What you need to know

Some of Murfreesboro’s most beautiful backyard gems will be spotlighted on the 30th Discovery Center Secret Garden Tour and Secret Garden Party this weekend.

In honor of the Discovery Center museum’s 35th year, the weekend kicks off with “A Gilded Evening in the Gardens of Versailles” at 7 pm Friday, June 3, at the home of Sharon and Dr. Murali Kolli in Northwoods Cove. There will be a live auction, open bar, music and catering by Five Senses. Cost is $100 per person. Purchase online at explorethedc.org/events/sgp.

Mardi Hull sits in her backyard garden on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at her Riverbend home, with her husband Earl Hull.

The Secret Garden Tour is 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, June 4, and 1-4 pm Sunday, June 5, at four area gardens. Tickets for the tour are $10 per person and can be purchased online at explorethedc.org/events/sgt2022.

Here’s a look at the enchanting gardens on the tour.

A river runs through it

At the edge of the Stones River in the Riverbend subdivision, Mardi and Earl Hull, 2120 Londonderry Drive, have created an enchanting backyard that features beds of foliage, fountains and interesting garden statues.

When the Hulls moved to their Riverbend home, there was very little landscaping and behind their home was a dense woods. Over the years they’ve added to it, including a stone pathway that leads to the river’s edge, where Earl Hull does a bit of angling from time to time.

Masters at Gardening

The Master Gardeners of Rutherford County will give interactive explorations of the demonstration gardens they maintain at Lane Agri-Park in Murfreesboro during the Secret Garden Tour June 4-5, 2022.

The Rutherford Master Gardener Community Garden, Lane-Agri Park, 315 John Rice Blvd.

Members of the Master Gardeners of Rutherford County, an all volunteer organization of UT/TSU Ag Extension, will be on hand at the demonstration gardens. There are multiple areas of interest, including a butterfly garden, compost bins, herb garden, mushroom bed, small fruits, perennials, rain garden and vegetable garden. There is even a vineyard that is managed in partnership with the MTSU Fermentation Sciences Department.

A native habitat

Reggie and Janice Reeves focus on native flowers, grasses and trees at their Murfreesboro home and will open their backyard as part of the Secret Garden Tour.

Janice and Reggie Reeves, 2204 Alydar Run

In a process that has taken 10 years, Master Gardener Reggie Reeves and his wife, Janice Reeves, have transformed what was once a hay field into a tree-dappled lawn.

The Reeves place emphasis on native trees, shrubs and flowers to benefit bees, birds and butterflies. You’ll find witch hazel, a Shoal Creek chaste tree for bees, spice bush and persimmon for swallowtail butterflies, and Red Buckeye for hummingbirds.

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