Impact Stories

The Sherman Library & Gardens is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to learn, grow, and connect with nature. The impact that the library and gardens have on the community is evident in the stories shared by people who have visited or volunteered with us.

Read the stories about how the library and gardens have made a difference in people’s lives. From people finding a welcoming space at the library, to seniors finding a new sense of purpose and community through volunteering at the gardens. These stories are a testament to the commitment of Sherman Library and Gardens to enrich the lives of everyone who comes into contact with it.

Bob Beckmann, Docent, smiling at the Sherman Library & Gardens

Bob Beckmann

Docent

“My wife & I moved to Southern California in 1972 from Texas and we would visit Sherman L & G as part of our “beach town” explorations.

After our sons were born, we would take them to the Garden to see the Koi fish, turtles and beautiful plants. 

Our live got busy and our trips to the Garden infrequent, but in 2006 I took the Master Gardener classes and a fellow student recommended SL&G as a great place to volunteer. 

I joined the Sherman Docent Guild and have had many wonderful experiences meeting a variety of people, young and old, and sharing my love of the garden with them.” 

Bob Beckmann

Docent

Bob Beckmann, Docent, smiling at the Sherman Library & Gardens

“My wife & I moved to Southern California in 1972 from Texas and we would visit Sherman L & G as part of our “beach town” explorations.

After our sons were born, we would take them to the Garden to see the Koi fish, turtles and beautiful plants. 

Our live got busy and our trips to the Garden infrequent, but in 2006 I took the Master Gardener classes and a fellow student recommended SL&G as a great place to volunteer. 

I joined the Sherman Docent Guild and have had many wonderful experiences meeting a variety of people, young and old, and sharing my love of the garden with them.” 

Sian Poeschl

Artist

“I had heard about an Early California Impressionist Collection that the Sherman Library & Gardens owned and wanted to see the Anna Hills and Frank Cuprien paintings. I was astounded by my $5.00 entry fee to have unparalleled access to these nationally acclaimed art works. Anna Hills was part of a group of citizens who helped establish Laguna Beach as a City, so as a resident I was excited to see the work. As an artist it was even more meaningful that in establishing the Sherman Library, funds had been invested into the Arts.

I am relatively new to the Sherman Library & Garden’s experience. I would drive past and wonder what was behind the walls. I am glad to be getting to know the organization, the staff and volunteers a little better. It’s a positive, nurturing organization that deserves everyone’s support. It’s a real gem in the crown of Corona del Mar and for the Southern California community to enjoy.

Sherman Library & Gardens reminds me of the tardis in Dr. Who. You are not sure what is behind the doors, but when you walk through them you enter an expansive world of botanicals, art, fantastic food and really great people. It has found a really special place in my heart.”

Sian Poeschl, artist, smiling at the Sherman Library & Gardens

“I had heard about an Early California Impressionist Collection that the Sherman Library & Gardens owned and wanted to see the Anna Hills and Frank Cuprien paintings. I was astounded by my $5.00 entry fee to have unparalleled access to these nationally acclaimed art works. Anna Hills was part of a group of citizens who helped establish Laguna Beach as a City, so as a resident I was excited to see the work. As an artist it was even more meaningful that in establishing the Sherman Library, funds had been invested into the Arts.

I am relatively new to the Sherman Library & Garden’s experience. I would drive past and wonder what was behind the walls. I am glad to be getting to know the organization, the staff and volunteers a little better. It’s a positive, nurturing organization that deserves everyone’s support. It’s a real gem in the crown of Corona del Mar and for the Southern California community to enjoy.

Sherman Library & Gardens reminds me of the tardis in Dr. Who. You are not sure what is behind the doors, but when you walk through them you enter an expansive world of botanicals, art, fantastic food and really great people. It has found a really special place in my heart.”

Sian Poeschl

Artist

Sian Poeschl, artist, smiling at the Sherman Library & Gardens

Your Story Matters

At Sherman Library & Gardens, your story is a cherished part of our community. We invite you to share your unique experiences and connections. Your moments of inspiration, reflections, and personal discoveries within our oasis are what make this place so special. Join us in contributing to our collective narrative and be a part of the lasting legacy at Sherman Library & Gardens

Jan Van der Voort, Docent, smiling at the Sherman Library & Gardens

Jan Van der Voort

Docent

“I had been looking for an opportunity to volunteer after the pandemic and this was a perfect opportunity to get involved and learn a lot in a beautiful setting. I have brought my family and friends to visit – it’s such a little gem on the coast. The beautiful setting is invigorating, but the opportunity to learn and share my enthusiasm with others has really helped me expand my horizons and hobbies. I love the way the hort team blends art with horticulture in very approachable ways – it’s easy to talk about with visitors.”

Jan Van der Voort

Docent

Jan Van der Voort, Docent, smiling at the Sherman Library & Gardens

“I had been looking for an opportunity to volunteer after the pandemic and this was a perfect opportunity to get involved and learn a lot in a beautiful setting. I have brought my family and friends to visit – it’s such a little gem on the coast. The beautiful setting is invigorating, but the opportunity to learn and share my enthusiasm with others has really helped me expand my horizons and hobbies. I love the way the hort team blends art with horticulture in very approachable ways – it’s easy to talk about with visitors.”

Joshua Alper

Writer

“A search for Niland in the Online Archive of California (OAC) turned up scattered hits from familiar collections such as the Huntington Library, Seaver Center for Western History and USC Regional History Collection. There were also several hits at the Sherman Library, custodian of the Moses Hazeltine Sherman Papers. It turned out to be the gold mine I’d been looking for.

Over a period of several weeks, I traveled to Newport Beach and spent full days at the Sherman Library. On each occasion, the library staff prepared the boxes of correspondence I’d selected from the detailed finding aid; I was able to start as soon as I walked through the door.

I’m delighted to share this recollection of my Sherman Library experience. Simply, I had a great time! The space is comfortable to work in. The library staff is friendly, helpful and took the imitative on several occasions to point me towards resources I’d overlooked. And, they made good suggestions for local restaurants. I hope to return someday.”

Read Joshua’s Full Story Here!

Sherman Library & Gardens Library Welcome Door, a short excerpt of Joshua Alper's story is overlayed on top.

“A search for Niland in the Online Archive of California (OAC) turned up scattered hits from familiar collections such as the Huntington Library, Seaver Center for Western History and USC Regional History Collection. There were also several hits at the Sherman Library, custodian of the Moses Hazeltine Sherman Papers. It turned out to be the gold mine I’d been looking for.

Over a period of several weeks, I traveled to Newport Beach and spent full days at the Sherman Library. On each occasion, the library staff prepared the boxes of correspondence I’d selected from the detailed finding aid; I was able to start as soon as I walked through the door.

I’m delighted to share this recollection of my Sherman Library experience. Simply, I had a great time! The space is comfortable to work in. The library staff is friendly, helpful and took the imitative on several occasions to point me towards resources I’d overlooked. And, they made good suggestions for local restaurants. I hope to return someday.”

Read Joshua’s Full Story Here!

Joshua Alper

Writer

Sherman Library & Gardens Library Welcome Door, a short excerpt of Joshua Alper's story is overlayed on top.

Become a part of the community

Joining our community at Sherman Library & Gardens is a journey of enrichment and connection. Explore our vibrant array of events and programs, designed to captivate and engage. Whether it’s a garden tour, a library lecture, or a special workshop, there’s something for everyone. Become a part of the community and be inspired by the wealth of knowledge, beauty, and camaraderie that awaits you.