Ventura Botanical Gardens
A Slideshow DVD with Music
Kenneth P. Grant and Eugene P. Foster were good friends with a mutual interest in preserving park lands and donating them for the public to enjoy in the early 1900s. These two historical philanthropists created Grant Park.
In 2005, the Ventura Botanical Gardens, located within the boundaries of Grant Park, had its beginnings with an idea among friends. It progressed to a formal lease with the City of Ventura that was signed in 2011, with physical work beginning in June 2012. These 107 acres within the park have impressively transformed since then, with numerous donors showing support for the gardens by creating artistic stone benches and monuments along Demonstration Trail.
Having walked Demonstration Trail many times by the end of December 2015, I was seriously considering a photographic study of the gardens, and made it my New Year’s resolution. Between January 10 and May 14, 2016, I made about 30 visits, adding up to nearly 100 hours walking all over the site taking photographs. Most walks began before dawn, hoping for those rare, crystal clear and crisp winter mornings. Fortunately, enough rain occurred in late Winter and into Spring that the botanical gardens turned green with life and with a wide variety of flowers blooming as well. The vivid color lasted about 4 to 6 weeks, ample time to gather the necessary images to follow through with making a DVD of the gardens.
The images shown in the slideshow below are a sampling of those that make up the Ventura Botanical Gardens DVD.
The DVD may be purchased here with a link to PayPal and Credit Card options. I am donating a portion of the sales to the Ventura Botanical Gardens. By purchasing a DVD you will be supporting their efforts to provide and enhance a most unique destination in Ventura, California.
I hope you will enjoy both the DVD and the actual gardens themselves.
Phil Foster Ranger