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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 13 Attractions in Fort Bragg
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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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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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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Fort Bragg, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are easy and difficult paths marked - whichever one you take, walk to the ocean to see an amazing view. Pack a lunch and eat it when you reach the ocean. There is a small building on the ocean with benches and picnic tables and it comes with a view.

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Presently surprised. The gardens are well kept. Has a great nice walk to the coast. There is a cute cliffhouse.

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Orland, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I think the price was a little high ... $14 per person. There was a portion of the gardens that wasn't accessible due to construction. The walk to the bluffs by the ocean was absolutely the best part ... the most beautiful views of the ocean.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This garden has 2 distinct areas. The first is a conventional garden, displaying various groupings of plants in "rooms". One of the most notable is a Blue pine, with actual blue pinecones. The cactus display is beautiful, as are the roses. There is a display hall containing potted plants. The second part of the garden is more of a ramble.... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Nicely kept gardens with good examples of native plants. We got in free with proof of membership at a botanical garden here at home.

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Antioch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Last June, my husband and I went to Fort Bragg, CA, as we have many times. This time, we chose to walk through the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. What a wonderful place! I can't believe that we had not gone before. There are so many special little areas to explore, and you can hike down to the ocean. We spent... More

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Very pleasant and many beautiful plants. Walking through the property can be confusing, even with a map. It is, however, pricey

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Arroyo de la Miel, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We only had two hours here but each minute provided us with something new to view. I loved the way that statues and sculptures had been placed amongst the flowers and other foliage. The high spot for me was walking down a steep and narrow path and turning a corner to find a baby deer standing stock still in front... More

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