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“not for free....the more time you have the better things get...you could bring a lunch and spend the day”

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, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed December 12, 2013

the variety of different vegetation was impressive. we really liked the succulent exhibit. food is available on site and it is good. come ready to cover alot of ground and of course dress in layers.

Thank renaze
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

This is such an amazing place. Next year we'll try to time our visit so we can catch the light show at night.

Thank ccsmits
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

The Botanical Gardens are a must-see attraction in the area. I was first skeptical about the visit in mid-November. But even then there were many plants and bushes blooming and trees in fall colors. The preparations for the Christmas displays were ongoing and it must be nice seeing the area in darkness in December with the thousands of light. We were too early for that.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Beautiful Colors - lovely design- in a beautiful area. There is a creek towards the ocean with a delightful vista. It is a place filled with volunteers - bravo !

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Depending on the time of year there is always something beautiful to see and trails to explore. I love the heathers and the rhododendrons but when the dahlias are in bloom it is spectacular.
Be sure to explore the trails along the creeks. The walk to the ocean is fairly level and just splendid.
In December they have a Festival of Lights that we all enjoy.

Thank Cmrooo
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