Gardening Resources

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Compost Workshops

The City does not currently have any compost workshops scheduled, however you can watch a previously recorded Introduction to Composting on our composting page. In this 40 minute video titled "Breaking it Down With Doctor Compost", Eric Werbalowsky of Ventura Organic Garden Design (aka "Doctor Compost") provides an entertaining overview of backyard composting basics, giving viewers the knowledge they need to begin composting on their own. DVD copies of this presentation are also available for free check-out from the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library and the Newbury Park Library.

Free Mulch and Compost

The Public Works Department's Landscape Division provides free mulch on an ongoing first come, first served basis to City residents. When available, chipped wood trimmings from City landscape projects are deposited in an enclosure located in the parking lot median between the Thousand Oaks Library and the Goebel Senior Center at 1385 East Janss Road. Bring your own shovels and bags and help yourself.    Also, any resident from any city can go to the Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility in Calabasas to pickup a free load of compost every Saturday, 8am to 1pm. The facility is located at 3700 Las Virgenes Rd. in Calabasas.  The compost is available for self loading only, so bring your own sealable bags or containers. For more information, visit the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District's website.

Community Gardens

Las Flores Community Garden

The Las Flores Community Garden offers rental plots to Thousand Oaks residents who would like to organically grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers. Tools and water are provided. Occasional workshops and meetings are held to share information and fresh produce!

The garden is managed by a non-profit volunteer board, in cooperation with the Conejo Recreation and Parks District. For more information visit

California True Colors Garden and Learning Center
This garden area in front of the Goebel Adult Center in Thousand Oaks showcases a variety of garden types in one location, including the anchor garden, the California Garden, the Mediterranean Garden, the Australian Garden, the Chilean Garden, and the South African Garden.  You can find photos of the garden and more information about it at the Master Gardeners of Ventura County website.

Ventura County Master Gardeners Sustainable Gardening Workshops

Each year the Ventura County Master Gardeners offer a series of free gardening workshops to the Goebel Center in Thousand Oaks (1385 East Janss Road).  Workshops cover a wide variety of topics and incorporate environmentally friendly gardening practices.  Generally, workshops are held on Saturday mornings.  Attendance is FREE; however, advance registration is required.

For more information about the Ventura County Master Gardeners, visit the Master Gardener Website at

Want to be notified about upcoming seminars, workshops and gardening news? Click here to sign up for the Ventura County Master Gardener E-Newsletter

Got Gardening Questions?  Call the Master Gardener Home Gardening Helpline!  Call Tuesday or Thursday, 1-4 pm to reach the Helpline at the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Ventura
(805) 645-1455 or email


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