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Today, pictures from valued commenter Mary G.

The Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar was named for Moses H. Sherman, who among many other business ventures, created the failed Hollywoodland real estate division and put up the Hollywood Sign. He also built the first electric railway in LA, along with establishing the cities of Canoga Park, Van Nuys, and Encino in the San Fernando Valley. In 1914 he hired Arthur Haskell, a desk clerk at the Mission Inn in Riverside, to be his personal secretary.

Sherman passed away in 1932 pretty close to penniless and Haskell took over and restored the Sherman Company’s fortunes. He bought a lot more land in So. California and became very rich. He turned to philanthropy in 1951 and set up a charitable foundation, giving away a bunch of money. He also secretly acquired a complete city block (2.2 acres) in Corona del Mar, which is the southern part of Newport Beach. Once he had it all in 1966, he started to build a library and gardens on it. The work was finally finished in 1974. He named it not after himself, but his mentor Sherman, who had always wanted his name to be perpetuated and taught Haskell everything he knew about business.

It’s right on Pacific Coast Highway, just south of McArthur Blvd., so a bazillion cars a day go by it. Once you’re inside, you can’t hear the traffic noise at all, probably because it’s surrounded by a thick adobe wall. It’s divided up into a number of shade and sun gardens, with a big conservatory, a cafe, the library, and gift shop. Parking is free and admission is $5 for adults. I took two teenagers and should have paid $3 each for them, but the volunteer was so happy to see them she let them in free.

Taken on 2018-06-15

These are beautiful potted hydrangeas right by the entrance in front of the gift shop. It’s really hard to get them to stay this color, or at least it has been for me. The soil has to be very acid.

Taken on 2018-06-15

You can call on your cell phone and listen to a guided tour as shown on this sign.

Taken on 2018-06-15

We were greeted by the resident cat, Julius Caesar, who escorted us around. (Sorry for the somewhat blurry picture, but as you can tell by his moniker, he is a very imperious character.)

Taken on 2018-06-15

There are a number of water features, including this lily pond near the entrance.

Taken on 2018-06-15

This summer they are featuring sand sculptures by local artist Chris Crosson.

This is the main one, about nine feet tall, of a castle in the big central bed surrounded by four beds of gorgeous dahlias and geraniums. The whole effect was spectacular! I like the “Cultivate Your Creative Nature” slogan on it. Behind it you can see the working greenhouse where they grow plants to be put out when the seasons change, or snails attack.

Taken on 2018-06-15

Here are my teen wheelchair/mobility scooter wranglers playing in the sand box the artist left for visitors.


Thank you so much Mary G, do send us more when you can.


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18 replies
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    rikyrah says:

    Love the pictures 😄

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    JPL says:

    Thank you Mary for your pictures, and the hydrangea’s are beautiful.

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    Thanks Mary, now I know who Sherman Way is named for as well as the old rail yard in the western part of West Hollywood.

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    Quinerly says:


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    debbie says:

    Love the hydrangeas! I had no idea they could grow in pots. I wonder if they will carry over to the next year?

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    arrieve says:

    Thanks for sharing, Mary. I love the sand sculpture and the lily pond!

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    Alain the site fixer says:

    Sorry about that sideways pic. I can’t edit on iPad and my pc went into very bad issues last night and I’ve not had the fortitude to start work on it this early. First, dmv then oil change then safety and emissions inspection then hopefully I can get it working early afternoon. Have a great day, all!

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    Lapassionara says:

    These are great. Thanks

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    Mary G says:

    @Alain the site fixer: I kept rotating it, but it insisted on being sideways.

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    KSinMA says:

    Lovely. Thanks!

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    satby says:

    Beautiful Mary G!

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    Waratah says:

    Thank you Mary I love to see gardens like this. All the flowers are lovely and beautiful lily pond.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Lovely, Mary G. Thank you!

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    stinger says:

    Nice pics, interesting history, great teens!

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    Heidi Mom says:

    Great photo of a really handsome cat!

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    MomSense says:

    Really nice photos, Mary G. I do love lily pads.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Love the Sherman Gardens. They have koi, too.

    Thank you, Mary G. Looks like a good day was had by all.

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    J R in WV says:

    Great day out and about!

    Thanks for the info and the pics.

    And that sideways picture?

    It was determined to be 90 degrees off plumb, that’s all there is to that!!! Meant to be the way it is…

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