Planting in partnership for the 150th Anniversary

Volunteers replanted the Peace Garden located in Plaza Park.

The Ventura Botanical Gardens (VBG) in partnership with the City of Ventura began the dirty but rewarding work of replanting the Peace Garden at Plaza Park, in celebration of the City’s 150th Anniversary.

Volunteers came out for the new dig, planting yellow Nemesia in two hundred square feet of newly turned dirt. The Nemesia is a drought-tolerant plant that thrives without daily irrigation. The planting design took the shape of the numbers “150” in commemoration of the City’s anniversary.

The Peace Garden, originally planted in 2008, was created as a symbol of hope for the future, in honor of those who have given their lives to protect our freedom.

Bob Warnagieris, board member of VBG stated “Digging in the dirt is part of the fun of the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Seeing the wonderful results of our hard work and the community engagement makes it so worthwhile.”

Joe Cahill, VBG Executive Director said, “With our City partners, we worked together to beautify this area at Plaza Park. In keeping with our mission and with a focus on sustainability and being green, this project ties in well with the vision for the future of the VBG.”

The Ventura Botanical Gardens and the City of Ventura hope that the new Peace Garden will provide a place for remembrance, inspiration and reflection.


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