Ventura Botanical Gardens in the news
Jonell McLain, Vice President of the Ventura Botanical Gardens and
member of their Board of Directors, gave a lively and interesting talk
about the organization’s vision for the Garden and the progress to
date. The occasion was the Soroptimists of Ventura monthly program
meeting on March 28th.
Ms. McLain talked about the community support for the concept with
charter members increasing from 100 to 1,000 in the five years since
their beginning and an
enormous volunteer crew. Many volunteers are credentialed
in fields needed to develop the gardens. The VBG has also gone from one
garden tour a year to four events this spring and monthly hikes. They
are also working with schools to get more kids interested in
interacting with the community and nature.
Jonell described the plans for this extensive park area above city
hall, along with visual displays of the various garden areas to be
planted in the park.
The Ventura Botanical Gardens is
holding its First Annual Garden Festival
at Grant Park, the
future home of the Ventura Botanical Gardens, on Saturday, April 21
, from 9 a.m.
until 4 p.m. There will be gardening workshops, children’s gardening
activities, food trucks, music, prizes, and an array of local vendors
specializing in plants, garden-related arts, and other items with an
emphasis on natural foods and renewable materials.
There will be handouts of seeds and cuttings and coupons, and
information for you to take home. The last workshop is at 2:30 p.m.,
giving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the Festival before we
close at 4:00 p.m.There will be children’s crafts that will engage
young imaginations as they make bird feeders and kites with the help of
Everyone is welcome!
This is a
family affair! Adult admission is $15 and children under 12 are free
with adult admissions. Tickets may be purchased at the event, or online
at VenturaBotanicalGardens.com. Park in the lot behind Ventura City
Hall where free shuttles, courtesy of Barber Ford, will take you up to
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