Newport Beach Summer Garden Party & Virtual Tour
Event Tickets

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. 

Special thanks to:  

Sponsorship and Underwriting Opportunities

Sponsorship and Underwriting of the Newport Beach Summer Garden Party support Sherman Library & Gardens education programs and classroom enhancements.  From flower arranging and botanical watercolor painting to elementary school field trips and group tours, our education programs provide an opportunity for learners of all ages to discover and engage with horticulture, history, and the arts. Every Friday, we host the Little Seedlings Story Time for preschool children and their caregivers.  Our children's education programs are designed to help children develop a lifetime appreciation for nature.

Please review the following sponsorship and underwriting levels and consider making a personal or corporate tax-deductible contribution today. 

There is much excitement ahead, and we look forward to seeing you on August 26, 2023.