Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona Del Mar is another one of those places I always wanted to visit while I was a UCI student. I can’t believe it took me this long to pass through the gate of this magical place!
Directions to Sherman Library and Gardens: Exit Interstate 405 at MacArthur Boulevard and take it all the way to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Turn left onto PCH and the gardens are ahead on your right. Park in one of two small lots off Dahlia. (Address: 2647 East Pacific Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar) MAP TO SHERMAN LIBRARY AND GARDENS IN CORONA DEL MAR
- Tranquil spot for kids to explore all the hidden corners of the garden – inspires a spirit of adventure and wonder
- Like every good garden, Sherman gardens has outdoor “rooms” or spaces which feature different plants
- I absolutely loved the succulents and cactus garden which is designed to resemble a coral reef. It’s breathtaking!
- The other highlight is the Discovery Garden where children can smell and touch the plants
- Let the kids lead you to the koi pond and find the turtles outside
- Go on a color walk or have your budding photographer bring his/her camera
- In recent years, they’ve added a whole host of kids programs.
- Look for the Night of 1000 Lights event to happen around the holidays when the garden is transformed into a nighttime wonderland of lights.
- The concrete pelican sculptures caught my eye — look out for other outdoor art in the garden
- 608 Dahlia Cafe is open for lunch during the week and Sunday brunch
- Browse the small garden-inspired gift shop
- We didn’t get to go into the library on our visit, but it is a research library all about the Pacific Southwest
- I would love to return for some quiet alone time or for a lunch date
- This is not the place for children who don’t understand “Don’t Touch” rules. The whole garden is “don’t touch” except for the Discovery Garden where kids are free to smell and touch the textures of the plants.
- I would also feel awkward if my kids were especially loud. We treated it like an outside library. Adults visit gardens to gain peace and be thoughtful. You’ll feel like your kids need to respect the quiet especially in this particular garden.
- It’s bigger than you’d think it is just from driving by, but it’s not an all day outing. I think we spent an hour inside, but we really took our time exploring.
- The garden is NOT designed as a child play place, but children under 3 enter for free (otherwise admission is $5 per person)
- Memberships are available
- Gardens are open 10:30-4:00 daily (Click here for more on the hours of operation)
- Official Sherman Library and Gardens website
- Nearest public library branch: Newport Beach Public Library
Originally published in December 2011.