From I-405 or State 55, take State 73 south to MacArthur Blvd. south; turn left on San Joaquin Hills Rd. 2301 San Joaquin Hills; rogersgardens.com
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Why go no in spring: Bold botanical displays and a nursery stocked for spring are at the heart of this Newport Beach neighborhood’s best attractions.
Local mascots: Dolphin-shaped topiaries on Coast Highway medians.
Stop and smell the roses: Roger’s Gardens (pictured) has the biggest selection of roses in Southern California―more than 250 varieties.
Design your own bouquet: At Blooms cut-flowers kiosk (3601 E. Coast Hwy.; 949/673-6964).
Coolest spot for succulents: The Cactus and Succulent Garden at Sherman Library & Gardens ($3; 2647 E. Coast Hwy.; 949/673-2261).
Fave Sunday brunch in a garden: Champagne brunch at Café Jardin ($35; Sun-only brunch begins Apr 5; in Sherman Gardens; 949/263-9400).
Eat your greens: Shop at the Corona del Mar Certified Farmers Market (9–1 Sat; Marguerite Ave. at E. Coast Hwy.; 949/361-0735).
Best botanical street names: Acacia, Dahlia, and Goldenrod (the prettiest walk to the beach, with a geranium covered pedestrian bridge).
GARDEN FEVER AND BEYOND