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Sherman Library & Gardens Photo, Corona del Mar Attraction

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Sherman Gardens is a nonprofit garden and library spanning one city block in Corona del Mar.  The garden contains over one thousand species and two hundred genera of rare cacti, succulents and exotic vegetation. Many of the plant specimens are labeled by origin, generic family and common names with plant directories available for those who wish to study the plants in depth. 


This special place was created in 1966 with the gardens named in memory of educator and California pioneer, Moses H. Sherman, who lived from 1853 to 1932. Principal founder Arnold D. Haskell established the Library and Gardens to furnish the community with an educational and cultural center.  Programs include lectures on horticulture and arts, group tours led by volunteers and docents, and something very special, the Discovery Garden. Blind and wheelchair visitors find easy access and enjoy plants chosen not for appearance, but for appeal to the senses of smell and touch. The general public loves this section of the Garden, as well.


Wander the grounds to enjoy several fountains and an indoor koi pond with colorful fish.  There's also an historical research center devoted to the study of the Pacific Southwest with emphasis on transformation of the region over the past 100 years. Included are over 15,000 books and pamphlets, a sizable collection of maps and photographs, more than 2,000 reels of microfilm and about 200,000 papers and documents.


A small donation of several dollars is requested as you enter the garden gate but don't hesitate to pay the modest price for something you will appreciate. There is a gift shop with hundreds of floral themed gifts such as cards, placemats, aprons and cottage plates similar to those sold on nearby Balboa Island. A meeting room and the gardens are available for special events such as weddings and receptions.



Open 7 days/week    10:30 am to 4:00 pm


949- 673-1880

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Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 949-673-0920 (949) 673-1880


2647 East Pacific Coast Highway  Corona del Mar, CA  92625 

* Hours subject to change. Please call before going.