Sherman Library & Gardens to host evening plants lecture with film production designer Nelson Coates and California native plant expo in April

Join Sherman Library & Gardens for an evening with Nelson Coates, top production designer for cinema and television on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. Find out what’s involved in creating the set design for TV shows such as The Morning Show, the feature film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book Crazy Rich Asians and the motion picture of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical In the Heights.

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Nelson Coates

Between television and movie projects, the Laguna Beach resident designs real-world projects as an architect and interior designer for unique residential and commercial projects. A member of the Designer Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Television Academy, Nelson also speaks nationally and internationally, serves on the board of trustees of Laguna College of Art + Design and is currently serving a third term as international president of the Art Directors Guild.

Seating is limited and registration is required. Cost: $10 members; $20 non-members. Register online here.

On Sunday, April 21 from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., find out about the incredible range of plants that naturally thrive in our beautiful SoCal landscape at the Sherman Library & Gardens’ California native plant expo. Preserving native plants helps protect the biodiversity of California and supports native wildlife.

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Sherman Library & Gardens’ California native plant expo features informative talks and tours

Local experts from the Orange County Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will be on hand to answer your questions, let you know where to see these plants in our local landscape and explain the benefits of using naturally drought-tolerant plants in your home landscaping.

Moosa Creek Nursery and Tree of Life Nursery will have a selection of plants for sale, and will be ready to give you plenty of advice about successfully growing and designing using these versatile plants.

Celebrate Earth Day with a new California native plant for your home.

Talks and Tours: Free with Garden admission so drop in.

–Morning Tour is at 11 a.m.: Native Plant Tour of Sherman Gardens.

Take a tour of the garden with Horticulturist Amy Dolim, and find out how many California native plants are incorporated into the Sherman Library & Gardens design. Preserving native plants helps protect the biodiversity of California and supports native wildlife. Pick up some ideas and advice about the needs of these important drought-tolerant plants.

–Afternoon Tour is at 1 p.m.: Conserving Calochortus: How Public Gardens Can Play a Role in Native Species Conservation. Presented by Kyle Cheesborough, Sherman Gardens’ Horticulture Director.

Even small gardens can make a big splash in plant conservation. The beautiful Calochortus (commonly known as the Mariposa Lily) is under threat as our land use and climate evolves. At Sherman Library & Gardens, the horticulture staff is currently working to record, collect and propagate various Calochortus species endemic to Southern California. During summer 2023, Cheesborough led field trips with staff and interns to locate and collect seed with the goal of growing plants for Sherman Gardens. Through partnerships with fellow institutions, this project seeks to better understand the threats to this genus, and secure the future of these plants in our region by incorporating them into living collections at public gardens. Join Cheesborough to learn more about the project and this beautiful plant.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coat Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit


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