The Clovis Botanical Garden grew out of an idea presented to the Clovis City Council in 1993 by Gordon Russell. By 1995 legal non-profit status was granted to the Clovis Botanical Garden Committee, Inc. In 1998 a suitable site was located on Clovis city parkland. Then city council member Patricia Wynne and Planning Director John Wright suggested a one acre pilot project as a start. State Assemblyman Mike Briggs facilitated a state grant and ground was broken in March 2002. The California Garden Club planted the first tree, a valley oak, in November. It is called the Freedom Tree to commemorate 9/11/2001. In 2008, an increase in visitors, tours, and requests for events outgrew the available space and a plan for expanding to a four-acre garden was proposed. Broussard Associates Landscape Architects, provided landscape concepts while architect, William Blayney of HMC Architects, provided building concepts for the Visitor and Education Centers. The plans were approved by the Clovis city council in June 2011.

Download the Conceptual Landscape Plan [PDF, 2.4 MB]

To complete the expansion of the three acres by adding a Home Demonstration Garden and Children’s Garden. Install a Sensory Garden and construct a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified ‘green’ visitor’s center.
To promote water conservation in the Central Valley by developing gardens, programs and exhibits to inspire and educate the public.
To become the premier regional garden for demonstrating wise water use in the Central Valley landscapes.


Board of Directors

President: Anne Clemons, Vice President: Tom Delany, Secretary: Nelda Lewis, Treasurer: Patricia Wynne, Perry Coy, Elsabe Kruger, Carolyn Dickson, Andrea Reed
Advisory Board – Eric Aller, Shari Boggess, John Bushoven, Karin Chao-Bushoven, Nancy Morrison
Membership/Office Manager – Andrea Reed, Publicity and Newsletter – Open Position, Volunteers – Georgia Porcella, Horticultural Consultant – Susan Stiltz