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. The summer, the secret garden tour returns on June 17-19 with approximately 12-14 stunning private gardens throughout historic Newport. In case you're not familiar with the annual event, you can find more details here


If you're yearning to acquire a free ticket to gain access to all the beauty and splendor of this year's featured gardens, we have the inside scoop on how to do it: Step 1. Sit in a garden. 


That's it. That's all you have to do. 


The Newport Secret Garden Tour is looking for volunteers for the upcoming June Tours which will take place in the city’s historic Point Section on June 17-19 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. 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?  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have questions, email:


Two host/hostesses are typically assigned to each garden for a three to four hour shift. 


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.