Ways to give

Community Gifts — Plant and Step Sponsorship

Plant sponsorships range from small plants to large trees, and are a very important part of our growth. If you are interested in plant or stair step sponsorship, please contact Mary Kay Doubek at mkw835@att.net or 323-742-6758 to see how you can help.

Site Sponsorship Program

For more information, please call 805-232-3113 to see how you can help.


Thank you for supporting Ventura Botanical Gardens with an annual membership.

All memberships include a membership card with benefits including discounts at local merchants, our newsletter, and invitations to members-only events.
$50 Annual Contributing Membership ($40 for Seniors 65+, Students, and Active Military.)
$75 Annual Dual/Family Membership above benefits for two adults and their children under 18.
$150 Annual Sustaining Membership above benefits for one, one complimentary invite for the Home Garden Parties and invitations to milestone event receptions.
$250 Annual Friends of the Gardens Membership above benefits for one, two complimentary invites for the Home Garden Parties and invitations to milestone event receptions.

Planned Giving

For more information, please call 805-232-3113 to see how you can help.

Foot by Foot

Our first installation, the Demonstration Trail, opened on October 20, 2012 with a big community celebration. We built that trail Foot by Foot.

Everyone is welcome. You can hike it, stroll it, rock ’n’ roll it, walk your dogs, bring your camera, bring your paints, bring your sweetheart and enjoy the view. The first portion, from the upper parking lot behind City Hall, gently climbs 1400 feet to a viewing area overlooking the city and the ocean and is wheelchair accessible.

This is your opportunity to buy a foot, or as many feet as you’d like. Each foot is $50. Buy two feet for yourself, buy a foot or two or more for everyone in your family, buy some for your friends. So far, donors have purchased feet as birthday gifts, wedding gifts, holiday gifts, as Valentines, in honor of friends and family and in memory of loved ones. Have a dog? Buy four feet! Have two dogs? Buy eight! Buy ten feet as a wedding gift and send the new couple on the right path. Make them a part of history.

As we maintain this trail and plan to build others, your help is invaluable. Please put your best foot forward. It’s good for your health and good for your soul. It’s good for all of us as we continue to make the Gardens a reality.

Join our Foot by Foot campaign by donating today.

Trail Donation Box

The Trail Donation Box is located at the entrance of the trail.


Thanks to the community's contributions in helping in the funding development of the Demonstration Trail, the "The BIG STEP" Campaign was developed to take our fundraising to the next level. The funding from this campaign will enhance our current trail, augment it, provide for trail maintenance and next step planning.

Only a few viewpoints are left. Some offer spectacular panoramic ocean views or views into the arroyos. Many of the sites will be vantage points over gardens that will be developed in the future.

This exciting, expansive opportunity is time sensitive. Funds are needed to continue Phase II and to begin the funding for Phase III.

Please, walk the trail, stop at the designated points, observe a moment of silence, gaze out towards the ocean, view the arroyo, breathe in, feel the tranquility this place creates.

If you are interested in helping us take "The BIG STEP" there are naming opportunities ranging from $10K to $300K. Please contact 805-232-3113.

Together, we need to do this now!

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