Virtual Lecture Series

Join us for our new monthly Sherman Library & Gardens Virtual Lecture Series. These free events will be presented via Zoom.
Sherman Library & Gardens Virtual Lecture Series                 Presenting Sponsor: South Coast Plaza
A Posy for You! Creating Modern Floral Sentiment with the Language of Flowers 

Thursday, June 10 @ 2 pm

Virtual Lecture, Demonstration and Q&A presented by Teresa Sabankaya

Teresa Sabankaya will present an entertaining and interactive look at how the historical language of flowers can be used to create a  posy – a small round bouquet of flowers and herbs that are chosen based on their meanings to convey a message, such as love, happiness and friendship. A gifted grower, designer, and keeper of floral meanings or ‘floriography’, Teresa will introduce the history of the language of flowers and demonstrate step-by-step instructions for making posies.

Teresa began her flower business in 1999 by growing her own assortment of boutique cut flowers, and consequently, her thriving flower studio in Santa Cruz, California was created. Teresa is one of the most innovative floral designers in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area and her love of, or rather obsession with, the language of flowers spawned her creation of the modern-day Posy. 

As well as being an instructor of floral design Teresa is a pioneer of the Slow Flowers movement by practicing the far-fetched idea of using flowers, herbs and greenery grown in her garden to incorporate into her floral designs at her retail store and her wedding floral work.

To register for this free virtual lecture and Q&A click here 

Past Lecture Recordings

A Garden Can Be Anywhere

Tuesday, May 11 @ 2 pm

Virtual Lecture and Q & A presented by Lauri Kranz, Edible Gardens LA

Edible Gardens LA founder Lauri Kranz will share her wisdom and her new book, ‘A Garden Can Be Anywhere: Creating Bountiful and Beautiful Edible Gardens’ in this virtual lecture and Q&A. Discover secrets for planning, planting, growing, and maintaining luscious edible gardens, no matter the setting or size of the plot. Through gorgeous gardens created for her clients, Lauri will reveal her essential methods for growing abundant organic food. Her practical guide is built around the philosophy that nourishment and beauty are not separate goals. It’s also at the forefront of a gardening revolution, where more and more people are craving a patch of land for growing healthy, organic food from their own gardens. A Garden Can Be Anywhere reveals Lauri’s knack for providing both beauty and bounty in her clients’ outdoor spaces.

Lauri Kranz is the founder of Edible Gardens LA, which builds, plants and maintains organic gardens across Los Angeles. Lauri fell in love with gardening when her son’s school needed volunteers and gardening was on the list. Now there isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t have her hands in the soil and she’s never been happier. Her client list has grown to include celebrities as well as top restaurants, museums and anyone interested in growing their own food.

The Botanical Collections of the Santa Ana Zoo

Virtual Lecture and Q & A presented by Ethan Fisher, Santa Ana Zoo Director

Wednesday, April 7 @ 2 pm

The 20-acre Santa Ana Zoo opened in 1952 focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. In recent years Ethan Fisher and his staff have recognized the untapped potential of the botanical side of the Zoo. In this virtual lecture Ethan will reveal the breadth of their plant collections and talk about his plans to use them as an exciting and important element of the zoo’s future. 

Ethan Fisher became Zoo Director at Santa Ana Zoo in 2018. He has a background in biology, business administration and landscaping, and has extensive business experience working in the Zoo and Aquarium Industry. He joined Santa Ana Zoo as Program Coordinator (5years), became Operations Coordinator & Registrar (11 years), until his promotion to Zoo Director. 

A Visual Treasure Trove:  Sherman Library’s Historic Photograph Collections

March 11, 2021

Virtual Lecture and Q & A presented by Sherman Library Director Paul Wormser

Photographs are unique touchstones to the past.  For more than 50 years Sherman Library has collected photographs that document the Pacific Southwest history.  The Library’s collections include over 40,000 images from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Paul Wormser, Sherman Library Director, will talk about the Library’s photograph collections and share some of these unique images.  He will also demonstrate the use of the new Sherman Library Digital Catalog, which includes many of the library’s most interesting images.