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A Succulent Oasis at Sherman Library & Gardens

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View from the gate into the Succulent Garden at Sherman Library & Gardens. Author’s photographs

This article catalogs the 2005-2006 renovation of the succulent section at Sherman Library & Gardens in Corona del Mar, California. The section was designed and installed by the author, with the help of Garden employees. This piece is dedicated to Sherman Library & Gardens, its Volunteer Organization, and associated staff, past, present, and future.

I treasure one particular day at Sherman Library & Gardens. The Succulent Garden had undergone a rebirth many months prior, and I was back for its monthly tune-up. While I tended to some weeds an ear’s distance from the conversation, one cheerful visitor remarked to another, “I never really liked succulents until I saw this garden.” A reticent chuckle accompanied my immediate pause. I realized that my original intent was being fulfilled. My weeding then resumed with an elevated sense of purpose, as I reflected upon the Succulent Garden’s genesis.

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