virtual and “no-show” events, we’re so excited to see the summer’s most anticipated soiree bloom back to life and in person at the 29th Annual Secret Garden Party on Friday, June 4th at the beautiful East Main Street home of Judy and Ken Stone. The event will feature a French theme, “A Stroll by the Seine,” with signature cocktails, crafted plates, and a rich array of fine auction items including travel and novel home accessories.
Online sales are closed. Tickets are still available at the door. $100 per person.
Secret Garden Tour
Saturday, June 5 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 6 | 1 – 4 p.m.
- Eden’s Edge, private garden of Kate and Gary Patrick, 322 Osborne Ln, Murfreesboro: Eden’s Edge was created by the Patricks in 2004 although the majority of it was built after 2010. More than four acres are filled with multiple curving beds of daylilies, iris, peonies, grasses and many other shrubs and perennials. The Patricks have used natural and organic methods whenever possible, reserving “chemical warfare” for the most extreme issues! The soil is heavily amended with organic matter to lighten the heavy clay. Close planting suppresses weed growth and provides shelter. The Patricks’ goal is to provide refuge and solace from the outside world and provide beauty as well as ample habitat for all sorts of creatures.
- Wild About Wildflowers, private garden of Ran Powers, 410 Clubridge Ct, Murfreesboro: This small suburban yard features over 100 middle Tennessee wildflowers. It is a young landscape with plants that have lived through only one or two complete growing seasons. Here you will see all Middle Tennessee native plants, instead of commonly used plants from Asia and Europe seen in most suburban landscaping. Powers’ goal is to support a “living landscape” of native birds, insects and florals to better aid the local food web and the wildlife it sustains.
- Murfreesboro Community Garden, 806 East State Street, Murfreesboro: In June 2014 Autumn and Aaron Schultz were introduced to a plot of land generously offered by a local church and the State Street garden was born. In 2015, Murfreesboro Community Gardening developed a board and became a 501c3. Since then, it has been worked by almost 1,000 volunteers, had its own shed built, and grown hundreds of pounds of fresh local produce free of charge for the community. With enormous support from individuals, groups, and companies, the garden celebrates its eighth year in June 2021.
- Monarch Meadow, 2018 Winslow Court, Murfreesboro: Monarch Meadow is certified by Monarch Watch of Kansas University as a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. In 2013, after learning that the Monarch butterfly migration was threatened and endangered, owners Gladys Paradis and Linell began growing native and tropical milkweeds which are the only plants a Monarch caterpillar will eat. In addition to seven types of milkweed, visitors will find wisteria, tiger lilies, irises, hibiscus, canna, purple coneflower, gladiolas, phlox, day lilies, Sweet William, brown-eyed susans, butterfly bushes, bee balm, pink clover, dianthus, balloon flowers, ice plants and much more.
- Blooming Joy Flower Company, 5710 Sledge Road, Christiana: The gardens of Blooming Joy Flower Company began in early 2018 as an idea in the heart of owner Kara Jamison to learn how to grow cut flowers to bring others joy. Initially focusing on annual seed production flowers, the gardens took on a different look during the pandemic. The extra time at the farm allowed for large perennial garden installations. With more than 1,000 perennials for cut flowers, the gardens have taken on a magical look just a year later. The focus of the gardens is for cut flower arrangements for customers and garden education on social media. Nine different gardens exist on the farm of just under seven acres focusing on cottage garden style.
- Discovery Center, 502 SE Broad Street, Murfreesboro: At Discovery Center guests are invited to take time to enjoy the gardens which provide produce for the center’s animals and ingredients for the popular Snack Attack and SPARK! programs. Descend the outdoor stairs and step across the Lily Pad Pond and journey along the boardwalk into the wetlands by its artful stepping stones. Bring a camera to capture many of the creatures thriving in the wetlands!
A new addition to the tour—The Children’s Secret Garden Tour Scavenger Hunt—provides a booklet for children to fill out on their visits and return to Discovery Center for a special prize. Guests may pick up the booklet at any of the garden sites.
Online ticket sales closed. Tickets will be available at the Discovery Center or any garden on the day of the tour. Cash and check only at home gardens.
Enchanted Garden Princess Tea – SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 6 | 1-3 p.m.
Come meet your favorite princesses and enjoy a special tea party at the Discovery Center! The Enchanted Garden Princess Tea will take place on Sunday, June 6, from 1-3 p.m. Guests of the party will enjoy boxed treats, craft stations, a bubble dance party, time to meet a variety of popular princesses, plus admission to the Discovery Center. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite prince or princess, a dashing knight, or favorite royal sidekick. This outdoor event will be held in the enchanting wetlands of Murfree Spring on the grounds of the Discovery Center, located at 502 SE Broad Street, Murfreesboro. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $10 for Discovery Center members and $15 for non-members.