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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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

If you love nature and gardens, then the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a must see. Allow at least 2 hours for your visit, as this garden is much, much larger than it appears from the road. There are formal and informal gardens of many varieties, and you can walk to the back of the property to see some outstanding... More

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is a must see. The Dahlias were in bloom and were breathtaking. The desert garden was also outstanding as was the perennial garden. We also went through the garden to the coast and the views were wonderful.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The walks throughout this garden are stupendous! There are many different kinds of gardens from a great collection of succulents and cacti - to the outstanding fuschia collections. We took a stroll to the ocean bluffs that offered sensational views of the coastal kind. On this day however, the dahlias were the star of the show offering an almost psychaedelic... More

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Irvine CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is a relaxing rest stop on the Route 1 drive from San Francisco to Eureka. The Dahlia Garden was spectacular when we visited in July. Color abounds throughout the gardens. One could easily spend a couple of hours exploring all the gardens and grounds.

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foothills..ca.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Vey nice low key way to see local flora and fauna. Plenty of room to walk around. Late in the day is good.

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Soulsbyville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I love the gardens, the building could use some maintenance. I enjoy the knowledge given about the many different plants.

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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The gardens are better than ever. The dahlia garden was at peak beauty on our visit. Don't shy away from doing the full walk out to the bluffs -- rhodys, fern canyon, birds, and maybe whales await.

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Granite Bay, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a botanical garden that sits on the ocean's edge which combines the outstanding plants with a fantastic view of the ocean. Regretted that we didn't visit in April or May when the rhododendrons are in bloom.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Botanical Gardens in Ft Bragg are lovely. Allow at least 1 1/2 hours to stroll through the gardens. Your stroll will take you to the sea where you will have spectacular views of the Mendocino Coast. The flowers are beautiful and the trees enchanting. Well worth the time. Don't miss it if you enjoy nature.

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Modesto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The gardens where great. So many flowers and different trails to follow. It was nice there was no guided tour, you could just walk at your own pace and take in all of the sites. Would go back again.

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