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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 21, 2013

We had gone to Mendocino and Fort Bragg many times without ever stopping there. Once we did, we have since never gone up the coast without stopping there. It is very large and has many diverse areas which change based on the season. Simply beautiful!

Thank Chuck D
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

We made a special trip into the gardens and happened upon a time when there was a Begonia show--- prize Begonias everywhere!! The color, the beauty- it was truly lovely. The remainder of the gardens are definitely worth the trip- very well maintained. There is a small vegetable garden, many statuaries to catch the eye and the imagination, a lovely rose garden adjacent to a gazebo area... I easily took 125+ photos and could have taken more, but battery was running low. There is a walk down to the bluff overlooking the beach that is just beautiful.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is one of the must see attractions in the area. The gardens are naturally laid out but easy to wander through.

Thank Wellsdesigned
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

They say, and from what I saw there is always some flowers blooming. I for one love the cactus garden and spent many minutes walking around it trying to see all the different types. The buildings had many rows of flowers in bloom, I'm not sure what they all were but enjoyed the aroma of them . At the sea side there is a glass enclosed little building to get out of the wind and still watch the sea...that is all well and good but the glass is or was FROSTED from what I don't know but one could not see out. This place is run by all volunteer people with some some Community Service people, and it seems to be well taken care of.

Thank Mel E
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

I have been here a few times and it never fails to provide a lovely experience.
It is amazing to have such lovely gardens (I am also mesmerized by the dahlias) so close to the coastal cliffs with crashing waves. You can slip away and take the path to see the cliffs and waves. There is artwork spread along the winding paths for your enjoyment, too. The begonias are wonderful, too. It is well worth coming here when you are visiting the Northern Pacific Coast.

Thank LLCJ54
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