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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 12 Attractions in Fort Bragg
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Our mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems. Mendocino... more » 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. « less
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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

What a surprising a lovely trip we had to the garden. Some areas was sculpted, others very colorful and then the walk to the beach area made you feel you were in the wild. Refreshing and very enjoyable.

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Wish I could grow many of these plants. Unique fuchsias, great begonia and dahlia displays. The best rhododendron collection I've seen.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Well....as you can tell from previous reviews...this is a must see if you're in the area. A wonderful collections of flowers in a beautiful setting. The recommendation is to give yourself enough time to wander along all of the trails and to then sit on one of the benches overlooking the ocean. Just go!

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The gardens provided a nice walk past beautiful succulents, perennials, roses and more. As a bonus, there is a lovely walk out to the cliffs overlooking the coast. Skip Glass Beach (which is full of tourists and offers little atmosphere and little glass). This place is much, much better!

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Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our second time visiting the gardens. 47 acres or something like that. Beautiful succulent garden and heather and dahlias. Winding paths that lead out to the coastal bluff. Beautiful in every way. Nice cafe and nursery and gift shop too. Would definitely return over and over again.

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Springville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This place is divine!!! I love it. I could stay here for a long time and love that you can walk to ocean in a short time. This is a must if visiting and you can bring your pooches too!

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Grass Valley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

By far my favorite experience in Fort Bragg... and there are so many wonderful things to see, do, and eat... that says a lot. But for us... we love being outdoors and we love gardening. This botanical garden is extensive, with trails meandering through many different areas, through beautifully landscaped and natural settings, along sea bluffs, along creeks... a lot... More

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San Anselmo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a wonderful garden, from the perennial garden to the Begonia-Fuschia enclosure, to the Dahlia garden, to the seacoast, and everything in between. Cafe is good for casual lunch with lovely view of perennial garden & hummingbird activity. Garden is well-kept and most plants are labelled. Watch out--the gift shop and plant store will draw you in too!

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Tahoe Vista
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The gardens are beautiful. If you go in springtime the rhododendrons will be in bloom. Later in summer the dahlia garden is a must. The walk down to the rugged coastal bluff is beautiful. Wildflowers may adorn the hill side there.

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Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this! I always imagined a botanical garden as someplace I would go with my grandparents. Now that I'm getting "older" I'm surprised that this was one of my favorite destinations in Mendocino! I couldn't believe how large it is, we spent well over 1 1/2 hours walking the grounds out to the ocean,... More

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