Written by: Nina Sensenbaugh
My grandson and I spent a summer day at the Clovis Botanical Gardens this year. The plants are absolutely magnificent year round! Our day trip was eventful with lots fun and laughter, and we can’t wait to return during the Fall/Winter to experience the changes, and look of the gardens.
We first stopped at the gift shop to load up on water. While at the gift shop my grandson spotted some interesting looking stickers, and of course, grandma just had to buy those for him. On our way out of the gift shop, the many lizards crawling and running around outside gave us a few moments of entertainment. We had a lot of fun watching them as they scurried away to find a hiding place from the visitors.
The Clovis Botanical Gardens
The Clovis Botanical Gardens is a three-acre water-wise demonstration garden composed of beautiful plants, and landscapes specifically unique to the San Joaquin Valley. This gem is completely run by a group of dedicated volunteers who make sure the plants thrive during the hot summers, and continue to live during the cool winters. The purpose of the Clovis Botanical Gardens is to promote water conservation, while providing education, and inspiration to the public.
The Inspiration Behind the Idea
The idea of such an oasis of beauty was presented to the Clovis City Council in 1993 by Gordon Russell. Russell was inspired by his visits to other botanical gardens, and he realized that the San Joaquin Valley could richly benefit from his experience. In 1995 legal non-profit status was granted to the Clovis Botanical Garden Committee, Inc.
There are several events that take place at the Clovis Botanical Gardens year round. Twilight Thursdays takes place mid September-early October. A $1 donation is requested at the gate for live concerts, and family enjoyment. Family style picnic dinners are encouraged at the events.
There is an upcoming Water Wise Plant Sale on October 21, 8 am-1 pm. A VIP showing is available on October 20, 5 pm – 7 pm
Location/Hours of Operation
The Clovis Botanical Garden is located at 945 N. Clovis Avenue, Clovis, CA 93611. It is open Wednesday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Please note: The garden is closed for the holidays on January 1, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24 & 25.
For more information regarding the Clovis Botanical Gardens you may call (559) 298-3091 OR email firstname.lastname@example.org.