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Jim Folsom to speak at Sherman Library & Gardens on October 13

Sherman Library & Gardens, in partnership with Cultivar restaurant and South Coast Plaza, presents the 2021/2022 Lunch & Lecture Series. The monthly series features a horticulture speaker combined with a delicious lunch. 

Kicking off the 2021/2022 Lunch & Lecture Series on Wednesday, Oct. 13 is Jim Folsom, director emeritus of The Huntington in San Marino, Calif. 

Folsom joined The Huntington staff in 1984 as assistant curator and was named director of the botanical gardens in 1987. Prior to retiring on December 31, 2020, he was charged with the stewardship, care and interpretation of more than a dozen thematic gardens that cover 130 acres of the 207-acre grounds. 

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Jim Folsom, director emeritus of The Huntington in San Marino 

“Jim’s indelible imprint on The Huntington is everywhere. It can be seen in the gardens he has built, the botanical collections he has developed, the relationships he has nurtured with donors, and in the passion for the natural world that he has shared enthusiastically through programs for young and old. We will miss the contributions of The Huntington’s one-of-a-kind Pied Piper of botany,” said Huntington President Karen Lawrence.

Folsom will talk about the SoCal Mediterranean climate, and what it means globally and for the local gardener. He’ll also share some of his favorite gardens in the world. This ticketed event is open to the public. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet The Huntington’s one-of-a-kind Pied Piper of botany.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Tickets are $25 for Members and $35 for Non-Members. Lecture only: Free for Members; $5 for Non-Members. Purchase tickets at, or call 949.673.2261. 

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

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