Imagine yourself sitting in a very stunning colorful garden with a variety of trees and flowers, the sun shining down, a cool breeze grazing your face, and the sound of birds happily chirping away.  Sounds delightful, right? 

The Newport Secret Garden Tour is looking for 10 more volunteers for the upcoming SOLD OUT July Tours which will take place in the city’s historic Point Section on July 9-11 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  These beautiful gardens, genuine labors of love that are primarily maintained by the owners, are shared with the community to help raise funds for the arts education programs in the Island’s public schools.  The tour will be operated in accordance with appropriate COVID safety guidelines.  As a thank you for volunteering, you will receive a free ticket for the tour that is valid all weekend long to visit the 12-14 lovely gardens on the tour.  And who doesn’t love free tickets? 

Generally, two host/hostesses are assigned per garden, for each 3 to 4 hour shift.   Morning and afternoon shifts are available.  Volunteer with a friend and make a day of it.  We have already filled our volunteer slots for Friday, July 9 and are looking for 10 additional volunteers for both morning and afternoon shifts on Sunday, July 11.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have questions, please email: volunteer@secretgardentours.org with your preferred date and shift time.

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 Tour has given more than $1 million to these programs. 

In Spring 2014, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Newport, Rhode Island “one of the best walking cities in the U.S.” and specifically named the spring Secret Garden Tour through the city’s historic Point section as one of the highlights.  This year’s garden tour has been moved to July to showcase the spectacular gardens on the tour when they are at their peak.  Gardens that have been perennial favorites on the tour will look very different to past visitors with spectacular seasonal flora in bloom including a huge variety of hydrangeas and daylilies.

For additional information, be sure to visit the website: www.secretgardentours.org

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).