What's Growing in Sherman Library and Gardens
Sherman Library and Gardens, near Newport Beach, California, boasts a collection with more than 1500 plants ranging from exotic vegetation from tropical climates, to rare cacti and succulents from desert regions. There is something for everyone in this gem of a garden, right off Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, California. You might walk or drive right by and not realize what’s behind the lovely green fence. If you have the time, stop and see what’s growing in Sherman Library and Gardens!
Highlights of Sherman Library and Gardens
Sherman Library and Gardens is a local treasure, but includes selections from around the globe. Plants come from tropical regions as well as all five Mediterranean climates. The gardens only take up a city block (much smaller than my recent garden tour of Butchard Gardens) but you would have to travel the world to see all the plants it contains.
Sherman Library and Gardens' Mission Statement
“To provide the public an oasis of inspiration, education and appreciation of regional history, horticulture and the arts.”
Sherman Library and Gardens Mounted Staghorn Fern Displays are Stunning
Locals can take advantage of classes throughout the year where mounting of Staghorn ferns is taught. There are also classes in making Fuchsia baskets, square-foot gardening, watercolor, photography and yoga.
Sherman Gardens and Library has an Impressive Collection of Carnivorous Plants
Special Exhibit: SandScapes
“Where the beach meets the garden, imagination blossoms.” The wonderful “SandScapes” of Cris Crosson, called Mr. Sand Castle, were on display in the central, succulent and rose gardens during my visit to Sherman Library and Gardens. The garden ordered 15 tons of sand for the project. The exhibit runs through September 3, 2018.
The Palm and Succulent Gardens
Rare cacti and succulents fill this garden with plants native to desert regions.
The Tropical Conservatory
The tropical conservatory at Sherman Library and Gardens is home to anthuriums, orchids, bromeliads, ferns and a koi pond.
The Mild Coastal Climate of Sherman Library and Gardens is Ideal for Year-Round Color
Plan Your Trip to Include Lunch at Sherman Library and Gardens
I snuck away to this garden while my family was a few miles up the Pacific Coast Highway at Huntington Beach. My next trip, I’ll bring my daughter and a girlfriend or two for lunch at Cafe Jardin.
The gift shop was lovely, with an interesting selection of garden items. One of the volunteers in the gift shop is a relative of the founders of Butchart Gardens, and I enjoyed visiting with her about those beautiful gardens in Victoria, Canada. My favorite part of the gift shop was the live plants. I didn’t mind riding back home to Arizona with a couple Fuschias and a beautiful succulent sharing a box on my lap in the minivan. Until next time Sherman Gardens, thank you!