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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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Unique botanical garden!

My family visited Mendocino last week, and we all loved this botanical garden. There are so many... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2016
Richard L
Austin, Texas

SO many beautiful flowers.....and the walk on the cliff had the best ocean scenery in Fort... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2016
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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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18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

My family visited Mendocino last week, and we all loved this botanical garden. There are so many unique plants in the garden and my parent really liked them. The is also a gorgeous view of ocean at the north end of the garden. My 3...More

Thank Richard L
Reviewed 3 April 2016

SO many beautiful flowers.....and the walk on the cliff had the best ocean scenery in Fort Bragg....we spent 3 hours here and wished we had time to spend more. We were concerned about how much walking is involved as we are seniors who have some...More

Reviewed 30 March 2016

If you enjoy gardening, don't miss this place. It is an amazing collection of plants from here and around the world. Take the fern trail and you are walking in a verdant canyon beside a stream heading to the ocean. The views from the bluff...More

Thank canoers
Reviewed 29 March 2016

What a wonderful way to spend a morning in Mendocino County. We arrived at opening and stayed until lunch. The gardens were larger than I expected.

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

These wonderful and extensive 47-acre gardens are a marvelous place to pass a couple of hours - a gardener and flower lovers delight. There are extensive paths through beautiful cultivated gardens, as well as a long path along the bluffs offering stunning ocean and coastal...More

Thank Michelelabelle
Reviewed 26 March 2016

47 acres of flowers, shrubs , trees and a wonderful little creek. All set on a bluff overlooking the wild Northern California Pacific. Something to see in every season. And they allow dogs on leashes now. There were a few children, but they must be...More

Thank Baba L
Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

While attending a seminar at this location I was able to walk the grounds and found a diverse plant and tree garden that was excellently maintained and full of wonders I highly recommend this private access to the ocean that I haven't even begun to...More

Thank Dan J
Reviewed 20 March 2016

We visited first thing on a Monday morning, after a huge storm the previous few days. The early rhododendrons had been badly battered by the rain, with most blossoms fallen on the ground. But it was still beautiful and worth a visit. We've been there...More

Thank ClaireWilson36
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Many beautiful gardens and beach view we sat on a cliff and saw whale spouts. Amazing. The visit is $18 per adult and has a beautiful garden gift shop.

Thank Mercedes R
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Best rhododendron collection in the US. Acres on manicured gardens highlighting plants for local area. Large selection available in tidy nursery. Opportunity to whale watch from ocean side bluffs

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I'm planning my visit to the Fort Bragg area in May. How much time should I allow to visit the gardens? Thank
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
Do we need to buy admission ticket?
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
How much do you charge for entrance Fee
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