The Gardens of the World in Newbury Park is a cultural landmark that commemorates the world’s varied cultures. Visitors can experience the beauty of plants and flowers from around the globe. As a community service, the Gardens of the World also hosts live jazz concerts and offers educational programs. Those who wish to visit the gardens can do so for free.
Located across the street from the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and across from the main downtown area of Thousand Oaks, the Gardens of the World are a 4.5-acre site dedicated to showcasing gardens from around the world. Established in 2001, the gardens feature different styles of garden design. These include Japanese, Italian, French, California Mission, and more. With the help of volunteer docents, visitors can explore the diverse collections of plants.
Visitors can see nine exhibits at the Gardens of the World throughout the year. One of the most popular exhibitions is the annual Sakura Matsuri festival, which features over 70 trees and flowers blooming. In addition, the gardens feature a wetland trail and 50 acres of old-growth woodlands. Among the other exhibits are an azalea garden and a wisteria-covered bridge.
During the summer, the Gardens of the World presents a jazz concert series. During this time, a variety of top jazz musicians will perform. The concerts will be held on four Sundays in August. The concert series will include music from the likes of Elmer Hopper, John Mills Jr., and Susie Hansen, who will be playing her electric violin. Other musicians on the stage will be the Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Orchestra, which will feature the Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Late Nite Big Band.
Another popular exhibit is the Shakespeare Garden. Featuring plants that were mentioned in various works by William Shakespeare, the garden combines ancient and contemporary themes. It also features a beautiful chain fountain that is inspired by historic Italian architecture.
There are a number of other gardens to see at the Gardens of the World. The Italian Garden, for example, features a row of distinctive cypress trees. Additionally, the Japanese Garden features a Koi pond and authentic Japanese Pagoda. Also, the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is the first Japanese-inspired garden in the United States.
Visitors can also tour the Californian Mission Courtyard, which contains murals of 21 of the remaining California Missions. This is one of the most beautiful parts of the garden. Along with the murals, the garden also includes native California flora.
Other highlights include the English Perennial & Rose Garden, which features a large collection of different rose varieties. Additionally, the YSL Garden features a collection of Yves Saint Lauren’s textiles from North Africa.
As a community service, the Gardens of World offers educational programs and civic-minded programs. In addition, the Hogan Family Foundation runs a host of humanitarian efforts. The Foundation also encourages entrepreneurship.
Whether you want to relax on the benches, listen to the music, or enjoy the flowers, the Gardens of the World will be a pleasant and peaceful experience. The gardens are open to the public on Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm.