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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 - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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It doesn't look like much from the front but the property extends all the way back to the ocean. Beautiful gardens and excellent walking paths. Some of the paths are wheelchair... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Redwood Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Now that I finally want, I want to go back. The gardens are amazing and the piece of property is really stunning. Plan to spend at least a couple hours walking around. I recommend taking a picnic lunch as there are lots of places to sit and take in the amazing views. We got lucky with the weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It doesn't look like much from the front but the property extends all the way back to the ocean. Beautiful gardens and excellent walking paths. Some of the paths are wheelchair accessible. There is a nice little restaurant on site with some good eats. The entire facility is pet friendly, including the restaurant. The restaurant even provides pet ice cream... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see, their are hiking trails throughout that leave the imagination for a nice adventure especially with kids. The ocean cliff view is serene & breath taking. The Gift l gift shop has numerous quaint items for all ages, the shop owners are very friendly and helpful!

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turlock, california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We enjoyed looking at all the gardens had to show us! Also enjoyed the nursery where we bought some plants and the gift shop where we liked looking but did not buy. We heard about the good cafe there as well but were too stuffed from our Dolphin Isle lunch to eat again. Plenty of parking which was nice for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My favorite activity when spending time on the north coast. Staff is helpful, facilities immaculate and it is always spectacularly beautiful. Every season offers a treat.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Lovely well kept garden, central element particularly well designed. Quite tranquil within a fairly busy seaside resort Went there after my wedding to chill out and take photos.

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Corning, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely day to walk the paths of the Botanical Garden! Many (!!) flowers were in bloom and there was really so much to take in! The dahlia garden is quite lovely as is the heather garden. My only 'complaint' has to do with signage or lack of it... Some of the paths are poorly marked. And unfortunately,... More 

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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a plant/garden lover, you must take a couple hours to check out this paradise! Enchanting through and through with good variety of more unusual plants. Gift shop is worth a stop as well.

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Bay Area, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is part manicured garden and part forested hiking trails that reward you with an awe-inspiring view when you reach the bluffs above the ocean. You enter through a gift shop, map-in-hand, into an area of manicured gardens. The beautiful plants are labeled with plant names for the benefit of ambitious gardeners. Just beyond the garden... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited the botanical gardens for our anniversary and it was heavenly. Beautiful dahlia garden, rose garden, several little trails to trek, art work planted amongst the foliage and even a little cemetery next to the vegetable garden. The ocean view is simply breathtaking and the little cliff house offers another view of the ocean as well.... More 

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