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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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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays...

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 Plaza are open daily. There is no admission charge to visit the Store, Nursery, or Cafe.

~Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.~

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Great Garden. Lots of variety. Great ocean views.

Beautiful garden with a wide variety of plantings in beautiful location. They had rental scooters to allow my grandmother who doesn't walk well to enjoy the whole garden. Staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Redding, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My family really enjoyed walking around here for two or three hours. Make sure to wear rubber boots, or at least have them in the car if you're headed this way. Some areas too wet for tennis shoes. Make sure to find the cliff house.

Thank Chadwick J
Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful garden with a wide variety of plantings in beautiful location. They had rental scooters to allow my grandmother who doesn't walk well to enjoy the whole garden. Staff were very helpful.

Thank AmyWren
Martinez, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Hello fellow Sojourners - Did he just say 'must-see' in the title of the review? Is that even allowed? I don't know if it's allowed but I did just say it. Seriously, look for the big sign, put on a turn signal and pull in to the parking lot. Find a place for your conveyance to take a breather and... More 

Thank Introspicere
Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always open and very friendly; many interesting plants with many fine and mature rhododendrons; take the walk to the ocean for views not to be missed and in February look out for migrating grey whales.

Thank foodlover837
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on our way to see the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. I took a nice walk along their trails and explored their beautiful gardens along the coast. The trails eventually lead to a shack on a bluff overlooking the coast. The views are incredible and it's a peaceful place to stop and... More 

1 Thank Kelli B
Antelope, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like the outdoors and plants and nature…. But I wasn’t real thrilled about visiting the gardens. However, once we got inside I found I really enjoyed myself. It was a nice walk and I even picked up a few ideas for my own home garden.

1 Thank Original_Kona_Dave
Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I were in Mendocino with our dog on a rainy/overcast weekend. Unaware that most hiking trails in the area don't allow dogs, we opted to visit the Botanical Gardens. We had a great time walking around the grounds, exploring little side-paths, and exploring the different sections of the property. It had a very cute vegetable garden, lots... More 

1 Thank JMont88
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mendocino Botanical Gardens is located on the ocean in Fort Bragg just a few miles north of Mendocino, it is also called the Garden by the Sea, one of a few public gardens with ocean frontage. This botanical garden boasts 47 acres of Japanese gardens, perennial gardens, a house filled with beautiful tuberous begonias, heather and heath gardens and woodland... More 

1 Thank Kelleygirl2
Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here many times in different seasons and conditions, and it's always a bit different. Some seasons are wintery, such as the latest visit, and some have flowers everywhere. It matters not, as the focus is on hiking around and experiencing what is there at the time. There are semi formal gardens and art in the early parts of... More 

Thank Bambuddhist
Rohnert Park, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We went to check out the Festival that took place at the Garden for Christmas week. Really pretty, family oriented activity for all ages.

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