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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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Address: 18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
Phone Number:
+1 707-964-4352
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09:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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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Rhododendron Heaven

This was our first visit to the gardens in more than thirty years and it is still a spectacular sight. Many of the Rhododendrons were just starting to bloom, but that did not... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Healdsburg, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice walk the ocean and flowers were beautiful.I really enjoyed that they are pet friendly and our puppy was able to join us.They even had dog treats available.

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to the gardens in more than thirty years and it is still a spectacular sight. Many of the Rhododendrons were just starting to bloom, but that did not distract from all the other attractions in the 47 acre botanical garden. The paved main loop trail that goes out to the coast line and back is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the gardens very much. The weather was pretty much a hurricane, but my husband and I pressed through and loved it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came the second week of February 2017 so there were only a few plants blooming. No doubt during March and April the gardens will be glorious. We found a few blooms on the magnolias, fuchsias and camellias . We enjoyed the garden walk to the coast. There are many benches for sitting throughout the garden. We enjoyed the benches... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

The gardens, recommended by someone at the hotel I was staying in, didn't look like much when I pulled into the parking lot. I paid the $14 fee to explore - I'm a gardener, so I enjoy looking at plant life in other parts of the country and I was told their coastal view provided opportunities to spot winter migrating... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

This place is good for people of all ages and for wheel-chairs. The garden is so nice and you find a lot of volunteers, who care and work there. After a short walk you have a great ocean view and a bench to sit on and watch the waves coming in. We loved this place a lot.

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It has beautiful botanical gardens, nice short trails and great ocean view. This is a nice stop along HWY-1 for couple hours just outside Fort Bragg.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do this - I have a physical walking challenge. But - the lovely ladies in the gift shop told me that I could rent a scooter and this made all the difference in the world! The trails are so well marked. (There were a few I could not go on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

If you like gardens then come here! They were setting up for Christmas so I got a sneak peek at all the lights. Make sure you go with plenty of time to wonder around. And for sure get out to the cliffs and sit a while and watch the waves.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on a cloudy damp day but enjoyed our visit very much! We walked along several garden areas leading up to the Cliff House with expansive, unobstructed views of the gorgeous rock lined Pacific Ocean. Recommendation: take the easy trail up...there are two options and obviously the way trail is a flat rise. All in all, thoroughly impressed and... More 

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