TOURS (weather permitting)
Mark your calendar for our upcoming trail tour!
Saturday, May 6 at 10am
Saturday, May 14 at 10am Mother's Day
Thursday, May 18 at 5:30pm
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?
The location of the Ventura Botanical Gardens is Grant Park, in the foothills above downtown Ventura. The first trail, the Demonstration Trail, is complete. Almost a mile long and six feet wide, with a decomposed granite surface and hand‐built stone walls, the trailhead begins at the upper parking lot behind City Hall at 501 Poli Street.
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 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 are donation boxes 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:
Pardon our construction: The trail will be closed on the following dates:
May 16th and 17th
(Tuesday and Wednesday)
The parking lot will be closed:
May 23rd, 24th and 25th
(Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
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
Support the building of the trail for only $50...
Click here to contribute.
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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