In The News

18 Gardentastic Adventures To Embark On
Lawn Starter on April 6, 2017

"Spring Bloom" Photo Contest
Ventura Breeze on April 12, 2017

Give It Your Best Shot for Garden Photo Contest 
Noozhawk on April 9, 2017

2017 Officers Selected for Botanical Gardens
Ventura County Star on December 9, 2016

Ventura Botanical Gardens Appoints Board Leadership
Ventura Breeze on December 7, 2016

Botanical Gardens Hosts Fall Trail Festival 
Ventura County Star on October 18, 2016

Ventura Botanical Gardens Announces Fall Trail Festival 
Ventura Breeze on October 12, 2016

Ventura Hikers Celebrate International Babywearing Week
Ventura County Star on October 8, 2016 

Ventura Botanical Gardens Hires Fundraising Administrator
Ventura Breeze on August 17, 2016

Fundraising Official Hired for Gardens
Ventura County Star on August 13, 2016 

Water Out of Thin Air
Ventura Breeze on June 22, 2016

Taking Back Plaza Park: Public/Private Partnership
VC Reporter on March 17, 2016

Volunteers Sow Seeds of Future
Ventura County Star on January 9, 2016

Sow in the New Year 2016
Ventura County Star on January 8, 2016

21 Best Things to do in Ventura, CA
VacationIdea: Dream Vacation Magazine on January 5, 2016

Trail Quest: Arroyo Verde and Grant Parks
Santa Barbara News Press on November 16, 2015

Fundraiser held for Ventura Botanical Gardens
The Ventura Breeze on November 11, 2015

Garden Tour in Full Bloom
Camarillo Acorn
on April 3, 2015

At Last, a Permanent Home for the Ventura Botanical Gardens
By Arlene Martinez for VCStar on April 2, 2015

Growing a Backyard Eden
By Amber Lennon for Ventana Monthly on April 1, 2015

The 10 Best Places to Live Now
Mens Journal,
March 2015

Planning Panel OKs Ventura Botanical Gardens; Project Heads to City Council
By Arlene Martinez for VCStar January 15, 2015

Zoning Change Sought
By Arlene Martinez for VCStar on January 13, 2015

Much Needed Funds Raised for VBG
The Ventura Breeze on October 15, 2014

Donors to be Honored by Bench Art Installation
The Ventura Breeze on June 20, 2014

Ventura Botanical Gardens as Golden Gate Park


Meet Our Staff!


Joe Cahill, Executive Director 
(805) 232-3113, ext. 0

Dr. Cahill is a botanist who has over 20 years of professional experience in a combination of botanic gardens, conservation non-profits and NGOs, compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the horticulture industry.  He has contributed in a leadership capacity to the Ventura Botanical Gardens since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California Riverside and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in Manhattan and is an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University.



Maureen Johnson, Database Administrator
(805) 232-3113, ext. 2

A proud fifth generation local, Maureen was drawn to the Ventura Botanical Gardens as a volunteer in 2013. She felt the importance of giving back to her community. In 2014, she  became part of the staff of VBG, as our Database Administrator. Her background includes treasurer of a local school, then full charge bookkeeper for a local business for 17 years. She is currently a member in good standing of the Bookkeeper Association of Ventura County.



Ginny Claborn, Fundraising Administrator
(805) 232-3113, ext. 5

With a lengthy career in the non-profit industry, Ginny has extensive experience in helping donors invest in their community. Over the years, she has been involved in local, state and national programs. She has volunteered with the Ventura Botanical Gardens as a coordinator for the annual CAST event and contributed greatly to the success of that event. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Business and Management from Azusa Pacific University.

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