Charles L. Honn Botanical Garden, Gazebo & 'The Barn'
The Botanical Garden has been described as a “hidden gem” in Pleasant Valley. The cycles of native plants, flowers and trees make the garden appealing in every season. Plants are identified with signage. It has been designated as an urban bee lab for UC-Berkeley.
The garden is open during regular museum hours, and museum members may reserve time in the garden outside of regular museum hours.
Monarch butterflies thrive on the numerous wild tropical milkweed plants.
Visitors find the area relaxing just to sit, eat lunch, or watch the monarchs float over the garden.
The Gazebo is a 27' Amish Gazebo beautifully set in the middle of the garden. The gazebo can be reserved by PVHS Museum Members for small meetings or weddings; contact Joy at pvhBill@gmail.com, or leave a message using the 'Contact Us' form at the bottom of this page. To become a PVHS Museum Member, and make a reservation, is quick and easy, simply visit the Membership page of this website using the Membership button:
'The Barn', set alongside the garden walking path, is a 20' x 6' newer addition to our display areas. Four large viewing windows allow the visitor to view the extensive vintage collections from ranch, farm, garden, garage, kitchen and wood shop. Solar-powered lighting highlights the objects. The 85 lb. iron sign from the 1898 dedication of the Santa Clara River Bridge, naming the Ventura County Supervisors, hangs on the back wall.
The Lisa Kelly Mural
The Lisa Kelly Mural, located on the museum building east exterior wall, is a montage of Camarillo's sites and landmarks from the early 1900s. Completed in 2017, the mural depicts early Camarillo's agriculture based economy.
Lisa Kelly, born in Fremont Ohio, currently lives in Ventura California. Her professional artist career began with canvas art in 1979, and expanded to mural art in 1993. ◊ Lisa has exhibited canvas art in shows and galleries in Soho New York City, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills Ca, Sacramento California, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Ojai, Ventura, Oxnard, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara California. ◊ Lisa has created murals in and outside Kona Hawaii, Honolulu Hawaii, Carlsbad California up to Seattle Washington and East over to Las Vegas Nevada and just about everywhere in between.
The Lisa Kelly Mural is the only mural in Camarillo that depicts history of Pleasant Valley. ◊ Many visitors drive into the parking lot just to view and photograph the mural as it is available for viewing when the museum is closed. Viewing is better in the morning as the mural faces east into the morning sun (as when the below photograph as taken). ◊ With current museum building expansion soon to happen, many have expressed concern that it will be preserved. The mural will be preserved, and the new building is designed to feature it.