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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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Address: 18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
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+1 707-964-4352
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays...

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers. With manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, native flora and habitats, fern-covered canyons, camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and conifers, heaths and heathers, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue ocean, the garden is a jewel on the Pacific Coast.

Open daily except the Saturday after Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. March-October 9am-5pm, November-February 9am-4pm.

Rhody's Cafe, located in the Gardens, serves fresh, locally made lunches, coffee drinks, desserts, and Cowlicks'Hand Made Ice Cream. Picnic lunches are available. Open April-September, 11am-4pm.

The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe.

~Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.~

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The gardens are beautiful. Rhododendrons in bloom now and lots of them. Beautiful path heads out the the ocean. Slightly steep, but lots of benches on the way. We spent 1.5 hours... read more

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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are beautiful. Rhododendrons in bloom now and lots of them. Beautiful path heads out the the ocean. Slightly steep, but lots of benches on the way. We spent 1.5 hours on the trail and covered the whole loop. It is $15 per person, but worth it. Nice gift shop and plants for sale. We were only sorry we... More 

Thank Dansker58
Pleasanton, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We picked a lovely time of year to visit these excellent gardens. All the rhododendrons & azelias as well as spring flowers were in full bloom. Very nice walking paths throughout the 47 acre property added to the pleasure of spending several hours there happily.

Thank Julie N
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you're into beautifully maintained plant life and gardens you can't go wrong. Excellent ocean front view/walk on 40+ acres crisscrossed with trails and streams (at least when we were there in April 2017)

Thank Jeff S
Hilo, Hawaii
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Their cafe served a wonderful lunch. The gardens were beautifully laid out and in series led to a coastal overlook. This is a very good attraction and you can spend an hour to 2 or 3 here. Rhododendrons were in bloom and that made the visit even more memorable.

Thank HLW648
Sebastopol, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We get to Ft. Bragg maybe once or twice a year, and when we do, we almost almost always make sure to take in the Gardens. For one thing, they change with the seasons, and so there's always something new and different to see. Plus, even the inner gardens are quite large and varied in terms of plantings. This past... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in Sept 2016, I had no idea the extent of these gardens which lead out to the ocean. If you love flowers and nature, don't miss this enchanting spot on your visit to the area. That and the wineries were the highlights. Bring a picnic lunch and sit by the ocean.

Thank juliefromATX
Antelope, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a refreshing stop while exploring the Ft. Bragg/Mendocino area! My husband and I enjoyed a stroll through the gardens all the way to the ocean bluffs. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff, breathtaking views, and many benches to stop and take it all in along the way. It's a long walk all the way to the ocean, but well worth... More 

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Napa, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit was a little early in the season, but these gardens are gorgeous. The rhododendrons are amazing. Lots of great walking paths, even out to the bluffs for great views of the coastline. Well worth a visit.

Thank keldecker9
Anderson, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the many varieties of plants & flowers. Beautiful lanscaping with a pond with lilly pads was very nice. The knowledgeable staff was helpful & friendly. We would go here again when in town.

Thank cookwarren
Davis, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right now the rhododendrons and azaleas are bursting with colorful blooms. These gardens are a feast for the eyes and peace for the soul. Sculpture sprinkled throughout adds more interest. Strolling through the varied plants on different paths to the ocean is a great way to spend a couple of hours. I always want to come home and garden. A... More 

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