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The Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks

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Gardens of the World is a botanical garden in Thousand Oaks, California, situated directly across Thousand Oaks Boulevard from Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, within the downtown core of the city. Established in 2001, the park was given to the city by the owners of a local travel agency. It is home to a French garden and waterfall, an English rose garden, an Italian grapevine garden and a Japanese garden with koi ponds and a pagoda. The park is used for walking and picnicking, and guided tours of the gardens are available. The Californian Mission Courtyard includes native California flora and murals of the remaining 21 California Missions. There is also a statue of Father Junipero Serra in this part of the park. The botanical garden is 4.5 acres (1.8 ha).
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  • TGOTW is a beautiful-peaceful pocket of all things gardening right in the middle of Thousand Oaks. Unexpected, to say the least, as it’s surrounded by commerce & pedestrians, it becomes a much needed....  more
    TGOTW is a beautiful-peaceful pocket of all things gardening right in the middle of Thousand Oaks. Unexpected, to say the least, as it’s surrounded by commerce & pedestrians, it becomes a much needed....  more »
  • This place is free, and you get what you pay for. Please do yourself a favor and don't come here with children. You will be hunted and harassed like you're in "Predator" by this garden's obnoxious... 
    This place is free, and you get what you pay for. Please do yourself a favor and don't come here with children. You will be hunted and harassed like you're in "Predator" by this garden's obnoxious...  more »
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  • The Gardens of the World was beautiful, I wish it had more flower varieties and more liberty to take photos for remembrance - you can only take selfies 🤳! But it was a very nice place to relax and very serene especially at the Japanese garden. I think best to go is May. We went towards end of June and most flowers are fading away. I would love to see the Wisteria in bloom. Thank you, Gardens of the World for sharing your beauty to the public!
  • Beautiful! My first time here and wonder why I hadn't gone before! There are differing sections of a variety of garden styles from around the world. My favourite was the Japanese garden with bamboo and a koi fish pond! The gorgeous architecture, water features, atmosphere with so much plant life and nature makes you forget there's a main road right next to it. There's also a small spot with picnic benches. But, you need to make reservations for any big gatherings, can't just show up. My only issue is the small sparse number of parking spaces and the size of the parking spots that are available - we found a spot on a Saturday late morning, but you could park your car nearby and walk to the garden as well if you don't want to risk it. Doesn't seem like the place gets too crowded. But overall, beautiful and worth strolling through!

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