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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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Sweet spot

A fantastic seaside massive garden. I've been there many times and I think Dahlia time is my... read more

Reviewed yesterday
JadeManSam
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Mendocino, California
Beautiful!

We lucked out and were here during the rhododendron blooming season. There were spots on our walk... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
phh26541
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Carmel, California
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
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+1 707-964-4352
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"vegetable garden"
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"dahlia garden"
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"formal gardens"
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"festival of lights"
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"gift shop"
in 60 reviews
"plants and flowers"
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"ocean bluffs"
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"the cliff"
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"few hours"
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"mendocino coast"
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"couple of hours"
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"entrance fee"
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"take your time"
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"beautiful walk"
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Reviewed yesterday

A fantastic seaside massive garden. I've been there many times and I think Dahlia time is my favorite

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We lucked out and were here during the rhododendron blooming season. There were spots on our walk through the garden that were overwhelming - flowers cascading like water falls and the variety of colors amazing. Give yourself time to walk out to the bluff area...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow this place is absolutely amazing. We were their in May 12th 2018. Right when the rhododendrons were blooming. We didn't even know abou tem so just got lucky. What a site. Everything in that garden is to die for . It's like a storybook...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You must visit these gardens, the most perfect beautiful, colourful, thoughtfully arranged and spectacular open space experience we have had in years, add to this the coastal walks, lovely cafe and interesting good value gift shop run by enthusiastic friendly staff you have the perfect...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden is just beautiful. We walked out to the headland which is lovely. It’s a very nicely laid out garden with something for everyone. They also have electric scooters with you have mobility issues. They allow dogs into the gardens which is nice.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just love walking around and see all the flowers in bloom. I love that this property was owned by a family long ago, you can fee the history when you walk through all the great little paths. It is a nice walk, you can...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an awesome experience small enough to do in a few hours. Beautiful gardens and ocean cliff experience. Have paved walking path great for wheelchair and strollers and more rugged paths for a short hike. Paths are clearly marked so u know what you...More

Thank Dannamy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Living in the Sierra foothills, we manage a week in Mendocino only once a year and we always visit these charming gardens. When one realizes that all this magnificence is the result of enthusiastic volunteer labor, it’s all the more impressive! At this time of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have made an annual trip here for over 30 years. We try to visit within two weeks either side of May 1 to catch the rhododendron bloom, but earlier, the camilla garden is the star attractions as are the heather and dahlia gardens in...More

Thank Michael J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Forty-three acres of beautiful gardens. Among them, forest, perineal, rhododendron, vegetable and many more. Include a walk to the ocean and a nursery selling many of the plants that are on display and you have a truly unique garden. A full day would not be...More

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Avanti P
May 10, 2018|
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Response from Margaret W | Reviewed this property |
don't know if any rhododendrons will still be blooming, kind of late, may be other plants flowering, and the garden should be going well.
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ManYee D
February 5, 2018|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hello! We have rhododendrons blooming as early as December but peak bloom is normally between April and mid-May. We are hosting the annual Rhododendron Show on May 5 and 6 this year. The event regularly includes around 800... More
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ManYee D
February 5, 2018|
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Response from Evie B | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I don’t know...but am sure of you were to look on the website it may tell you. Evie
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