KENNEWICK, Wash.- The crazy weekend weather didn't put a damper on the garden goers excursions. They had the chance to take in the beautiful displays of the Academy of Children's Theatre's 15th annual Secret Garden Tour.
"It's all about celebrating beauty and appreciating enjoyment and supporting the arts in our local community," said Adele Connors of ACT.
Beautiful tea sets and plate settings color coordinated with the floral surroundings offered pit stops in the shade during the secret garden tour. All of the profits from tickets sold and the raffle drawings go to the Academy of Children's Theatre.
"We added the elements of entertainment and garden presentations this year that went over very well," said Connors.
This year for the first time local artists were incorporated in the tour. Painters and musicians were stationed in the gardens putting their work on display.
"I've always been helping the community and I felt like we should share the garden to the community," explained Josie Wannarachue, one of the garden owners. She said she loved getting the opportunity to invite artists and patrons of art into her back yard.
"Me and my husband love the art, music and of course the garden."
The ACT will take the money they raise and put it towards programs that help over 6,000 kids participate in the arts. They estimate to raise at least $5,000 from the weekend tours.
"Turns out this community is very ready to come out and support us so we're very grateful," said Connors.
The funds collected will also go towards classes that help at risk kids and even autistic children get active in theatre.