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.

Duplicate of 6th Annual Spring Garden Tour

Garden Tour: Saturday, April 26, 10 am to 4 pm   After-Party: 4 pm to 7 pm

We've set the date for our signature event of the year. Mark your calendars to visit six wonderful gardens in the city of Ventura.

Don't forget to also calendar this year's Wizard of Oz themed After-Party from 4 pm to 7 pm, at an historic home. 

Purchase your tickets here.

Unable to attend, make a donation here.

Thanks to all those who participated in the 2103 Garden Tour

Special thanks to Freddie Simpson and his assistant Nick, chef's of Rhumb Line, for the generous donation of their time and efforts for the Garden Tour dinner for eighteen at a private home on Church Street. The food they created was scrumptious! Also thanks to Marion Phalan, without whom the dinner would not have been nearly as successful. Special thanks to Peggy Dolan and Dale Gaberson, co-chairs, who worked tirelessly and showed unrelenting patience and enthusiasm. Also thanks to Teresa Zdanowich, Barbara Brown, Joni Egbert, Linda Kay Fisher, Geri Hayes, Donna Ingram, Melody Namikas - her house captains and all their volunteers, Andy Pardue, Lupe Pardue, Marion Phalan, Wayne and Linda Sapp, Shirley Simms, Midge Stork, Greg Ward, Ann and Bob Warnagieris, Norm Weitzel, Jo Wolf, Kathy Raffaelli, Donna Schmaeman, Lea Anderson, Jan Galsworthy, and Barbara Maitland.

Thanks to our sponsors:

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The Japanese Garden

Lake Bridge Waterfall Lake Tea House

Wednesday, September 17 at 10 am – Member Event

Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this Japanese Garden in Van Nuys, ranked 10 out of 300 (in North America) by the Journal of Japanese Gardens. The garden is unique—it incorporates three classical designs—a dry karensansui, a wet garden with promenade chisen, and an authentic tea ceremony garden incorporating a 4.5' tatami mat tea room.

Dr. Kawana, the garden creator, has designed more than a dozen major gardens, including the largest Japanese garden in the U.S., a 14 acre garden in St. Louis. He pioneered the design of traditional Japanese gardens utilizing plants native to the area of the garden.

Members and your guests–enjoy the lovely gift shop (accepts credit cards and checks). Feel free to explore the self-guided tour of the water reclamation plant, where Star Trek scenes have been filmed. To learn more visit www.thejapanesegarden.com.

Join us afterwards for lunch at Sushi Hirosuke!

Your contribution $3.00 (please bring cash only).

Carpool: Meet at 8:30 am between Seaward & Harbor (just to the right of Subway). Meet at the Gardens at 9:45 am, in Van Nuys, for a docent-led tour at 10 am. Please offer to help your driver with gas. The address is 6100 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406.


RSVP to fieldtrips@VenturaBotanicalGardens.com or call Linda Kay Fisher at  (805) 653-7244. Limit 30 people for the tour.

To make Linda’s task easier, please provide the following information:

  1. Contact information- phone number or email.
  2. Number of reservations (include their names).
  3. Can you be a carpool driver? How many people will your car hold?
  4. Will you join us for lunch at Sushi Hirosuke?


Do you know now of a special place we should not miss? If so, please give Linda a call at 653-7244 or email: fieldtrips@VenturaBotanicalGardens.com



Visit the Botanical Wonders of Chile

October 17 through 26, 2014

The VBG Travel Program is just one of the exciting programs available to you as a member! You and your guests have the opportunity to participate in trips to destinations around the world. These custom trips will feature visits to botanical gardens, national parks, nature reserves and top cultural and historical sites. Our first trip will be to Chile, a hauntingly beautiful country of gardens, parks, lakes, deserts, magnificent mountains and vineyards. We're thrilled to announce our President-elect, Joe Cahill, botanist extraordinaire, will be the guest lecturer on the trip to Chile.

The Program is designed to parallel the development of the Gardens at Grant Park. The first planned garden is the Chilean Garden. Central Chile has a climate similar to the coastal regions of Ventura County and is home to wonderful native and cultivated flora. The Chilean Garden will feature the most exotic and beautiful flowers, bushes and trees of Central Chile.

The creation of the South African Garden, the Mediterranean European Garden, the Australian Garden and the California Coastal Garden will follow. We plan to offer coinciding trips to South Africa, Australia and Mediterranean Europe. Tours to Costa Rica, Panama, England, Scotland, Holland and Belgium are also being considered. A travel program is an important component of the leading botanical gardens of the world. VBG is destined to be world-class with a world-class travel program.

The Chile trip is being offered to members and guests—October 17-26, 2014. The maximum number of participants is 24, minimum of 10. October is springtime in Chile, the blooming season for most of the country’s native and cultivated plants. October is also an excellent time to visit Patagonia and the Atacama Desert, two destinations that will be offered as extensions to the core itinerary. Patagonia is one of the most spectacular places on earth, where bonsai grow naturally, guanacos graze and Andean Condors soar. The Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world and home to exotic plants, geysers, mountains, and salt pans with flocks of flamingoes. You and your guests have the rare opportunity to visit this country on a trip that is custom designed to offer the best of Chile with expert guides and lectures by Dr. Joe Cahill.

Email announcements regarding the trip will be sent out to members in January. Contact Kristen Taylor for a proposed itinerary with extensions to Patagonia, the Atacama Desert and Conguillio, by phone at 805-643-3800 or kristintaylor@earthlink.net. after December 15. Kristen has been a travel specialist for 23 years and will be happy to answer your questions.

Our trip to Chile will offer excellent opportunities to experience the wonderful flora of Chile. Plan to join us!

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 FREE family hikes, 
meet at the parking lot above City Hall,
tours will be one hour.

Saturday, September 6, 10 am 

Friday, September 12, 5 pm 

Saturday, September 20, 10 am 

Friday, September 26, 5 pm 


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