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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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Address: 18220 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone Number: +1 707-964-4352
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Description: Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving...
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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Beautiful attraction, succulent paradise!!

Again it's been a long time since I was here, but the memory is burned in my mind forever about this attraction. And again need lots and lots of time to discover, exploring the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Again it's been a long time since I was here, but the memory is burned in my mind forever about this attraction. And again need lots and lots of time to discover, exploring the vastness of the gardens. So many somewhat groomed pathways to choose from. You will need a map after paying a small fee for maintaining the botanical... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We've been to the gardens twice, once in early May and once in June. Late spring is definitely the time to see the blossoms. Fuchsia where prolific and colorful, Dahlias were at their peak when we went. The grounds were a blanket of color. Ok, so maybe that's a little over-the-top but it was very nice. You can also walk... More 

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Solana Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Loved walking through the botanical gardens. Dahlias were in full bloom and the Dahlia garden was absolutely beautiful. Plenty of acreage to get some serious walking in - from the gardens to the ocean and back. Vegetable garden was very impressive as was the area planted with different varieties of Heather. Lovely afternoon outing.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I wasn't sure when we forked over our admission price that the experience could be worth it. It certainly was. It's not Longwood gardens but it is lovely in a rustic, informal way. The Hummingbirds were putting on quite the show.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

August isn't the best time to visit, but we had a good time, nevertheless. Dahlias were in bloom, and there were plenty of trees, shrubs, plants along many, many pathways. The gentle, 1/2-mile walk to the edge of the Pacific takes you through many types of visual and edible delights! The on-site plant nursery and cafe offers many ways to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Even in February, this garden is a delight. Coming from the midwest, there was much to see and terrific variety. Easy walking down to the coast and ... whales! A plus, dogs are allowed. Who ever heard of such a thing?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and our friends thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon walking through the beautiful gardens. Each section was breathtaking and we left with many ideas for our own gardens. Don't pass this up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Not to be missed. Beautiful. After seeing such a variety of plants and flowers and a lovely walk, we were thrilled to end up at the ocean.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The gardens are beautiful - some many ideas for our own home! The dahlia garden is amazing. The path to the ocean is a great walk.

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San Jose CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had a wonderful time walking around the well-maintained path that led from the more formal gardens at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to the coast itself. It's a really enjoyable gentle hike, and the contrast between the native vegetation and the planted species is striking. The day we visited the weather was gorgeous, but it still... More 

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