A Smart Garden

      more than just a pretty space

"What exactly is a Smart Garden?"


  • drought-tolerant
  • sustainable
  • organic
  • low-maintenance
  • edible
  • native
  • butterfly-friendly
  • a hummingbird haven
  • a wildlife habitat
  • beautiful

more than just a pretty space.


A Smart Garden is also a brick-and-mortar nursery located in historic Downtown Ventura, California.  Our retail shop was built in the 1890's and features high ceilings, wood beams and large skylights.  We opened in 2017 with the goal of sharing the joy of gardening with others while providing climate-appropriate plants and organic supplies to help ensure environmental sustainability.   You can shop with confidence and peace of mind knowing that we have selected  products that will help your garden grow beautifully, naturally, without any unwanted side effects.  We also offer expert advice and gardening tips from seasoned plant professionals to help ensure your gardening success.


A Smart Garden offers frequent classes and workshops on a wide range of gardening topics, from Native Plant Propagation to Succulent Wreath Workshops and more taught by our staff of gardening experts and other local horticultural experts.  You can join us at one of our scheduled events, or bring your own group in for a private lecture or workshop--this option is great for Garden Clubs, Kids Classes, or Birthday Groups!

Click here for a complete list of Gardening Classes


A Smart Garden staff includes seasoned Landscape Professionals with experience in consulting, designing, installing and maintaining drought-tolerant landscapes.  We'll help you to transition your yard into a gorgeous, carefree garden that is easier to maintain and uses less water, allowing you more time to get out there and just enjoy it.  Bring in photos of the areas you want to improve, and we can help you select the best plants for your needs, plus provide easy-to-implement tips for improving your garden overnight!  The benefits of updating your garden?  Increased property value, energy savings, cooler temperatures, cleaner environment, natural wildlife habitat, homegrown food, less water use, fresh flowers for cutting and herbs for cooking, safer neighborhoods, and a lovely space to enjoy with family and friends! 

We are offering a special discount on products and free consultations for homeowners rebuilding after the Thomas Fire.  Because we are #StrongerTogether.



A Smart Garden now carries a large selection of California native plants grown by local horticultural expert Antonio Sanchez of Nopalito Natives.  The collection includes groundcovers, shrubs and flowering perennials in 3 sizes:  4" quarts, 1 gallons and 5 gallons.  We have 40 different plant varieties in stock! 


At A Smart Garden nursery, our seeds, vegetable starts, herb starts, soils, sprays and fertilizers are exclusively organic.  You can shop with confidence knowing that your choices will not inadvertently harm you, your family, your pets, local wildlife, groundwater or oceans.  Because that really matters.


  • "Such a charming shop with high quality plants and accessories--I love to just wander through it!  Other nurseries in town are so busy that they don't have time to answer your questions, but the atmosphere at "A Smart Garden" is completely different--welcoming, relaxing, and it just invites one to explore and try new and exotic plants in your garden!  The person who helped me was extremely patient, knowledgeable, and pleasant--she made me feel as if I were her only customer!  I will return to this store anytime I want to add something to my garden!"  - C.L

  • "The variety and choices are endless.  Wonderful customer service!" -  B.D.

  • "Beautiful store and all the employee asked if need any help thx so much..."  - T.H.

  • "Just a great place!"  - P.A.

  • "The plants are in perfect condition. Very appealing."  - L.D.

  • "Great nursery! I'll be back!"  - M.W.