Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg

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The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are located on 47 acres (19 hectares) in Fort Bragg, California, United States between California's Highway One and the Pacific Ocean. The garden property includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a closed-cone pine forest.

The Gardens comprise plant collections suited to its mild coastal Mediterranean climate and acidic soils including: Native forests and bluff plants, Heaths and Heathers, Rhododendrons, Camellias, Fuchsias, Dahlias, Magnolias, Maples, Succulents, Begonias and Conifers. The Heath and Heather collection is part of the National Plant Consortium. MCBG is also recognized as a conifer reference collection by the American Conifer Society. A historic corridor on the south side of the property includes the 19th Century Parrish Family home, orchard and cemetery. In 2013, the demonstration "kitchen garden" developed there provided more than 4,000 lbs of fresh produce to the local food bank while testing heritage and newly developed varieties for local success and demonstrating best practices in food gardening for volunteers and visitors.

Admission is charged for entrance to the Gardens, with discounts for children and seniors or through purchase of an annual membership. Main trails are accessible and electric carts are offered on a first-come/first-served basis for visitors with mobility issues. Access is subject to special ticket purchase for Gardens fundraising events including "Art in the Gardens" in August, "Festival of Lights" on December weekends and a biannual "My Garden" event in May. The Gardens are closed on the Saturday after Labor Day for the annual WineSong event that supports the local hospital.

Public classes and other events such as the annual Rhododendron Festival and Conifer Day are posted on the Gardens website, www.gardenbythesea.org.

Amenities include a gift shop, plant nursery and Rhody's Garden Cafe.

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  • They have 47 acres of gardens and paths. The dahlia garden was amazing. Unfortunately our visit did coincide with the rhododendron blooming. This Garden is certainly worth the visit.  more »
  • The gardens give you a feeling of peace and calm the moment you arrive. It's a great place to get out walking on the many trails. Also good for kids to enjoy nature and let loose some energy. Try.....  more »
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  • I have been to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens many times & have loved it every time. The gardens are beautiful, well maintained & varied. There are many California natives, a succulent garden & plants from all over the world. One of the highlights in the fall is the beautiful Dahila garden roughly in the middle of gardens. The gardens ate on the edge of the Pacific Ocean & you can occasionally festively views of the coast & ocean. I highly recommend these gardens!
  • Special place. Plan on spending all day because you'll want to stay. Bring a lunch drinks have a picnic. The staff was great. Easy hike. Amazing plants! Have fun
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