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“Magical slice of heaven”

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Fort Bragg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.~
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 21, 2012

A walk through the Botanical Gardens is like walking through heaven. So peaceful and beautiful your whole body relaxes. If you go, try to go when the Dahlia's are in bloom! The Dahlia garden is one to behold. The most amazing varieties of Dahlia's and all in one place. Simply spectacular. Walking through all the many trails, under gorgeous trees and ending at the rugged coastline, where there are benches to sit and reflect, is the perfect way to destress from every day life! We visit once a year during the annual Winesong food and wine fundraiser.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We spent four hours here. Peaceful, beautiful. Well maintained.

A bit expensive. You can walk out to the coastal cliffs, but you can do that for free at nearby Jughandle S.R.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Nice gardens; not all plants are native, and some are not marked. However, very nice. Amazing dahlias, if you're there in August when they're in bloom!

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Lots to see and well worth visiting, We will go back again. A must see in Fort Bragg.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

If you have time to spare while on the Mendocino Coast, this is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. The walk to the ocean along the garden paths is lovely and the benches perched on the ocean cliffs for relaxing make the entire experience worth your time. The flowers are beautiful.

Thank loveagoodfind
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