Sherman Library & Gardens

Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar: Hours, Address, Sherman Library & Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Sherman Library & Gardens
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Gardens
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Horticultural retreat that features a museum of living plants, walking paths, bubbling tile fountains and a library devoted to the study of the Pacific Southwest.
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Happy 1 from OC
Placentia, CA7 contributions
Sherman Library & Gardens, Cultivar Restaurant
We enjoyed our visit to Sherman Gardens which includes a large variety of beautiful flowers and unusual trees and plants. The garden has a theme of being house with separate areas such as a parlor, a study, a music chamber, a solarium, etc. Plant covered furniture was a fun play on this theme. It only has a $5 admission price and has accessible grounds.
The Cultivar restaurant just opened this week and features the creations of Chef Jessica Roy. We had a nice relaxing lunch with fantastic views of the gardens. I had the crab cake special and my husband had the Shermie Seasonal Salad with added Salmon. The flavor combinations were delicious. We paired this with a bottle of the Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier which complemented our meals.
We highly recommend going to Cultivar at the Sherman Library and Gardens.
Written July 24, 2021
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Staidthere
Jakarta, Indonesia2,546 contributions
The price of adult admission is only $5, and we feel it is well worth it. The gardens are beautifully laid out and carefully tended. We estimated that we would be there for about twenty minutes, but we looked at the gardens for about an hour. We especially enjoyed the varieties and layout of the cactus plants. We considered the Christmas decorations an added plus. The gift shop sells Japanese ukiyo-e and impressionist painting note cards that are expensive but absolutely beautiful..
Written January 19, 2020
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MeganTobin
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Family
We visited in June 2021 for a family wedding (I was a bridesmaid for my brother) with young children and we had a fantastic time! The venue is beautiful and perfect for photos. The sound system needs some work for the ceremony + microphone for the officiate. Staff were very pleasant to work with. After the gardens closed to the public, my three young kids enjoyed running through the gardens, never being reprimanded by anyone. During the reception, we felt very welcome by all, especially the bartender. What a great experience and I hope this review helps!
Written June 14, 2021
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Becky L
Sullivan, IL199 contributions
This is a beautiful place that is fairly handicapped accessible. The volunteer at the entrance was kind and took our photo. The flowers are exquisite, and the path was pretty good for a wheelchair (although I was using it like a walker while we were there). The only reason I am not rating it excellent, is that the person at the front gate would not allow us into the gift shop. The entrance at the back had steps, and I needed to use an accessible one - by the entrance. The person said they were closing in 10 minutes and would not let us in the gift shop. I understand wanting to go home on time, and we would have watched our time. However, being denied access was upsetting. I hope they work on this. I wanted to buy the cookbook written by their volunteers, but it was not meant to be.
Written March 17, 2022
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Buzzard100
Santa Cruz, CA234 contributions
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This is a find in the midst of urban sprawl, strip malls and LA regional traffic. It is a horticultural oasis and a hidden gem! The gardens are lovely and while we did not eat at the restaurant, it has excellent reviews and outside-seating.

The library focuses on the history of the Pacific Southwest and has an amazing collection of historical City Directories. The collection of art is small but interesting.

This garden and library is named after the founder, Arnold Haskell’s benefactor, M. H. Sherman the founder of the Los Angeles Railway System and namesake of Sherman Oaks. A charming piece of history and garden beauty. I highly recommend.
Written February 17, 2020
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Robin Ray Writer
Stanton, CA53 contributions
We we taking a drive in Corona Del Mar and we parked next to this Library. Out of curiosity we walked to the front to go in and saw some beautiful plants. I was hooked I wanted to see more . so we paid the 5 dollars they wanted as a donation. It was really worth it, like a museum of plants. So nicely cared for and nicely displayed. They even have some carnivorous plants inside.
Written June 11, 2021
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Diane W
Mission Viejo, CA13 contributions
Friends
We visited Sherman Gardens yesterday to take friends visiting from out of town and celebrate a birthday . Firstly we toured the gardens that were gorgeous and loved all the interesting photo spots . lunch at Cultivar was exceptional , all 5 of us had different dishes and every one looked and tasted delicious . Chef Jessica came out and chatted to us and was an absolute delight Can’t wait to go back and sample another of her beautiful creations !
Written August 23, 2021
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walshmkc
Chicago, IL12 contributions
I traveled across the country to be in a wedding at this venue and would do it again in a heartbeat. All of the guests commented that it was the best wedding anyone had ever attended. Not only was the setting stunning, but the staff –- both those who helped behind the scenes and those all the guests interacted with -- were cool, calm, and collected and so very kind and helpful to the bride and groom to pull off their wedding. We were able to wander the grounds before and after the ceremony and I loved how we kept stumbling upon little hidden gems. The size of the grounds is deceiving from the street. Definitely worth making the trip, whether you are driving through Corona del Mar, or looking for the most unforgettable venue to exchange wedding vows.
Written June 15, 2021
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So_Cal_Illini_81
Pasadena, CA295 contributions
It’s a pretty small garden. If you walk slow you can see everything in 30-40 minutes. We enjoyed waking through. It still had the Christmas decorations up and my wife loved the swing. It’s only $5 each and us worth a stop.
Written January 19, 2020
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ChrisBlank_FNS
Costa Mesa, California, United States65 contributions
Top to bottom, Sherman Library & Gardens delivered for our wedding. Fantastic service, great food, helpful with set-up and breakdown. One of the prettiest locations in Southern California. Feels very private and removed from the hubbub.
Written September 28, 2021
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