The Giving Tree in Corona Del Mar, CA

As I was making my way down to Newport Beach for the kickoff of my new Oceans Eighteen social art project I stopped by Corona Del Mar to check out a cool garden spot I've read about online. PS - my mom is an amazing floral designer so whenever I see flowers, plants, and especially gardens I always think of her! 

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To get in to the Sherman Library & Gardens there's a small sign that says it's $5 for admission. I dropped my money into the acrylic box with a wooden frame and happily entered the garden.  

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After reading the reviews on yelp and hearing it was a small space I was expecting a few small sections but this horticultural retreat is a sizable 2.2 acres! Upon walking in you immediately see that there's patios, brick walkways, and a variety of plant life from desert regions as well as some exotic vegetation. 

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The Sherman Library & Gardens entryway! Isn't it cheerful and bright? Anyone know what these awesome orange plants / flowers are?

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No shortage of succulent plants here...like seriously, they're everywhere. Hanging, planted, giant cacti, they have it all. There's a lot more on their Instagram account: @theshermangardens.

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Never seen this shape of succulent before. I always try to take photos of the things that really stand out and catch my eye. The colors and the obscure shape were really cool - especially the abstract pattern from the green one...parts of it almost look like a fishtail braid. 

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Another lovely photo of the succulent patio with the sun hitting just right on this flaming red plant.

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Took a little walk over to the exotics section where there's entire walls of different types of orchids. Not all of them were blooming but this little pink one probably heard I was coming and was putting on a show. But I took this photo so I could share it with my friend and Hermosa Beach, CA local @boelterdesignco. Phillip is an amazing artist...he draws everything and has the best time lapse videos. Sharing this orchid for some more floral inspiration! 

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All of the succulents! It's like Jungalow central here...PS - are you following @thejungalow on Instagram? Her account is full of delightful green plants and yes, lots of succulents. Get your daily inspiration!

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Finally...the part that was so, so fun for me...the giving tree. This was a giant tree close to the main entrance that displayed notes of holiday wishes. Again, I tried to find the ones that stood out the most to me. Some were too heartbreaking to post so in the spirit of lightheartedness and cheer...here we go.

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Totes agree, Wade T. I think most of us can agree that there were a lot of crappy things happening in 2016. Let's hope 2017 is an awesome year that we can really celebrate!

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I don't know you Bryce...but I kind of would like to. Hahaha. There might be a few more people as well. 

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Classic wish! I think everyone can get behind wanting good health for all friends and family in 2017. Yay.

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Probably one of the most unique wishes I've seen ever. But you never know when someone just misses having a good salad. I mean, we live in California. Duh.

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Awww. There's someone out there for you. For sure. Just be patient.

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Yes, who wouldn't want their SO to come home for the holidays! Togetherness is the best.

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Another unique request of "I want to sea a pink fluff unicorn dancing on a rainbow!!!!!!!!!!!". Sure, Hazel, let's work on this one.

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Africa is pretty cool. Can't argue with that. Sweet elephant, bruh.

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Horses, sure. Unicorns? Might be a tall order. Dream big little one, dream big.

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Last but not least...and by far my favorite. Get puppies. 

PS - If you want to read more about why I was down in Newport Beach, CA and what my new Oceans Eighteen project is, click here. It's super cool, promise!

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