CELEBRATE SUNSET | BEER & GAMES | SEPT. 8 | 5-8pm
Join us on the hilltop for our first-ever Summmit Plateau public event. Sample craft beers, wines and spirits. Enjoy live music, snacks and games with spectacular views of historic downtown, panoramas of the coast and the Channel Islands.
Featuring Casa Agria Specialty Ales, Labyrinth Winery, Topa Topa Brewing Co., Ventura Coast Brewing Co., and Ventura Spirits Company.
Park behind Ventura City Hall for the shuttle to Summit Plateau or come early and walk up the trail.21 and over. No pets.
TOURS (weather permitting)
Mark your calendar for our upcoming trail tour!
Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm
Saturday, September 2 at 10am
Thursday, September 21 at 6pm
Led by our favorite tour guides, a variety of topics will be discussed including botany, wildlife, photography, geology, technology, and water. Group tours are available by request. For more information, click here and don't forget to come back from time to time to find more about future trail tours.
As interest in green technology grows, architects are turning to cargo containers—empty containers sit on docks because it’s too expensive to ship them back to their country of origin. This has created a surplus of a unique, low cost building material.
The Ventura Botanical Gardens' new Welcome Center design uses these containers in a series of elevated pavilions. The design is not only green, it is a beautiful use of space, creating inviting outdoor learning and event areas between the buildings. These durable and sustainable structures can be easily transported for re-use at the Gardens in the future.
Where is the Ventura Botanical Gardens?
Planting for the Chilean Garden, South African Garden, and California native plants area has begun. When completed, the Chilean Gardens will be the largest in the world, outside of Chile.
Grant Park is open from dawn to dusk.
What are you doing until the whole project is completed?
Good question. We’re letting the community know about us — raising funds, working on plans, and having a good time at our events along with our educational Trail Tours.
How do I become a member?
Click here, then click Membership to pay online or to download a form you can mail in with a check. Annual memberships are available with discounted prices for seniors, students, and members of the military.
Membership benefits include the VBG newsletter, invitations to members‐only field trips and events, and a membership card good for discounts at a growing number of local businesses. Memberships make great gifts for your garden‐loving friends too. If you’ve got questions about membership, ask us at email@example.com.
How do I become a volunteer?
We’re always looking for volunteers. Whether you have a specific professional or amateur skill you’d like to offer, just enjoy digging in the dirt, or fall somewhere in between, please let us know and we’ll find the right fit for you. It’s a great way to meet people and contribute to the community.
We are currently looking for an Membership Development Director and Events Coordinator. If that sounds fun to you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I am not ready to be a member or volunteer yet?
Join our contact list to stay informed. We promise not to hound you. Send your name, email address, mailing address and phone number (if you’d like) to email@example.com or drop a note to Ventura Botanical Gardens, PO Box 3127, Ventura CA 93006.
I'm a member of the media and want more information, who do I contact?
Please contact our Marketing and Media Chair, Barbara Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video courtesy of Visit Ventura
HOURS: Open from dawn until dusk
COST: Suggested donation $10 per person. (There is a donation box at the trailhead.) Your generous donations help our Gardens Grow!
LEARN MORE: Interested in learning more about the Gardens? Stop by and chat with one of our Greeters. They'll be at the trailhead on these days and times:
TRAIL CLOSURE: As everyone one knows, we are a work in progress. We close the trail from time to time to work on the trail itself, planting, maintenance and site installations. We hope everyone understands. With that in mind, please pardon our dust, the trail will be closed Tues. August 22th thru Fri. August 25th, Thurs. September 28, and Friday September 29.
BOTANICAL GARDENS DVD
Phil Foster Ranger, E.P. Foster descendant & Brooks graduate, has compiled a stunningly beautiful photographic collection of the Gardens. Click here to purchase the DVD.
WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
For more information, contact Tracy Long.
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Foot By Foot Campaign
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Best Hiking Trail—VC Reporter THREE YEARS!
The Ventura Botanical Gardens won the VC Reporter's "Best of" award for the third year in a row. Thank you all for voting!
The first 0.3 miles starting at the trailhead is ADA accessible.
The Ventura Botanical Gardens app!
GRANT PARK 398 Ferro Drive, Ventura, CA 93001, 805-232-3113. Mail to: P.O. Box 3127, Ventura, CA 93006-3127
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Randy Encinas, Stephen Schafer, Shane Hess, Ned Simonds, Donald A. Taylor, Joe Cahill and Barbara Brown. Photographers own all rights to the photography.
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