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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Address: 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone Number: +1 707-964-4352
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Fort Bragg
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems. 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 Plaze are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe.

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Mendocino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The gardens are a beautiful place to come with friends. Stroll and see all the colorful blooms and gorgeous plants. It's nice to just sit and chat in the gardens. Currently, from 5pm to 7pm they are having a lighted festivity in the garden, complete with holiday refreshments. Peaceful escape.

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This garden is unique in that is has a formal component beautifully landscaped coupled with a northern California coastal element along the bluffs. There is a marvelous rhododendron forest, be sure to check blooming period. The self guided map is easy to follow and the entry fee is minimal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have visited the gardens 3 to 4 times every year and I still find it interesting and relaxing each time. Each season is different. My favorite is late spring where you get to see Rhodedendrens, fuchias, and many more flowering bushes, but don't miss the fabulous Dalia garden in full bloom around August. They have an extensive botanical library... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This place was lit like christmas and decorated with all bells and whistles. The organizers did a very good job of putting everything in place in sour of the downpour that morning. You get live music, smores, hot chocolate and wine along with some great light exhibits and plants.

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Angwin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I just visited the Gardens for the first time at the end of November. I really wasn't sure what to expect this time of year but I'm a sucker for gardens and I was told by friends that it was a "must see" during my time at the coast. The gardens didn't disappoint. There were some early bloom rhododendrons in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

It was a very good sight and site even for a heavy downpour when I visited the place. The Xmas lights are on display and a tent for revelers was built. I visited the Cemetery by the Garden trail too and so Solemn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We were nervous, since it was November, that it wouldn't be as good a time to go. But they had a really interesting mushroom walk where we learned all about the mushrooms that grow there! (There were MANY mushrooms). Apparently November was mushroom month (little did we know.) It was really interesting and fun, and the views of the ocean... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Excellent location on the coast but substantial areas closed off due to reconstruction works. Gardens nothing to write home about.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Well kept, interesting plants, fair price plant sale Friendly staff and volunteers. They were getting the garden ready fro Christmas and the decorations were wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This beautiful garden includes a 1/2 mile walk overlooking the ocean. So many species of plants flowers and trees. There are surprises around every corner like a creek, bridges, sculptures, dahlia greenhouse and birds. I highly recommend this magical place that is also dog friendly. ..This is a must see stop when in the area.

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