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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 blooming flowers and view of the coast.

Nice and peaceful, worth the $14. Relaxed on a bench overlooking the ocean; absolutely incredible. It was a short hike to get there. The signs at the gates as to which way was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Berea, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Nice and peaceful, worth the $14. Relaxed on a bench overlooking the ocean; absolutely incredible. It was a short hike to get there. The signs at the gates as to which way was the more difficult way to go were not clear and difficult to understand.

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Roswell, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful experience at the gardens starting with being welcomed with dog treats for our well behaved companion. The perennial garden was very helpful with names of plants I had seen in this area. Many plants were available for purchase with an emphasis on water-wise varieties. The Rhodies were the star of the show on this visit. They... More 

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Spent about two hours here with the husband and four kids. Loved the rhododendrons, spectacular color, tons of them! Amazing views of the coast, took some really beautiful pictures here.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The garden is great. I felt in love with all the rhododendrons blloming there. The best time to go is middle of May

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Wandering through this 50 acre garden, perched on the cliffs of the Pacific was a beautiful experience. The quality of the gardens were okay-I am spoiled with others that are larger. The price verse the experience was certainly worth the trip. The views off the cliffs were breath taking.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Great rhododendrons in bloom, a dahlia garden, roses, and lots of other plants; you can look at plants, walk along the cliff above the ocean, watch birds, see the garden art on display, or visit their vegetable garden. They sell plants and have a nice shop if you want gifts or something for yourself.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I wish we had more time to explore these beautiful gardens! It is a little pricey, but well worth the money if you take the time to go through everything. It was so peaceful and a nice change of pace from normal "touristy" types of places.

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Windsor, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Visiting in late April was a great time to see the rhododendrons in bloom. We enjoyed a pleasant stroll down many lanes viewing huge bushes with an amazing amount of blossoms. The ladies at the desk were friendly and helpful. We did not eat lunch there, but the food smelled wonderful.

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Jackson, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

These gardens are beautiful, relaxing, and show a truly amazing amount of time, effort , planning and work. No matter which way you turn, you are treated with something beautiful to look at. I loved the various styles of gardens, and it seemed as every turn of the path was a pleasant surprise. And the benches along the ocean were... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great botanical garden with a number different cactuses, fir-trees, pines (I didn't know about all the different kinds), and other plants. There is a trail going to the ocean with great views on the rocks. You can also buy some plants in the garden if you want.

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