Join us for our FREE tours led by our favorite tour guides who will talk about a wide variety of topics including botany, wildlife, photography, geology, technology, and water. Group tours are available by request. All tours are weather permittting. 

Introductory Tours (Saturdays)

Interested in knowing more about the Ventura Botanical Gardens, our vision and mission? Come to one of our FREE docent-led "Know Your Gardens" Trail Tours! Meet at the trailhead behind City Hall in the upper parking lot.

Dates and Times:

Saturday, September 2 at 10am

  Saturday, June 3 at 9am
        Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm
Saturday, July 8 at 9am
Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm
Saturday, August 5 at 9am
Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm

Saturday, October 7 at 10am

Saturday, November 4 at 10am

Saturday, December 2 at 10am

Evening Tours (Thursdays)

Stroll the lower and upper trail, learning about the latest changes at Ventura Botanical Gardens. Join us for one of our FREE docent-led "Know Your Gardens" Sunset Trail Tours! Meet at the trailhead behind City Hall in the upper parking lot.

Dates and Times:

Thursday, August 17 at 6:30pm

Thursday, September 21 at 6pm

Thursday, October 19 at 6pm

Thursday, November 16 at 4pm

Thursday, December 21 at 4pm

Questions? or (805) 798-7108 If you'd like us to schedule another free tour with your favorite guide, please email us


VBG Native Plants   Native Plants and Flowers Walk w/ David Lee
   Saturday, May 14th, 9:00am, Walk at 9:15am

VBG Bird Walk Tour

   Native Plants and Flowers Walk w/ David Lee
   Saturday, May 7th, 9:00am, Walk at 9:15am


VBG Bird Walk Tour

   Bird Watching Walk w/ David Lee
   Saturday, April 16th 8:15am 


VBG Geology Tour

   Geology of the Ventura Hills w/ John Powell
   Saturday, April 9th 9:00 - 10:00am

VBG Wildlife Tour - Fall Bird Walk Announcement

   2015 VBG Wildlife Tour - Fall Bird Walk
   Saturday, October 31st 10am

Ventura Botanical Gardens Wildlife Tour with pink flower   2015 Wildlife Tour w/ Amber Bruno
   Sunday, May 31st 4pm

Ventura Botanical Gardens Technology Tour with light purple flower   2015 Technology Tour w/ Michele Dunham
   Saturday, May 30th 10am


Ventura Botanical Gardens Geology Tour with yellow flower   2015 Geology Tour w/ John Dunham
   Saturday, May 23rd 10am


Ventura Botanical Gardens Wildlife Tour with bee on flower   2015 Wildlife Tour w/ Jackie Worden
   Sunday, May 17th 8am

Ventura Botanical Gardens Water Tour with ocean in background   2015 Water Tour w/ Bob Cole
   Saturday, May 16th 10am

Ventura Botanical Gardens History Tour with green succulent   2015 History Tour w/ Cherie Brandt
   Saturday, May 9th 10am

Ventura Botanical Gardens Photography Tour with mixed plants

   2015 Photography Tour w/ Don Taylor 
   Sunday, May 3rd 4pm

Ventura Botanical Gardens Botany Tour with pink flower

   2015 Botany Tour w/ Joe Cahill
   Saturday, May 2nd 10am  








































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

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SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Randy Encinas, Stephen Schafer, Shane Hess, Ned Simonds, Donald A. Taylor, Joe Cahill and Barbara Brown. Photographers own all rights to the photography. 

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