Sherman Library & Gardens’ Grow the Gardens Campaign event a “blooming success”

To put Sherman Library & Gardens’ Grow the Gardens Campaign into full gear, they hosted an event on Thursday, May 16 to raise funds for the renovation. Newport Beach’s iconic, world-class cultural hub is looking to the future, announcing thoughtful improvements to the facilities and increasing educational and artistic programming for all generations.

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Sherman Library & Gardens, rendering by Gensler

The much-anticipated Grow the Gardens Campaign has blossomed to life. Focused on creating “a new front door,” Sherman Library & Gardens’ renovation plans will allow for increased visibility along Pacific Coast Highway. Further establishing the nonprofit as a key cultural center in the community, it is an exciting opportunity to reconfigure, renovate and reimagine the property.

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(L-R) Anton and Jennifer Segerstrom with Scott La Fleur, executive director at Sherman Library and Gardens

“Our family is honored to be a part of such an important milestone in the history of Sherman Library & Gardens and our community. The iconic destination has so much history and beauty to offer throughout the seasons, and we are inspired to see the improvements take place which will allow more patrons to fully enjoy all that the property has to offer,” said Anton Segerstrom.

The Grow the Gardens Campaign will invest at least $13 million into the destination, breathing new life into spaces while respecting the integrity and historic qualities of each structure.

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(L-R) Sherman Foundation President Gary Pickett with Janet and Walkie Ray, campaign co-chairs

A generous anonymous donor agreed to match every donation made, dollar to dollar, up to $250k through the end of the month for the Grow the Gardens Campaign.

To date, more than 50% of the total estimated funding raised has been for the Grow the Gardens Campaign, which will support improvements designed to create better outcomes for the community including:

–Sherman Library & Gardens’ new education space and programs will enhance the community’s encounter with the botanical and historical wonder of the Pacific Southwest.

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Event guests

–The tropical conservatory and the shade house, both used extensively in the education programs, will be renovated to protect the health of the valuable plant collections such as orchids.

–These improvements will make Sherman Library & Gardens the most accessible and walkable botanical garden in Southern California, enabling its visitors to see a vast array of global beauty on a calm and relaxing stroll.

–The 3,000 member households and 8,000 individual members of Sherman Library & Gardens will greatly benefit from the increased accessibility, renovated amenities, and enhanced program offerings improving their overall health and well-being.

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Nick and Kirstie Acevedo, vice president of the M.H. Sherman Foundation

More than just an outdoor gathering space, the lush gardens provide emotional reprieve for people looking to connect with one another, with nature and with the community. Curated to foster the growing needs of patrons who visit Sherman Library & Gardens, the Grow the Gardens Campaign invites members of the community near and far to leave a legacy by pledging their support. To Grow the Gardens means welcoming more visitors; offering more community services and educational programs; supporting more local artists, authors and performers, and celebrating more seasons of life with the families of Orange County.

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Ilya Serov and band

“The Samueli Foundation is so happy to see our neighbor, Sherman Library & Gardens, growing and blooming as is modeled by the many beautiful plants the gardens contain. This hidden gem deserves to be discovered and enjoyed by many and this next phase opens the door to that renaissance perfectly. Congratulations to the team!” said Erin Samueli, board of directors, Samueli Foundation.

“Sherman Library & Gardens is devoted to making the world a better place through education, beauty and the arts. We welcome everyone to participate in this generational opportunity that will benefit this incredible community,” said Gary Pickett, president, Sherman Foundation.


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