Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

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#4 of 13 in Parks in Newport Beach
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The Sherman Library and Gardens (2.2 acres) are botanical gardens located at 2647 East Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, California. They are open to the public every day but major holidays; an admission fee is charged most days.

Today's garden began in 1955 when Arnold D. Haskell (1895–1977) bought the Norman's Nursery property. Mr. Haskell named the Library and Gardens after his mentor and benefactor, M. H. Sherman (1853–1932).

The gardens include patios and conservatories, seasonal flower beds, and fountains. Collections range from desert plants to tropical vegetation. The Cactus and Succulent Garden includes a California pepper tree. A tropical conservatory features orchids, heliconias, and gingers. The Rose Garden features roses, the Fern Grotto exhibits mature staghorn ferns, the Japanese Garden includes a bo tree, and the Herb Garden shows a variety of herbs, including chocolate and orange-mint, tri-color and society garlic.
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  • Wonderful little oasis during this time, safe physical distancing enforced. Felt safe during our garden stroll and at the Cafe. Great activity to add to a covid staycation.  more »
  • I absolutely love the dahlia garden. Their succulent wall is unbelievable. If you enjoy gardening or nature in general you must visit the Sherman Library.  more »
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  • A lovely place to take a lady for a first lunch date. How about a cup of tea... Its quite a romantic setting. Sherman Gardens, Cafe & Library is beautiful. Historic & unusual. The gardens are fabulous. Any plant lover will love this place for its variety & multitude of flowers, plants, trees, hanging baskets. Climbing plants, wall hugging flowers. Quaint walkways & ambient setting. Its a secret garden in the middle of all the hustle & bustle of this busy area. It's blooming lovely!! ENTRANCE is FREE; On the FIRST MONDAY of the month and MEMORIAL DAY. There is a large car park behind the Sherman Gardens where you can park & make your entrance.
  • This place is absolutely wonderful, the staff are friendly and helpful and for the nominal fee of $5 you can spend the afternoon in this glorious interactive garden! Each ares has its own unique object or activity to experience, you are welcomed to touch and feel the plants in the sensory garden, lounge in a hammock along the path, take a swing on the most fabulous of swings. Start or end your visit by stopping in at the cafe, great food and great service can be found here.... Did mention they have a GIGANTIC beach chair?? Totally awesome photo ops!!

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