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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
+1 707-964-4352
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Fort Bragg
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems. Mendocino... more » 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. « less
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New York City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful coastal gardens. Lots of nooks and crannies to explore, from ferns and perennials to Pacific views and an amazing begonias and fuchsias house. Really nice people work here, too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Spectacular display of perennials and dahlias at this time of year. Very relaxed and varied planting. We really enjoyed wandering down through the different areas of the garden and arriving at the open area next to the ocean. Not a garden for those who enjoy huge sweeps of lawn and regimented beds.

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Willits, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Wonderful place to contemplate the wonders of nature. The beauty is beyond words. Don't forget your camera. There are lots of classes given at the gardens. Don't pick mushrooms before attending the schroom walks.

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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

A fantastic garden with a lot of beauty and the Pacific Ocean wrapped around the Gardens. If you are in the area, this is a must do.

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Millville, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

40 acres of pure beauty and worth every penny...Loved the trails, and my favorite was the Dahlia garden. Could have stayed there for hours.

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

During our August 2014 visit, the begonias and dahlias were the spotlights, but we've also been in the spring when the rhodies are in full bloom. Plan to spend the day so that you can enjoy both strolling through the grounds and relaxing on one of the many benches overlooking the Pacific. The café is a nice addition.

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Boulder Creek, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Where do you start to describe the Botanical Gardens? My wife is the flower girl, flowers just make her smile. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens have everything from Redwoods to some of the most exotic and beautiful plants that can grow in this climate. Staff is friendly and helpful and very proud of their work. Wander through fern forests or... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A gorgeous setting with little surprises along the trail. Easy handicapped access. I recommend going when the rhododendrons are in bloom (early spring?), but anytime of year it's a delight. Also, free WiFi, almost impossible to find on the Mendocino coast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Absolutely beautiful place. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The grounds were immaculate. It's a bit pricey but you can become a member.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Have gone by these gardens several times in past years. Always thought that a smaller town could not have anything spectacular in a Botanical Garden. Boy, was I wrong. My wife and I went there today and it was wonderful ! They even have a nice library staffed by Master Gardeners. Don't pass it up.

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