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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 creative volunteers.

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 Park in the lot behind Ventura City Hall where free shuttles, courtesy of Barber Ford, will take you up to the Festival.

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