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Conejo Valley Botanic Garden - Thousand Oaks

Conejo Valley Botanic GardenThe Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is a 33 acre retreat of hiking trails and natural habitat adjacent to Conejo Community Park off of Lynn Road and Gainsborough. 

CVBG now offers plant sales (weather permitting) every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. featuring California native and drought tolerant plants. Reasonable prices! Enter at the Kids' Adventure Garden entrance (W. Gainsborough Road at Jeaunine Dr. between Lynn and Moorpark Roads.

This is really a special place to bring the kids for low key hike.  There are numerous trails and a short walk/hike to the top of the mountain rewards you with sweeping views of the entire Conejo Valley, from Westlake Village to Thousand Oaks to Newbury Park.

Here is what you'll find at the CVBG:

  • The Nature Trail is 3/4 of a mile long and meanders above the creek through oaks and willows.  This is a moderate trail.
  • The Little Loop Trail leads you above the creek, through chaparral and around a meadow.
  • The Native Plant Section and Lower Meadow feature southern and northern California plants.
  • Lillian's Meadow showcases perennials, shrubs and trees that thrive with minimal water.
  • The Salvia Garden delights hummingbirds and butterflies. 
  • The Butterfly Garden is a safe haven that provides nectar and food sources for butterflies and caterpillars.
  • The Nursery houses workspace for the plant propogation team and hosts plant sales.
  • The Herb Garden exhibits an extensive and unusual collection of medicinal, kitchen and aromatic herbs.
  • The Bird Habitat has a fresh water source and is planted with native plants that provide year-round food source for birds.
  • The Australian Section features collection of plants from down under.
  • The Desert Garden hilltop landscape features cacti, succulents and desert trees and provides a panoramic view of the Conejo Valley.
  • The Rare Fruit Orchard holds an extensive collection of trees.
  • The Tranquility Garden is planted in the Japanese style featuring California native plants.
  • The Oak Tree Grove has many species of North American and other oak trees.
  • The Trail of Trees exhibits 50 trees with a variety of genera.

If you have small kids, they will love the Kids' Adventure Garden and treehouse, but it is only open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  They'll enjoy hiking through the trails and exploring the streams and bridges.

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is located at 350 West Gainsborough Road, Thousand Oaks.  For more information visit www.conejogarden.org or call 805.494.7630.

Desert Garden at the top of the hill, featuring cacti, succulents, etc.Japanese style Tranquility Garden featuring native California plants

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