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ACT offers tours of 6 gardens

A Hobbit house, a riot of colorful roses and water features are some of the highlights of the Academy of Children's Theatre Secret Garden Tour on June 14-15.

The six gardens on the tour range from small cottage-type gardens to a lovely open space overlooking Badger Canyon.

"Whether you just like gardens or are looking for ideas, you're sure to enjoy this year's tour," said Linda Hoffman, executive director of ACT in Richland.

A garden tour might seem like an unusual way for a theater group to raise money until you talk to Hoffman.

Ten years ago "when we first knew we needed to do a fundraiser we looked to offer a beautiful, artistic and unique event that would give something to the community," she said.

"The garden tour seemed like a perfect fundraising idea," Hoffman said.

The gardens are scattered through Kennewick and Richland. You can view them in any order, even tour some one day, the rest the next. The tickets are good for only one visit per garden.

The garden tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $12 each and include a map to make finding the gardens easy. Purchase tickets at Buds and Blossoms in the Uptown Richland Shopping Center, at River House on The Parkway and Nest Feathers on Gage Boulevard, all in Richland.

The Secret Garden Tour is the major fundraiser each year for the Academy of Children's Theatre and all of the proceeds go toward the group's arts education program which includes classes, workshops and camps for children age 18 months through high school.

For more information on the tour or ACT, call the academy's office from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, 943-6027. Or go to www.academyofchildrenstheatre.org.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com.

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