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Some of Murfreesboro’s most beautiful backyard gems will take the spotlight this weekend at the 30th Discovery Center Secret Garden Tour and Secret Garden Party.

In honor of the Discovery Center Museum’s 35th anniversary, the weekend begins with “A Golden Evening in the Gardens of Versailles” on Friday, June 3 at 7pm 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. The cost is $100 per person. Buy online at explorethedc.org/events/sgp.

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

The Secret Garden Tour will be held at four area gardens on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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 flows through it

On the edge of the Stones River in the Riverbend subdivision, Mardi and Earl Hull, 2120 Londonderry Drive, have created a charming backyard with leafy beds, fountains and interesting garden statues.

When the Hulls moved into their home in Riverbend, there was very little landscaping and behind their home was a dense forest. Over the years they have expanded it including a stone path leading to the banks of the river where Earl Hull does a bit of fishing from time to time.

master gardener

The Master Gardeners of Rutherford County will provide interactive explorations of their demonstration gardens 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 the UT/TSU Ag Extension, will be on site at the demonstration gardens. There are several areas of interest including a butterfly garden, compost bins, an herb garden, a mushroom patch, small fruits, perennials, a rain garden and a vegetable garden. There’s even a vineyard managed in partnership with MTSU’s Department of Fermentation Science.

A native habitat

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

Janice and Reggie Reeves, 2204 Alydar Run

In a process that took 10 years, master gardener Reggie Reeves and his wife Janice Reeves transformed what was once a hayfield into a tree-dotted lawn.

The Reeves value native trees, shrubs and flowers for the benefit of 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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