It’s no secret that The Secret Garden Tour by the Benefactors of the Arts does huge things for public schools on Aquidneck Island. Since 1984, the group has raised more than $1 million school for school art, music, theater and other cultural programs. June’s tour was another success, and in case you missed it, there’s another coming soon: “On and Off the Avenue” is on tap for Sept. 9-11, featuring about a dozen gardens on and off Bellevue Avenue, as well as on Historic Hill and the Kay/Catherine neighborhoods, all in Newport.
Tickets are now available at www.secretgardentours.org for the tours that run daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are good for any or all days of the tours. Tickets are $25 each the day of the tours, but can be bought online for $20. Group rates for four or more people are also available. Volunteers are also needed; for information, write firstname.lastname@example.org.