Lunch and Lecture

On Select Fridays of the month Sherman Gardens , in partnership with South Coast Plaza and Cafe Jardin, will feature a different compelling speaker combined with a delicious lunch. The Lunch & Lecture series was created to educate guests about the benefits of botanic gardens.  Whether tackling the issues of food access, mental health, environmental education, sustainability, or cultivating creativity, the public needs botanic gardens.  
Sherman Library & Gardens is pleased to welcome South Coast Plaza as Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 Lunch & Lecture Series. 

Advanced Reservations

  • Friends Lunch & Lecture | $30
  • Non-Member Lunch & Lecture | $40
  • Friends Lecture Only | Free
  • Non-Member Lecture Only | $5

Day Of Walk-Ins

  • Friends Lunch & Lecture | $40
  • Non-Member Lunch & Lecture | $50
  • Friends Lecture Only | Free
    (RSVP appreciated)
  • Non-Member Lecture Only | $10

All lunch & lectures are from 11:30am – 1pm. Lecture begins at 12:15 pm.




Friday, April 10

Edible Gardens LA with Lauri Kranz – CANCELED

Nourishment and beauty were once separate goals for gardening, but Lauri Kranz, founder of Edible Gardens LA, is working hard to change that. Through gorgeous gardens created for her well-known clientele, including James Beard Award-winning chefs, museums and anyone who wants to grow their own food, Lauri produces spaces that are compelling to the senses and full of abundant organic food. In A Garden Can Be Anywhere, Lauri shares her secrets for planning, planting, growing, and maintaining luscious edible gardens, no matter the setting or size of the plot.  Join authors Lauri Kranz and Dean Kuipers for an intimate talk and Q&A as they share their secrets for growing beautiful food.
LAURI KRANZ is the owner and founder of Edible Gardens LA (, where she creates lush, edible landscapes and vegetable gardens for chefs, restaurants, museums, schools, and anyone interested in growing their own food. Lauri and her gardens have been featured in magazines including, Martha Stewart LivingELLE DecorArchitectural DigestTown & Country and Marie Claire and has been featured on NBC’s Today show.
DEAN KUIPERS has studied and written about the field of environmental politics and the human-nature relationship for decades. He is the author of Burning Rainbow Farm and Operation Bite Back. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesOutsideThe AtlanticMen’s JournalRolling Stone, and Playboy. He lives in Los Angeles.
Friday, May 15

Sculptura Botanica with Dustin Gimbel

Los Angeles based ceramic artist and landscape designer Dustin Gimbel will talk about his botanically themed installation of sculptures on display in the Tropical Conservatory.  Stemming from a lifetime fascination with plants, a career in horticulture and a more recent obsession with ceramics, the exhibition explores botanical forms from the familiar to the obscure.  His pieces of bold, contemporary interpretaions of botanical plants and plant parts promise to delight and engage the senses.  

Friday, June 12

Teresa Sabankaya, author of The Posy Book

Inspired by the Victorian-era language of flowers, Teresa will talk about the posy – a small round bouquet of flowers and herbs that are chosen based on their meanings to convey a message, such as love, happiness, and friendship.  A gifted flower grower, designer, and keeper of floral meanings, Teresa will introduce guests to the history of the language of flowers and share step-by-step instructions for making posies.