Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

Categories: Gardens, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Sherman Library & Gardens was founded in 1966 by Arnold D. Haskell and named in memory of Moses H. Sherman, educator and California pioneer.

Sherman Library & Gardens provides a museum of living plants, displayed in an attractive setting of fountains, sculpture and well-tended shrubs and lawns. Large flower beds and numerous hanging baskets radiate seasonal color and accent the Early California architectural theme of the surrounding buildings.

The Library maintains a small exhibit room displaying items of historical interest. Within the Library itself hangs a modest collection of California impressionist paintings
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  • Sherman Library, Gardens, and restaurant is a stunning garden to steoll through. The restaurant serves good dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Check out the gift shop too! 
  • The first time we visited this garden we purchased an annual pass. We've returned to take advantage of the holiday decorations and various themes the garden prepares. There is a very good cafe and a s...  read more »
  • I'd driven by here several times on visits and finally had the opportunity to stop. It's worth the stop! Beautiful plantings in a quiet setting. Hummingbirds, turtles, cacti as tall as trees. Nice, qu...  read more »
  • The garden is not big but well worth for an afternoon stay in any season, b'cause you find yourself in peace and relaxation, the garden so quiet and colorful. Everything of the garden are artistically arranged and landscaped. Another highlight is the 4-course brunch, which is served right beside the garden courtyard, in a slow French rhythm of two and a half hours. The tea-time garden is also a lovely piece of cake, I could even hear the honey bees singing when I was laying myself back in the comfortable outdoor coach. Wish they open for longer hours in the late afternoon, it must be beautiful to see sunset flashing across the bush and roses.
  • I planned on a day enjoying the garden and some food. Admission is $5 but parking is free (be sure to park in the free lots provided or the 1 hour limit is strictly enforced). There aren't signs so look for the gift shop as it is next to it. The guy who took my order was helpful and patient as I made my selection and then brought my food out to me. I ordered the chicken, mushroom, and cheese crepe and a lemonade. The crepe came with a carrot coleslaw with some good seasoning! It was a nice view as I enjoyed my meal. I will definitely return in the spring when more flowers are blooming!
  • My lovely wife brought me here and I was taken aback how beautiful it was. It is a small place but every inch of this botanical is worth each step. Spend an afternoon here and then take in a meal at one of the excellent restaurant in CDM.
  • Very well run and an excellent spot to escape. Brunch was great as well. The gardens had a lot to see and I highly recommend it.
  • It's a small yet enchanted place. It's been a few years since I came here so the circumstances are a bit fuzzy but the many photos I took show how amazing this place is. It's definitely not large, yet every inch is perfectly manicured and carefully landscaped. This and the tea room inside the gardens make it a must-see point.
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