Newport Beach VIRTUAL Garden Tour & Summer Garden Party

25th Newport Beach
VIRTUAL Garden Tour

The 25th Annual (Virtual) Newport Beach Garden Tour , hosted by Sherman Library & Gardens’ Volunteer Association, is now available for viewing.  This year’s tour will take you on a journey through Southern California.  The tour starts in Beverly Hills, with a Japanese garden, stunning views of Los Angeles, an orchid house, and a small orchard.  Next is Pasadena, with two turn of the century, California Craftsman style homes and gardens.  One is registered in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens.  Down the coast, we stop in Newport Beach at a stunning, urban park-like garden.  Further south on pacific Coast Highway, we visit a whimsical 1923 historic home on the beach called the Ark House.  Finally, we land in a tropical paradise in San Clemente that has two fire pits, a stunning pool, and koi pond.

This year’s tour has so much to offer we couldn’t fit it into one video.  We plan to include a bonus video, to be released on June 20th, of the Thornton Gardens  located in San Marino.  This private 9-acre estate has already been given to the National Historic Trust in partnership with The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.  We have been granted exclusive access and we are thrilled to interview Geneva Thornton,  The current owners, Chuck & Geneva Thornton, have restored the 1927 Tudor style home designed by Myron Hunt, as well as the 9 acres of gardens associated with the home.

On August 1st we will release the last of the Garden Tour videos.  You can look forward to a creative and slightly humorous tour of Sherman Library & Gardens starring the staff!  A celebration of our Southern California lifestyle and the Library & Gardens we all love.     

Tickets for the Virtual Garden Tour Only: 

$20 Member / $30 Non-Member

Summer Garden Party

25th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour fun continues with a Summer Garden Party taking place on Saturday, August 28th at Sherman Gardens from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  While world events turned the Garden Tour virtual again this year, some things just need to be celebrated in person.

The Summer Garden Party gives us a chance to wear our favorite garden party ensembles and enjoy the more social aspects of the Garden Tour.  The party will take place with creative and cautious physical distancing practices in place throughout the Gardens.

The Summer Garden Party will feature:

  • Garden Party Hat Contest – enter upon arrival
  • Bouquet Bar – select from a variety of blooms to create your own bouquet to take home
  • Artists throughout the garden, painting and selling their art
  • Handmade summer crafts from Sherman Gardens’ Sowers Group
  • Raffle with items generously donated from local merchants and restaurants
  • Silent Auction
  • Delicious food from Sun Dried Tomato Bistro
  • No-host wine bar
  • Live music
  • And much, much more!


Tickets to the Summer Garden Party and Virtual Garden Tour

$50 Members / $60 Non-Members

Thank you to our Amazing Sponsors


Sherman Sponsor

Kay Azuma & Robert Chavez

William Corkett

Amy & Gary Uyemura

Orchid Sponsor

Karen & Jim Jacoby

Palm Sponsor

Barbara Belveal

Nancy Chase

Gail Dufour

Hank & Diane Elder

Mike & Marilyn Elmer

Patricia Hathaway

Marilyn McIntyre

Hon. Will O’Neill

Nancy & Gary Pickett

Marsha Simmons

Foxglove Sponsor

Sydney L. Balalis
Judy & Dan Daniels
Katherine Edwards
Lynn April & Gene Hartline

Dr. Richard & Johann Jonas
Elizabeth Olson
Del Thomas

Hydrangea Sponsor

Donna Arnold
Chris Blank & Josie Badeaux
Diane & Dick Cannon

John & Diane Cleverdon
Philip & Marla Corkhill 
Kim & Dick Crawford
Kathy Dahlquist
Susan & Kevin Daly
Peggie Fariss
Jan Ferons
Zemula Fleming
Heidi Hall & Steven Guzman
Bill & Becky Halladay

Kevin P. Hanley
 Wendy Isbell
Andrew J. Jacobs

Mariann & Bob Keenan
Ginny Lombardi

Mr. & Mrs. Kelly McClellan
Patricia McLaughlin
Beth Mersch & Jack Rafter
 Jan Metzger
Robert & Christine Moore
 Karen Noonan
Joan L. Rowland
C. O’Donohue & W. Farone
Linda Overby
Dorothy Salovesh
Mary Smith
Nancy & James Turner
Linda Wilson

Tulip Sponsor

Pam Allen


Eleanor Barbour

Patti Bass

Janice Billings

Susan Bouley 

Cheryl Carlson

Denise B. Chilcote

Nancy Jane Claxton

Kurt & Dana Dietel

Debi Doolittle-Campbell

Leslie Feibleman

Jo Fleischer

Alison Goldenberg

Wendy Grande

Sharon Henwood

Carroll Hochschild

Pam Howard

Sterling Kehrli

Sheila Koff

Inouye Family Trust

Catherine Lam

Lorraine Levin

Marlyn Marshburn

Britton & Mary McConnell

Carol Morris

Carolyn Muzyka

Diane Pennica

Laura Perry

 Phil & Liz Reynolds

Sandy Sewell

Terry Smitson

Surfside Sports

Merrie Vaughn Stroscher

Barbara Thibault

Lakshmi Voelker & Bruce Binder





Red-White Valve Corporation


The Strelow Family

Bouquet Bar

The Strelow Family


Zemula Fleming
The File Group

Hat Contest

Kent Snyder

Artist in the Gardens

Terry Bridges
Chet & Amy Harrison
Linda & Robert Knoth
Rosemarie Kuhn
The Strelow Family
The Strelow Family
Frances Tassin