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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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Address: 18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
Phone Number: +1 707-964-4352
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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A Must-See for flower lovers!

Walk for hours or just a short time - many plants to see. Ferns, heathers, succulents, cactus, begonias, roses, so many plants to see. Small cafe near the entrance - sit and enjoy... read more

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Novato, California
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Novato, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walk for hours or just a short time - many plants to see. Ferns, heathers, succulents, cactus, begonias, roses, so many plants to see. Small cafe near the entrance - sit and enjoy the view!

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Los Banos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Surprised at its size and variety. It has preserved a nice piece of land from development.Cliff house view is excellent. Loved the vegetable garden. We did not allow enough time and need to go back and spend more time.

Thank Thomas L
Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Surprising the amount of plants in bloom for the time of year. The flowers were gorgeous and the grounds well maintained. There is a small gift shop, gardening oriented of course. Would recommend touring here if given the opportunity.

Thank EdH61
Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can walk out to ocean bluffs, hike through natural woodlands with streams and a small waterfall, check out the vegetable gardens, take in the dahlias, fuschias, heathers and other flowering plants, stroll or sit and contemplate in specialized areas like the succulent garden, and pick up some plants at the nursery. Oh, and the cafe offerings were excellent.

Thank Susan D
Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been to Fort Bragg several times over the years, but I didn't know about the Botanical Gardens until I saw an Ad in the Sonoma County newspaper The Press Democrat. We happened to be going to Gualala in Mendocino County last week, so we planned to stop at the Botanical Gardens on our way driving up the coast.... More 

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Chico, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Husband was humoring me with as stop at the botanical gardens. We purchased discounted tickets at our hotel and off we went. Beautiful mixture of groomed and structured with natural and windswept landscapes. Spectacular cliffside views. Late June had many flowers blooming. Make sure to walk on the secondary paths along the creeks and into the forests. Hubby must have... More 

Thank Mary G
Mendocino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of my favorite places! I know it will be enjoyable to stroll through the gardens, no matter the time of the year...always something to see. Spring and fall are particularly beautiful with the rhododendrons( spring) and dahlias in the fall. Don't forget to check out the veggie garden, in the summer, not only is it wonderful to... More 

Thank Gayle G
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A beautiful variety of plants including flowers, trees, vegetables, succulents and cactus! Several walking pathways--good map included. Be sure to walk all the way to the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Plenty of photographic opportunities. Small "window order" restaurant with an outdoor patio for eating. The homemade soups and sandwiches were delicious! Limited hours at the restaurant--when the food is gone,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great winter collections (rhododendrons, camelias, heathers) but the dahlias are most gorgeous, in such a beautiful setting!

Thank Vivien L
Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us visited this beautiful botanical garden during an RV trip to Mendocino. We must've stayed in the Gardens for three or four hours. We enjoyed each section and also an area where you could view the dramatic coastline. Also had refreshments in their small patio café and enjoyed visiting the gift shop this is a great place to... More 

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