Helping Kids Play. Learn. Create. Grow. Bloom.
The mission of Kiki’s Garden is to Seed Good Deeds in memory of Krista Weller Burns by funding scholarships, enrichment programs and initiatives that support the growth and well-being of youth in our community, providing them the opportunity to develop their potential and pursue their dreams.
Kiki’s Garden emulates Krista’s belief that we can cultivate joy in this world by helping and inspiring others. We envision a world where all children are given opportunities for creative self expression and personal growth. Every child is a seed of unlimited potential deserving the chance to explore, discover and connect to themselves and their world. Inspired and encouraged, these children will “bloom” and go on to seed their own good deeds. Cultivating joy in even one child’s life will resonate to create a better world.
How We Help
Kiki’s Garden funds three scholarship opportunities: The Aspire Higher Art Scholarships for Budding Artists, The Aspire Higher Achievement Awards at Exeter Job Corps Academy, and The Kids to Camp Awards. Click here to learn about the awards and how to apply.
Kiki’s Garden provides support to on-going programs in our RI community that provide opportunities for creative fun. We also create our own pop-up programs and events to bring joy-filled activities to children and their families. Click here to learn more about our programs past and present.
There are times when Kiki’s Garden learns about a need in our community, especially a need that was dear to Krista’s heart. We love lending a helping hand to individuals and organizations working to Seed Good Deeds that improve the quality of life for all. Click to learn about some of our initiatives past and present. Click here to learn more about our current initiatives.
Krista Weller Burns
Our Krista (Kiki), a most wonderful daughter, sister, wife and friend inspired us to create Kiki’s Garden when she asked to be remembered for how she lived and not for the immense challenge that finally stole her life. Her gift to us amidst all the pain and sorrow at her passing was our awakening to the infinite power of love and we were compelled to create a legacy to honor her passion for life and her belief that she could help create a better world.
In her short but abundant life, Krista generously planted and cultivated seeds of love. She lived with grace, intelligence and passion. She was bold and sassy, yet genuine, kind and forgiving. She loved life and all manner of people. While she pursued her own passions, she also expended her energy for the benefit of others inspiring and encouraging them to follow their dreams and never give up.
To those who loved her, she was like a big, bold, beautiful sunflower abundant with seeds of potential to give and share. Kiki’s Garden will be her living memorial spreading sunshine to help kids…
Seeding Good Deeds News
- Kiki’s Garden Awarded: Hero AwardHomeSmart's Jeff and Evelyn Weller are congratulated by Dean deTonnancourt after receiving the REALTOR® Hero award at the recent Kent Washington Association of REALTORS (KWAOR) event.
- Imaginorium Summer InitiativeWe loved our visit to The Imaginorium Summer Camp! Kiki's Garden is thrilled to have provided camp scholarships to 6 happy campers so they could attend this imaginative and well run summer creative experience. Congratulations to Ian and Star, two of the scholarship recipients pictured here… All the kids were so well behaved and respectful … Read more
- 2019 Aspire Higher ScholarsWe would like to congratulate the following 2019 Aspire Higher Scholars! Eight scholarships were awarded to Rhode Island graduating seniors this year. We wish them a life full of many successes as they move on to their next chapter. This years applicants came from a variety or high schools from around the state. Alyssa … Read more
Sunflowers for Scholars Fundraiser
In memory of our beautiful Krista, our labor of love is growing sunflowers, her favorite flower. The Sunflowers for Scholars Fundraiser takes place from July through Labor Day at the Kiki’s Garden Farm. All proceeds raised go directly towards supporting our Aspire Higher Scholarships, and youth enrichment programs.