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Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, Thousand Oaks

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Conejo Valley Botanic Garden is located in Thousand Oaks, California, and consists of a peak with vista views along with 15 hillside botanical gardens. It provides a teaching laboratory for what flora works and what does not work in the Conejo Valley.
The 33-acre (13.6 ha) site consists of a vast variety of endemic plants, water-conserving plants, oak trees, and indigenous wildlife. A children’s garden area was added in March 2003, known as Kids’ Adventure Garden. Although the garden itself keeps open most days, Kids’ Adventure Garden and nursery plant sales are only open on certain days. Admission to the garden is free.
Although its main entrance is found at 400 West Gainsborough Road, it is also accessible from Conejo Community Park, located at the intersection of Hendrix and Dover Avenues.
The property was first acquired in 1973, while the first parts of the botanical gardens began to emerge in 1976. It is operated by the nonprofit Conejo Valley Botanic Garden, Inc. It lies across the street from Tarantula Hill, the highest point in Thousand Oaks.
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  • Big and lots of space to walk through and sit. Walk or drive to top hill and park. From there you can walk to your right (West) and go sit down and eat under umbrellas or continue on into Coy fish... 
    Big and lots of space to walk through and sit. Walk or drive to top hill and park. From there you can walk to your right (West) and go sit down and eat under umbrellas or continue on into Coy fish...  more »
  • We stumbled upon this botanical garden and we were delighted to have found it. Entrance to the gardens is free, but donations are requested. There are different garden areas representing different... 
    We stumbled upon this botanical garden and we were delighted to have found it. Entrance to the gardens is free, but donations are requested. There are different garden areas representing different...  more »
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  • Nice place, quiet and well kept, saw lots of work being done to improve gardens with saplings of various plants. Easy to navigate trails and surrounding hills real nice. In the field next to it we saw a hawk hunting critters in the fields, going from tree to tree looking down, talons at the ready. Inside saw lots of small wildlife, fun.
  • Peaceful Thursday afternoon walking the garden. The park has a nice combination of sun & shade and the views are awesome. Definitely a place to check out the sunset. Will have to come back for that. I really enjoyed sitting in the bird habitat area. Saw butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, & rabbits. The only important issue is the restroom situation. The restroom at the parking lot by the Kid's Adventure Garden is only opened if the group picnic area is in use. Not happy that I had to walk to the community center at the adjacent park. I did see a porta potty inside the gardens but who wants to use that in 80 degree weather.

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