Alta Vista Botanical Gardens

Barb here from Around The Town!

I would like to introduce you to Nancy Jones, aka Farmer Jones. Nancy has been associated with Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in different capacities since 2009. 

Perhaps she is most known for teaching the fun and educational Kids in The Gardens Classes each month, but I’d say she has a hand in just about everything they do. I sat down with Nancy recently to ask her some questions about the gardens.

Barb:  Hi Nancy!  What precautions should we take when visiting at this time?

Nancy: Social distancing (6 feet apart) is a must, as are facial coverings. 

Barb: Are there any events going on right now?

Nancy: There are Yoga on the Lawn classes held in the Heritage Rose Garden! They are limited to 10 people and are $10 for members and $12 for non-members. See our web page for class schedule and for instructions about how to sign up.

There are also monthly Kids in the Garden classes, held on Saturdays. On the website, there is a place where you can sign up to receive emails about garden activities.

Planning is currently in motion for the 12th annual Fall Festival. There will be some modifications this year of course, but all are welcome to come out on October 10th to enjoy the lovely gardens.

Barb: What can one expect when they visit?

Nancy: The peaceful gardens are filled with amazing plants and trees from all over the world. Everywhere you look, there are beautiful and whimsical sculptures and works of art.

There are places to sit, relax and take in the views. There is a fun Children’s Garden with all kinds of delights for little ones. FYI, leashed dogs are welcome to join you, as long as you clean up after them



Monday-Friday:  8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Weekends:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.


$5 for non-member adults
$3 for children ages 3-12
Under 2 are free!
Memberships are available and highly encouraged!

The Districts



Rich with Vista’s heritage including Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Rancho Guajome Adobe and Vista Skate Park


Easy Hwy. 78 access to commercial district of shops and restaurants including the famous Vista Farmer’s Market


Vista’s “walk-around” Downtown Arts District featuring theaters, restaurants, six craft breweries, dozens of independent shops, music venues and public art everywhere


Home to many of Vista’s famous craft beverage spots including beer, wine, kombucha, hard seltzer along with many onsite restaurants