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Conejo Valley Botanical & Kid's Garden

Ventura, CA
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Conejo Valley Botanical & Kid's Garden, Ventura California

Description

Conejo Valley Botanical Garden is an inspiring place to take a walk. Paths lead past fields of colorful wildflowers (in spring) and clusters of matilija poppies to the top of the hill where panoramic views await. Benches for reflection are strategically placed throughout. Kids really spark up here and the whole family will be in a great mood! The views of neighborhoods, hills, and valleys are lovely.
Take a while to enjoy the cactus garden with its interesting shapes. Conejo Valley Botanical Garden is also known for its wide range of sage plants and rare fruit trees.
Come on a Sunday between 11 and 3 to see the imaginative kid's garden. It contains a crooked treehouse made from a carved-out tree trunk, a "flowerbed" in a wooden bedframe, a dragon peeping out at you from an embankment, a tropical hut with skull entrance, a table with tea sets and wooden tree stumps, a fountain with frog and alligator sculptures, a topiary rabbit, statues, a butterfly-shaped bench, and a real stream that flows past. The sweet pitcher plants by the fountain are gorgeous.
Across the parking lot from the botanical garden is Conejo Community Park with rolling hills, bridge over a stream, oak trees, and an awesome playground with rock-climbing formations connected by ropes.
If you're hungry, drive over and enjoy a gourmet sandwich on the pretty patio outside the food court at The Oaks Mall.

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Uphill path at the botanical garden.
Uphill path at the botanical garden.
Looking through branches at a hill covered in wildflowers.
Looking through branches at a hill covered in wildflowers.
Bird in a tree. Serenity.
Bird in a tree. Serenity.
Bench amongst yellow flowers.
Bench amongst yellow flowers.
Wildflowers and views.
Wildflowers and views.
Views!
Views!
Matilija poppies are so delicate-looking.
Matilija poppies are so delicate-looking.
I loved the cactus garden!
I loved the cactus garden!
Golden light hits the cactus garden.
Golden light hits the cactus garden.
Cactus flower forming an arch over the path!
Cactus flower forming an arch over the path!
Happy, chunky cactus.
Happy, chunky cactus.
It's so peaceful to sit and take in the views at Conejo Valley Botanical Garden!
It's so peaceful to sit and take in the views at Conejo Valley Botanical Garden!
These cacti look fuzzy but don't be fooled!
These cacti look fuzzy but don't be fooled!
Butterfly bench in the kid's garden.
Butterfly bench in the kid's garden.
"Flowerbed"!
"Flowerbed"!
Sweet pitcher plant in the kid's garden.
Sweet pitcher plant in the kid's garden.
Sweet pitcher plants.
Sweet pitcher plants.
Stream and tree to climb, in the kid's garden.
Stream and tree to climb, in the kid's garden.
Dragon popping up from the embankment!
Dragon popping up from the embankment!
Serene landscape at the kid's garden.
Serene landscape at the kid's garden.
Kids can climb in this little bee hive.
Kids can climb in this little bee hive.
The fountain with frog and alligator lurking...
The fountain with frog and alligator lurking...
The crooked treehouse and flowerbed!
The crooked treehouse and flowerbed!
Birdhouse.
Birdhouse.
Someone had fun building this treehouse!
Someone had fun building this treehouse!
You crawl into a carved out tree trunk!
You crawl into a carved out tree trunk!
Birdbath sculpture of children under an umbrella.
Birdbath sculpture of children under an umbrella.
A tea party in the woods. Little girls play happily here for a long time.
A tea party in the woods. Little girls play happily here for a long time.
Rabbit topiary.
Rabbit topiary.
Hut with skull entrance.
Hut with skull entrance.

Directions

Conejo Valley Botanical Garden is located at 350 West Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks, call (805) 494-7630.
Exit Highway 101 at Lynn Rd and head north. After a 3/4 mile, turn right on Gainsborough Rd. Turn right at the sign for the garden, on Jeaunine Dr.
Open daily 7-5. Closed on major holidays.
Kid's Garden open Sunday 11-3.
Admission to both gardens is free.

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Last Updated Sun, 06 Nov 2011 00:47:54 GMT