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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 16 Attractions in Fort Bragg
Type: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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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Provo, Utah
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We had my 90 year old parents with us. They used the three wheelers and enjoyed the gardens along with us. The gardens are varied, of moderate size, and unfailingly beautiful. We could have spent the entire day there, enjoying the peaceful ocean view.

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Glenns Ferry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Wow! I have been here in the spring and winter, and it is a walk of beauty anytime of year! Bonus...lots of birds and deer.

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El Granada, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I believe there are more than 30 acres of beautiful trails and gardens here. You can bring your dog with you, but I did not. I walked out to the ocean and saw many birds and even a whale. There are a variety of trails with some more difficult than others. They are all clearly marked and easy to follow.... More 

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Navarro, California, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Beautiful gardens along the coastline . There is a store where you can purchase plants and botanical books

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Paradise, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Beautiful. Peaceful. Great walks that lead out to the cliffs for a fantastic view. We ate our picnic there and visited the gift shop for some fun things to take home. LOVED IT!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

A real treasure with beautifully landscaped native plants and awesome ocean views! Great nature oriented gift shop and very knowledgeable, helpful staff.Easy access and dogs allowed on leash.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We were staying at a vacation rental next door. Had a great time exploring the gardens even though not much was in bloom. Fun to hike through the various areas and also to do a bit of whale watching.

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Novato, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Go during a different time of year if you want to see their best floral displays. My daughter went during the summer and took some fabulous photos!

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Chico, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Went for the dahlias and they were gorgeous. Very reasonable price. You can spend the whole day there and take in a picnic. Great nursery too

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fremont, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We spent nearly half a day here. We walked all the way to the trail nearest to the ocean and it was late December and we did see whales migrating. If you happen to be visiting at that time, I would suggest carrying a pair of binoculors and you will enjoy watching some gray whales migrating. The garden itself would... More 

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