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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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Lovely place to spend time alone, with lover, or family

The gardens is a wonderful blend of horticulture, history, art, fun at the miniature railroad, and... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2009
Maria G
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San Francisco, California
Another gem on the Mendocino coast

Always pleased with my visits. Not a place to rush through. Stroll down to the ocean, find a... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2009
oldjgw
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Berkeley
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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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"festival of lights"
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"gift shop"
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"plants and flowers"
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"ocean bluffs"
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"the cliff"
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"mendocino coast"
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Reviewed July 24, 2009

The gardens is a wonderful blend of horticulture, history, art, fun at the miniature railroad, and breathtaking views of the coast. One can easily spend a half day there. The variety of plants give joy all year round. Last weekend (July) the dahlias were in...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2009

Always pleased with my visits. Not a place to rush through. Stroll down to the ocean, find a bench and look at the Pacific. It may be limited for some gardeners but appreciate what they have. Best time to visit is probably March, April or...More

2  Thank oldjgw
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

This is a very large botanical garden...it stretches out to the cliffs along the ocean. Beautiful scenery, and a great place to take the kids. Expect large open areas, windswept bluffs, and gorgeous views.

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Reviewed October 14, 2008

I loved the morning that we spent here. Unfortunately, my husband isn't all that fond of looking at plants and flowers. You could come here many times because different flowers are blooming during different seasons. Save plenty of time to explore - and wear sturdy...More

2  Thank ATerrapin
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Reviewed July 26, 2008

So much to see and experience with all the trails and hidden places to find. You'll spend more time here than you think (especially if you love plants and exploring) Well worth the price.

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Reviewed July 16, 2008

Wow!!!! What a great place to spend an hour, 2 hours, 4 hours. Even after reading all the reviews here, it surpassed our expectations. When we were here, the Dahlias were in full bloom and they were fabulous. What colors they displayed! They had a...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2008

Great place if you love flowers and plants. $10 entrance fee per adult. You walk around at your leisure and admire all of the growth. Goes all the way to cliffs overlooking the shore! Awesome view! Pack a lunch if you want.

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Reviewed May 6, 2008

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens was worth the $10 admission fee for the cliff-side ocean views alone. After a short hike off the main trail, we are greeted with some of the best ocean views I think we saw all trip. We visited in May...More

1  Thank SW-travelers
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Reviewed July 20, 2005

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens were a rare treat for my husband and me, in May. The Gardens are about 150 miles north of San Francisco and run from Highway One to the rugged Pacific Coast. They consist of 47 acres of gorgeous plants, which...More

12  Thank NCPhyl
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Reviewed July 17, 2005

We are so glad we decided to go here! We almost bypassed this beautiful place! Bring your camera for some great photo ops. It's only $7 per person, and well worth every penny. You can roam the grounds for hours! There are several paths that...More

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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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