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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  • My husband and I visited for a few hours while in the area- the gardens are gorgeous, the view is fantastic, would have loved to have had more time to explore. Definitely stop by if you are in the... 
    My husband and I visited for a few hours while in the area- the gardens are gorgeous, the view is fantastic, would have loved to have had more time to explore. Definitely stop by if you are in the...  more »
  • This is a do not miss destination for anyone spending time in Mendocino. Walking paths are beautifully dotted with hundreds of different plant and flower species and marked with well thought out... 
    This is a do not miss destination for anyone spending time in Mendocino. Walking paths are beautifully dotted with hundreds of different plant and flower species and marked with well thought out...  more »
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  • I have visited these gardens most of my life, and recently took my six-year-old. It is always a wonderful place to spend a few hours. The gardens are so well-maintained. During every season, the gardens have a little something new to offer, and it is always such a delight to make it out to the bluffs to watch the ocean for awhile. Such a special place!
  • It was worth every penny. I will never miss a botanical garden anywhere ever again. It was so beautiful. Worth every step I took every dollar I spent. Order your tickets in advance on their website if you can.

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