Sherman Library & Gardens

Orange County



Sherman Library & Gardens is a botanical wonderland. Here you are surrounded with foliage of all kinds, from the spiny cacti of desert regions to the most exotic flowers of tropical climates. The courtyards, tiled patios, greenhouse, arbor-shaded walks and fountains, and the fern-covered waterfall accented with orchids, create the most picturesque background for a gorgeous garden wedding. A wisteria-covered arbor on the Tea Garden Patio provides a sublime location for ceremonies. Baskets swelling over with fuchsias and impatiens in tones of pastel pink and white hang overhead. The adjacent Pepper Tree Patio shaded by a large and delicate-leafed pepper tree, is a lovely spot for serving beverages and hors d'oeuvres after the ceremony! For indoor receptions, Sherman Gardens offers the Central Patio Room, a vintage space reminiscent of old California architecture, with a cathedral ceiling, gray wood beams, and skylights. A large white-brick fireplace and terracotta tiled floors create a warm and cozy atmosphere. On a warm evening, French doors that line the perimeter of the room can be opened to allow the party to overflow onto the covered terrace. It's not surprising that Sherman Gardens has become a sought-after location for weddings—who wouldn't be impressed with this little piece of paradise?

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Park/Garden, Vintage/Rustic, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 250 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 250 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 250 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 250 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 2:30 pm. Ceremony/Event may begin at 4:30 pm. A city ordinance requires that music end by 10:00 pm. All guests must depart by 10:30 pm.

Rental Fees

In order to use the Gardens for a private event we ask that the host be or become a member at the Patron level ($2000). This is a donation and is tax deductible. There is also an additional rental fee ($2000) + a refundable security deposit ($750).
During the winter months (November - March) the rental fee for Saturdays is reduced to $1500. The Patron membership remains the same ($2000).

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Sherman Library & Gardens is estimated at between $7,020 and $19,915 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Tables and chairs provided
Outdoor lighting
Venue set up and clean up
Day-of coordinator
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

All food and beverage handled by venue
Beer and wine only
Venue must approve all decorations
No rice, birdseed, confetti, etc.
Catering provided by venue
Amplified music OK indoors only
No smoking
Alcohol must be provided by venue
Music must end by 10:00PM