Upcoming Events

We have a number of wonderful events throughout the year including Sow in the New Year (January 3), and the well-loved Spring Garden Tour (Saturday, April 25). Visit us here again to find out more about those popular events.

Sow in the New Year 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015
9 am to noon

Celebrate the New Year by joining us for our annual Sow in the New Year. Sprinkle a handful of California native seeds in preparation for a wonderful and colorful display of wildflowers this spring. This annual community event rings in the New Year each year by the gathering of hundreds of like-minded community gardeners and lovers of the outdoors. Join people of all ages as they engage in the fun and contribute to the native plant restoration of Grant Park.

Sow in the New Year is family-friendly and free. It is a great opportunity to get outdoors, walk the trail with and enjoy spectacular ocean views, breathe in the crisp winter air, and scatter the hillsides with California native wildflower seeds. With a bit of rain, the seeds promise an arresting carpet of blossoms in the spring. Participants will also have the chance to learn about California native plants, sustainability, water conservation, erosion control and the future of the Ventura Botanical Gardens.

We'll be sowing the seeds along the trail. Gardeners gloves, a water bottle, comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended. Parking is available. Meet at the trailhead.







The GardenNeeds Your Help
Saturday, August 10th
8 am until noon
Our workdays are a hit!  People are coming out and we're getting the job done! We've removed fire fuel (dead, diseased and damaged wood), weeds, and other invasive plants and with your help, we will continue that same work on a regular basis.  Please mark your calendars for the second Saturday of every month. 
Schedule: I'll be there from 8 am until noon. Please come when you can and stay for as long as you can.   And bring your friends!  Who doesn't like to play in the dirt?
Parking: BBQ/Picnic area parking lot (northeast of the Cross) 
Work Area: Hillsides beginning where our Demonstration Trail intersects Summit Drive and continuing up to the Grant Park Range Road. 
Suggested Clothes & Accessories: Light-weight, long-sleeve shirt, work pants/jeans, boots, hat, work gloves, sunscreen, snack and beverage (water is best).  
Please bring along any of the following gardening tools available to you, and extras to share if you have them:
Chain saw, fuel (we really need this) and eye protection
String trimmer (aka: weed whacker), fuel, extra line and eye protection
Hand pruners
Iron rake
Pruning saw
Wheel barrow or garden cart or tarp (burlap or plastic or old sheets/blankets)
Mulch fork
Questions & RSVP: Please email Gardeners@VenturaBotanicalGardens.com and let us know if you're joining us. Let's keep growing

Jeff Lambert

Geologist Walks Grant Park


Join us for a FREE informational hike to learn more about the Garden's plans and progress. Guided tours will meet in the upper parking lot behind City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10am and will last one hour. No reservations needed!

There will be no hikes in December.

For more information, contact Donna Chandler, volunteer coordinator at (805) 766-3141  


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