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“Peaceful, well-maintained gardens” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 38 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
San Francisco, California
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“Peaceful, well-maintained gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

The gardens are well-cared for and diverse. When we visited, the dahlias were in bloom and brilliantly colorful. We overheard one of the other visitors mention that every time you come, you see something different. Don't expect that if you visit, everything will constantly be in bloom -- nature doesn't work that way :)

Lowlights: The price of $14 for adults was a tad higher than I would have expected for general pricing in this region being generally lower than the Bay Area, but overall, it was worth it. Additionally, I wasn't thrilled that dogs were allowed on the premises. We saw one urinating all over a beautiful bush in bloom and it made us wary of smelling some flowers closer to the ground!

Visited October 2012
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Northern, California
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“A Lotta Love for the Plants”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We love the care that the groundskeepers put into their flowers and plants - they also are very friendly and happy to talk with everyone about their projects. We love the walk to the cliffs on the coast and brought our own chairs so we could sit in comfort for several hours to watch the crashing waves. They encourage people to bring their dogs and picnic lunches - it's a project that has been going on for many years and you can really feel the love and effort that has been put into keeping it beautiful and accessible to the public.

Visited October 2012
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Rochester, NY
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“Beautiful gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

What a lovely place, quite small for a botanical garden but with a huge array of flowers, shrubs and trees, all well labelled. The dahlias were in full bloom and were showstoppers. A 'must see' in Fort Bragg.

Visited October 2012
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Whitehorse, Canada
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“Wonderful Dahlias!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

The Dahlia Garden was a special delight! Fortunately, we were there early enough in the morning to still catch some of the dew still on the petals. Would love to be there when the Rhodies are in bloom!

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Oakland, California
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

A perfect way to spend an afternoon. It's gorgeous and you can pack a lunch and have a picnic. Good for all ages.

Visited September 2012
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