This picturesque den of modern relaxation and nature is a treat to visit, whether as a late-morning stroll, educational tour on plants and plant life, or for serious historical research. Founded in 1950 by businessman Arnold Haskell, who named it after his mentor, the Sherman Library & Gardens contine to draw visitors to its beauty, offering an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of PCH traffic. The Tropical Conservatory is a humid greenhouse that holds numerous flowers and plants usually native to islands below the equator (as well as some turtles and koi fish). The Tea, Rose, Succulent, Central and Specimen Shade gardens are all true to their names. Then there’s the pleasing-to-the-eye fountains, unique sculptures, Cafe Jardin restaurant and in-house archival facility, which is possibly the best place to find information and history on the Pacific Southwest.
2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar, (949) 673-2261; www.slgardens.org.