Join the Benefactors of the Arts on September 9th, 10th or 11th for self-guided tours of some of the most beautiful, prestigious gardens and properties in historic Newport, RI.

The Secret Garden Tours will feature nine gorgeous gardens that are dotted On & Off Bellevue Avenue, Historic Hill and the Kay/Catherine neighborhoods.

These private gardens are shared with the community to help raise funds for the Arts Education programs in the Island’s public schools. The tour runs daily, 10 am until 5 pm, and tickets are good for any or all days of the tour, allowing for inclement weather, schedule conflicts, or just a late start.

Discounted tickets for the 2016 September Tours are still available and may be purchased in advance online for a discounted rate of $20. Group rates are also available for four or more persons. Email us at info@secretgardentours.org for more details. Tickets may also be purchased using cash or check at Kingscote, 253 Bellevue Avenue for $25 on the day of the tour.

For more information on the Secret Garden Tours, visit www.secretgardentours.org.

Annually since 1984, the organizers and supporters of The Secret Garden Tour have been dedicated to enhancing art education and cultural programs in Aquidneck Island’s Public Schools, funding dozens of programs in music, theater and fine arts for local schoolchildren. To date, The Secret Garden Tours have given more than $1 million to Aquidneck Island students in public schools for art, music, theater and other cultural programming. For additional information, be sure to visit the website.

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