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.

7th Annual Spring Garden Tour

Saturday, April 25th, 10 am to 4 pm   

Spend a glorious California day touring some of Ventura’s most unique private gardens—from the intimate to the enchanting. Enjoy unusual plant combinations and varieties in gardens created by both homeowners and landscape designers alike. Be inspired by this year's drought-tolerant theme, and visit one house that uses realistic-looking artificial turf, instead of grass. Take a rest stop on the tour to browse over forty garden-themed raffle items at one of our east Ventura homes. Raffle tickets will be sold there.

Children 12 and over are welcome. Please wear flat shoes. No smoking. Allow 3-4 hours to complete the tour. Gardens close promptly at 4:00 pm (last entry at 3:45 pm).

All Seven Gardens $25     
Party Tickets only $25     
Party and Gardens $50

After Party from 3 pm to 7 pm!
(City Hall Parking Lot on Poli)

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Make a toast to the legacy of Theodosia Burr Shepard, distinguished Ventura plant breeder, while you relish a cold one from Surf Brewery and nosh on yummies from our fun food trucks including It's in the Sauce and World's Famous Franks. And don't forget to indulge in desserts from Desserts to Die For. (Food is included in your ticket price). Savor the stunning views from historic City Hall (right parking lot) while you purchase up some swag at our plant sale and silent auction.

Who was Theodosia Burr Shepard? She was well-known Ventura seedswoman and hybridizer of flowers, who lived from 1845 to 1906. She established the first wholesale seed business in California and became known for her experiments with petunias, poppies, and morning glories. She was most well-known as the cultivator of the blue morning glory Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’. She also created the popular Golden West California poppy ‘Eschscholzia Californica’.

Purchase your tickets here or at Villa Tasca Gardens, Modern Oasis Garden and Patio, Palermo, Danny’s Deli, Green Thumb and Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union (check PacificOaksfcu.org for locations).

Unable to attend, make a donation here.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Garden Tour, please contact us at volunteer@venturabotanicalgardens.com.


For questions from the media, or for marketing/public relations questions please email Barbara Brown—bbrown@bbmd-inc.com


Thanks to our sponsors: Union Bank, Pacific Oaks Federal Credit Union, Community Memorial Health System, PremierAmerica Credit Union, Ventura Community Bank, S&S Seeds, A to Z Law, BBM&D Strategic Branding, Green Thumb International, Custom Printing and Harrison Industries.



Even if you aren't able to make the Tour, come support the Gardens at our post-tour fundraiser. Winchesters Grill & Saloon is donating 20% of food sales on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-10pm. Bring your favorite Ventura Botanical Gardens trail photos and experiences, and share them with everyone!

New Ventura Botanical Gardens app!


The Ventura Botanical Gardens app is available at the iTunes Store and at Google Play for free. Get it now & use it on your next hike in the gardens!

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To walk the trail, park behind City Hall (upper parking lot).

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