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This afternoon, my dad and I decided to visit the Thousand Oaks Botanical Gardens. I’ve lived in this county almost my whole life and never knew they existed (:O) so we grabbed our DSLRs and headed out to see what we could find.
The entrance to the gardens is nothing to write home about. In fact the gardens themselves are very simple and little maintenance seems to have been done to either the plants or the signage. It’s a good thing I had printed the map from their website or we would have been quite lost.
The pathways are cleared though so no fear of getting lost unless you wander too far off the trail. Also, the specific gardens, i.e. the Butterfly Garden and Bird Habitat, are clearly labeled once you find them (it’s just a matter of finding the gardens, lol).
There appears to be a children’s park but parents be warned that it is only open Sundays from 11am-3pm and that the Botanical Gardens in general closes every day at 5pm. There is plenty of signage warning you to be out before they lock the gates at 5pm.
All in all, there is a nice nature trail that gives you great panoramic views of Thousand Oaks and some lovely little gardens sprinkled throughout.
Do you have a favorite garden to visit in the Los Angeles and Ventura County areas? Do share and I hope you can also enjoy a romp through the Thousand Oaks Botanical Gardens.
Joy Michelle x