Mark your calendar for our upcoming trail tours — Thursdays: June 16th, July 14th and August 18th at 6 pm, and on Saturdays: June 4th, July 9th and August 6th at 10 am. 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.
FOOT BY FOOT
Back by popular demand... our Foot by Foot Campaign! We've had so many requests that we're happy to offer it again. For a distinctive, thoughtful gift, purchase a foot or better yet, two... for your grandchild, child, mom, dad, your better half, your gal pal, or your BFF.
If your BFF is furry and has four feet, buy one for each foot. For your favorite hiker or outdoor-lover, buy as many feet as you can. They'll know you are supporting the things they love and at the same time, helping the gardens grow.
Check out our brand new SHOP spot on the website, for gifts for your favorite hiker. Think a VBG t-shirt or hat.
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 Interim 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Video courtesy of Visit Ventura
Weddings and Events
Interested in having your wedding or event at the Ventura Botanical Gardens?
For more information, contact Tracy Long.
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Foot By Foot Campaign
Support the building of the trail for only $50...
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Best Hiking Trail!
The Ventura Botanical Gardens won the 2015 VC Reporter's "Best of" awards in the categories of Hiking Trail (1st place) and View (3rd place). Thank you all for voting!
The first 0.3 miles starting at the trailhead is ADA accessible.
In April 2015, the Ventura City Council voted to approve our Master Plan and lease. Ten years of process development and fundraising along with meeting markers and requirements by the City (including development of Vision Plan and meeting environmental requirements) culminated with the sound of enthusiastic applause as the Council members voted unanimously in our favor.
This is a major achievement in the progress of creating the gardens at Grant Park. It means the real work for building the gardens can now move forward at an accelerated pace. Next steps include the completion of the first trail, building out 30% of the Chilean gardens, building a brand new trail and planning for Phase III.
What is possibly the most transformative project in Ventura County—one day to become the jewel of the central coast—is now well on its way.
March 2015 - Men's Journal features Ventura (and VBG) in 10 Best Places to Live Now.
January 2015 - VBG Rezoning Approved by Planning Commission.
VC Reporter 2014 Voted Ventura Botanical Gardens Demonstration Trail as Best Hiking Trail!
Ventura County Star Readers’ Choice 2014 Voted the Ventura Botanical Gardens as a Favorite Hike!
The Ventura Botanical Gardens app!
PHYSICAL LOCATION: 398 Ferro Drive, Ventura, CA 93001 MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 3127, Ventura, CA 93006-3127 805-232-3113
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Randy Encinas, Stephen Schafer, Joe Cahill, Barbara Brown, Shane Hess, Ned Simonds, Donald A. Taylor
Photographers own all rights to the photography.
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