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Newport Beach Summer Garden Party & Virtual Tour

August 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This event is sold out.  Thank you for your support!

Join us on Saturday, August 26, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for the Summer Garden Party, our premier annual event.

Hosted throughout our 2.2 acres of lush botanical gardens, the Summer Garden Party is a fun-filled, mission-focused evening complete with supper from 608 Dahlia, live music, a silent auction, a raffle, and much more!

Each year, our Summer Garden Party features an exciting silent auction and raffle, including unique pieces of art, trips, and the ever-popular harbor cruise with dinner prepared by our Executive Director, Scott LaFleur.

And you don’t want to miss the spectacular garden party hat contest! Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories. Will you be a contestant or a spectator?

Summer Garden Party highlights include:

  • Garden Party Hat Contest – enter upon arrival
  • Bouquet Bar – select from a variety of blooms to create your own bouquet (two sizes available for purchase)
  • Delicious food from Executive Chef Jessica Roy of 608 Dahlia restaurant
  • No-host wine bar
  • Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • Live music and much, much more!


Individual tickets to attend the Summer Garden Party are $60 for Members and $80 for Non-Members and include entry to the Summer Garden Party. Each guest will also receive a link to view this year’s virtual garden tour featuring the Bayshore home of R.C. and Beverly Cohen. Tickets to view the Garden Tour video (only) are $30. Proceeds support Sherman Library & Gardens’ education programs and classroom enhancements.

Newport Beach Virtual Garden Tour 

Available on May 13, 2023, all supporters of the Summer Garden Party and Virtual Garden Tour ticket purchasers will receive a link to our Virtual Garden Tour which features the exceptional gardens of R.C. and Beverly Cohen. The Bayshore property, once owned by John Wayne, is best described as a “mini botanical garden.” The exquisite landscaping includes an orchid house, a stunning bromeliad collection, and topiary giraffes, all complemented by a collection of Buddha statues acquired through the Cohens’ travels.

The video will make its debut on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2023, and will be available to watch and re-watch at your leisure, from the comfort of your home.