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Friday, January 2, 2015

Visit Conejo Valley Botanical Garden - Hidden Gardens L.A. #4

On a recent trek to Thousand Oaks, CA, we happened upon the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden. This Hidden Garden is slightly west of Los Angeles, but definitely a local hidden treasure.


Maintained by community efforts, this quiet hillside Botanical Garden encompasses 33 acres of different garden areas and wildlife habitat with views of Thousand Oaks’ rolling hills. The large area provides space for a variety of oaks and bird species that depend on these magnificent trees. We saw acorn and Nuttall’s woodpeckers, as well as a northern red-shafted flicker.

Look For:

  • Fifteen specific garden areas: including rare fruit, bird habitat, oaks, sage, native and drought tolerant species
  • Water features: a small stream and waterfall in the bird garden which attracts a range of birds
  • Wildlife: not only does the area attract birds, look for mammals as well, like the introduced eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger), and local reptiles like the western fence lizards (Sceloporus occitentalis)

Special Opportunities: The vistas are beautiful and the range of vegetation offers flowering plants even in winter. Native plant areas provide an example of how you can create wild California habitat in your own yard. Plants are well labeled and well-established specimens show plant size.

The Specifics:

  • Open - Daily, except holidays, 8 AM to Sunset; Free to the public.
  • Parking - Ample free parking
  • Restrooms - Adjacent at the park community center
  • Kid Friendly - In general a wonderful “wild” place to explore. There is also a "Kid’s Adventure Garden" and a play area in the adjacent park.
  • Accessibility - Pathways vary from wide with minimal grade to narrow trails with steps. A varied stroll through the garden is possible on the wider path and signs do note “slope.” Pushing a wheelchair through the garden is possible with effort.
  • Dogs - Dogs are welcome on a leash. Make sure to clean-up after your pet and be respectful of wildlife.
  • Restrictions - Parking may be less available on weekends as the park is used by local picnickers and sporting groups.
For More Information: Conejo Valley Botanical Garden website

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