Secret Garden Week 2017

Secret Garden Week 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 Brunch
Thursday, June 1  |  10 a.m.
Tickets: $35/person
Location: Home of Ellen & Paul Willson, 1001 East Main Street, Murfreesboro
Presentation by: Emily Daniel from Basil & Bergamot Flower Farm, a small flower design studio and farm located in the beautiful countryside of Whites Creek, Tennessee, about 12 minutes north of downtown Nashville. They specialize in growing flowers with beautiful colors, amazing fragrance, and longstanding beauty. Everything is grown with loving care and the utmost respect for nature. No harsh chemicals or fertilizers are ever used on their flowers. Their floral designs resonate their philosophy of working with nature showing diversity, organic forms, and beautiful colors.

Secret Garden Cocktail Stroll (for Iris & above sponsors only)
Friday, June 2  |  6 p.m.
Location: Home of Ellen & Paul Willson, 1001 East Main Street, Murfreesboro
Exclusive cocktail hour for Iris and above sponsors.

Secret Garden Party
Friday, June 2  |  7 p.m.
Tickets: $100/person – Online sales are now closed. Tickets are available at the door. 
Honorees: Billie & Joe Little
Location: Home of Ellen & Paul Willson, 1001 East Main Street, Murfreesboro
Includes silent auction, open bar, and catering by Five Senses.

Valet parking will be available to the party from Homer Pittard Campus School. Shuttle vans will run from the school (923 E. Lytle Street) to the party location (1001 E. Main Street). The valet will have a parking attendant available at the home to valet vehicles for elderly/handicapped guests and another will be in the Campus School parking lot to direct guests

Secret Garden Tour
Saturday, June 3  |  10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 4  |  1 – 4 p.m.
Tickets: $10/person – Online sales are now closed. Tickets are available at Discovery Center or at any of the gardens the day of the tour. Cash or check only if purchasing tickets at a garden.  
The Secret Garden Tour is your opportunity to stroll through intimate gardens tucked away in local homes!
Locations (copies of tour map will be available at the Discovery Center front desk):

  • Discovery Center, 502 SE Broad St., Murfreesboro
  • Murfreesboro Community Gardening, 806 East State St., Murfreesboro
  • Dave and Renee Petree, 1431 Wall St., Murfreesboro
  • Drs. Randall Rickard and Susan Andrews, 910 Hazelwood St., Murfreesboro
  • Mrs. Sydney and Dr. James Boerner, 2239 Shannon Dr., Murfreesboro

Click Here to download the Secret Garden Tour map >> SGT Map 2017_Discovery Center

Secret Garden Party Location: Home of Ellen & Paul Willson

2017 Secret Garden Party Committee

Chairs: Gina and Grant DeJean and Anne Elizabeth and Rich Rucker

Committee: Stephanie Roach, Anna Stewart, Sara Beth Clark, Katie Lane, Marida Balch, Christa Brown, Katherine Layman, Kristin Salter, Leslie Kekelis, Kelly Barger, Jenny Grubb, Laurel Parkerson, and Natalie Hillis

Featured Auction Items

Get ready to bid on these, among other, fantastic auction items at the Secret Garden Party! Many thanks to our sponsors for the donations.

  • Big Green Egg grill, donated by Parkerson Santel Law Firm and Children’s Dentistry of Murfreesboro, set into a custom grill table built and donated by Hedgewood Builders.
  • Gibson Les Paul Future Tribute Min-ETune Guitar in Wine Red Vintage Gloss donated by the Gibson Foundation, signed by a Nashville recording artist to be revealed…
  • Golf package complete with a golf cart discount from Mikey’s Motors, golf bag and driver donated by Hilliard Lyons, golf and lunch for four at Stones River Country Club, and merchandise and lessons from Jeremy Head Golf Academy.
  • Fish fry for 30 in the auction winner’s home with food from Five Senses and styling from Daffodilly Designs, complete with a home cleaning to get your house ready for the party.
  • Trip to Chicago with airfare, a boutique hotel stay, Museum and Aquarium tickets, and restaurant vouchers.
  • Kendra Scott jewelry including Elle, Harlowe, Elton, and Uno de 50 from Penny’s Closet.
  • Night out in Nashville with dinner at M Street restaurants, a Skyline suite at Kimpton Aerston hotel, and brunch at the Sutler Saloon.

Stay tuned for more information!

Secret Garden Party Sponsors


Presenting Sponsors




Orchid Sponsors


Cindy and Fred Adams
Dr. Susan Andrews and Dr. Randall Rickard






Rose Sponsors


Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bailey
L. Chandrashekar and Kalpana Gowda
Dr. and Mrs. John Dixon
Drs. Sherry and Russ Galloway
The Grove at Williamson Place
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Harmon
Vicki and Nick Lewis
Paula Mansfield
Mikey’s Motors
Judy and Joe Powell
Dr. Liz Rhea
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Swafford
Beth and Mike Ussery
Don and Hanna Witherspoon


Iris Sponsors


Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Barrett
Sydney and Dr. Jim Boerner
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Burgess
Dr. James E. and Beverly Calder
Children’s Dentistry of Murfreesboro
Sarah Beth and Patrick Clark
The Corcoran Family
Farrar | Wright, PLLC
Franklin Synergy Bank
Charlotte Gardner
Debbie and John Harney
Mr. John Hood
Faye and Gary Johnson
Brian, Janet, Alexi and Miles Lee
Tara and Preston MacDougall
Miller Loughry Beach Insurance & Services
Dr. and Mrs. Patel, Dr. and Mrs. Kolli
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Richmond
Ann Elizabeth and Rich Rucker
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Scott
Lori and James Smith
Paul and Suzanne Stampley
Greg and Anna Stewart
Sterling Communications
Bill and Patti Wright