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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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Worth a visit

We had visited these gardens years ago in the summer. Beautiful grounds at any time of year. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Disappointment saved only by the dalias

I'm sure the issue was the time of year. When more flowers are blooming in the spring I imagine... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Leslie F
Henderson, Nevada
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had visited these gardens years ago in the summer. Beautiful grounds at any time of year. The dahlias and heather were the highlight for our late August visit. I wish the historic house was restored and available to tour with a history of how...More

Thank Book8441
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm sure the issue was the time of year. When more flowers are blooming in the spring I imagine it's much better. You walk into the main area and it has a lovely garden and you think "this is going to be great" then after...More

Thank Leslie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happened to visit on "Retro Day" which means we go for $2/person. This made the visit all the more special. The gift shop had adorable gifts and jewelry. The gardens are spread out over several acres. I like the multiple signs and benches along...More

Thank lefthand72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just between Mendocino and Ft. Bragg are gorgeous Botanical Gardens. Park for free, but then pay to get in (some lodgings sell admission tickets half price). Pick a pathway to walk through the gardens at a leisurely pace. Make it out to "Cliff House" which...More

Thank Irene S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every chance we get, we visit these lovely gardens. It's always a treat to see what's in bloom. The gardens are also family and pet friendly.

Thank Kendra S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most amazing gardens I've been too. Incredible colors, display, and lands. We'd debated taking the day to go hiking, and I'm so glad we went here instead. If I lived in that area, would visit regularly.

Thank dc222
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. My husband and I were camping with our dogs, and found this place while researching dog friendly spots. The grounds are gorgeous! The entire place is pretty big, with trails leading through all kinds of different gardens and along some grassy bluffs overlooking the...More

Thank jweezie931
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful presentation of plants in their native environment. There are many tags identifying the type of plants throughout the grounds. Just wish we could put many of the examples in our own landscaping, but alas, out heat and wind would obliterate many of these...More

Thank Aloha3102
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to the botanical gardens. It is a treasure and we now understand it is one of the fifth the best in the United States. Amazing for such a small town. This is a mature garden with many different sections to...More

Thank mariposa67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to walk with your dog. The trail through the gardens out to the coast is somewhat paved and easy. Beautiful gardens and so much to see. Highly recommend!

Thank Lakegirl777
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18 February 2017|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi! Our property is 47 acres and about 1/2 mile to the ocean from the entrance (one-way). We usually recommend at least one and a half hours to see all of the collections and areas of interest. Our Café will be open in May... More
Grace W
14 October 2016|
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Response from Candace F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, general admission:(over 18) $14 senior (over 65) $10 junior (5-17) $5 group (12 or more) $7.50
12 June 2016|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi there! We have a range of admission fees, see below: $14.00 General (18 and older) $10.00 Seniors (65 and older) $ 7.00 MCRPD Resident (Gualala to Westport) $ 7.00 Active Duty Military Personnel $ 5.00 Juniors (aged... More