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“Wouldn’t miss it for the world!”

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Fort Bragg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.~
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed May 2, 2018 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 the year, the rhododendrons are in full bloom and they do look beautiful!
When you visit, take your time to meander through the grounds and take in all there is to see.
The reward, at the halfway point is to reach the Headlands where the ice plants are in bloom. The diversity of color is amazing! The sea view isn’t half bad either.
If you visit the gardens once, you’ll return again and again, hopefully at different seasons when you can enjoy different specimens at their peak.

Thank Donasdhu
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"vegetable garden"
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"dahlia garden"
in 61 reviews
"full bloom"
in 56 reviews
"formal gardens"
in 14 reviews
"festival of lights"
in 13 reviews
"gift shop"
in 63 reviews
"plants and flowers"
in 18 reviews
"ocean bluffs"
in 17 reviews
"the cliff"
in 40 reviews
"few hours"
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"couple of hours"
in 21 reviews
"mendocino coast"
in 37 reviews
"entrance fee"
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"take your time"
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"beautiful walk"
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"for sale"
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"dahlias"
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

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 the fall. The garden is full of many other floral delights, trees from all over the world and an impressive succulent garden. They have a demonstration vegetable/fruit garden that I envy every time I visit. The gardens' size has doubled several time over the past many years; all the work is done by volunteers! Very Impressive Effort and Success! Plan several hours to all day to wander the trails, sit on the benches overlooking the ocean, and enjoy a great experience.

Thank Michael J
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Reviewed April 27, 2018 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 too long to spend here as is evidenced by the availability of membership passes. Also, for a break there is a snack bar with wi-fi so you can share pictures of the many intriguing plants. Really a must see if you like flowers and are in Fort Bragg.

1  Thank Michael H
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Reviewed April 24, 2018 via mobile

Didn’t see a lot of bees till later and only a few. The scenery is as expected, awesome. Very nice place to walk and relax. The trail takes you out to the cliffs or not, up to you. Pretty cool that they have a small nursery that you can buy plants.

1  Thank Moe92136
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Reviewed April 22, 2018

We spent a couple of hours wandering around looking at the trees in the conifer and woodland gardens, and enjoying the excellent plant shop. I discovered species I'd never seen (the perfect reason to visit Botanical Gardens) and saw things in blossom I wouldn't see back home. Jeffrey, in the plant shop, was just excellent to look one rare Australian tree up so that I would be able to find it later.

1  Thank Linda B
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