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Discover ~ The Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat. The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains. The Library is a specialized research center devoted to the study of the Pacific Southwest.

We're located in the Corona del Mar Village at:
2647 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

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We currently have over 150 hard-working, dedicated volunteers that help wherever needed, donating thousands of hours annually tending baskets and flower beds, and working in the greenhouse and Garden Shop.

The Docent Guild of Sherman Library & Gardens was founded in 1980. Over time, the group has grown to 60 full-time members. The primary function of the Docent Guild is to provide educational tours of the Gardens.

Our History

In 1955 Arnold D. Haskell (1895-1977) bought the Norman's Nursery property at the corner of Dahlia Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, California. The property included a small adobe house that he planned to use as his Orange County office. Shortly after occupying the adobe Mr. Haskell began landscaping the nursery site and the surrounding property.

By 1958 the nursery area, now known as The Tea Garden, was being used as a community service project by the Newport Harbor Service League (later to become the Junior League of Orange County) for the sale of pastries, coffee and tea.

Mr. Haskell's concept for the property was then expanded to include the building of a beautiful garden that would be open to the public. It was to be a serene oasis - a respite from the stress and pressures of daily schedules.

During the 1960s the balance of the property making up the entire 2.2-acre block, which is now occupied by Sherman Library & Gardens, was acquired. Remodeling of the original buildings, consisting of the present gift shop, Gardens office and the adobe house, and construction of the Library, conservatory and central patio building were all completed between 1967 and 1974.

Typically (for he always shunned personal publicity) Mr. Haskell named the Library & Gardens after his mentor and benefactor, M.H. Sherman (1853-1932), and not after himself.

We offer a wide range of programs and classes for the community. Below are a couple of upcoming events and education programs.

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