In 1972, five ladies met at the Garden for tea and formed the nucleus of what is now our Volunteer Association. The current membership of over 150 hard-working, dedicated people helps wherever needed, donating thousands of hours annually tending baskets and flower beds, and working in the greenhouse and Garden Shop. Volunteers also spend time each week in the Library maintaining clipping files, while others work at indexing and organizing the various materials. The Volunteer Association organizes a spring and fall fund-raiser, including the very popular Garden Tour, which features several charming private residential gardens in Corona del Mar.
The Docent Guild of Sherman Library & Gardens was founded in 1980. Over time, the group has grown to 60 full-time members. The primary function of the Docent Guild is to provide educational tours of the Gardens for kindergarten through college-age students, as well as other organizations, such as senior citizen groups, historical societies and garden clubs. The Docents also sponsor some fund-raising activities throughout the year for the purpose of providing financial assistance to schools that have limited funds for bus travel to the Gardens.
Docents are asked to donate at least three hours per month guiding through the Garden: however, most docents give much more of their time. In addition to touring, the docents maintain an informational table, part of the “Docent on Duty” program, in the Garden Monday through Friday between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm The docents are available to answer questions, provide directions and give out information as to what is blooming in the Gardens.