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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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The front of this sprawling property is deceiving! It is beautiful, magestic and very romantic. We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Yen N
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Beautiful gardens and dogs (on leash) are welcome

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I've ever... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Paula H
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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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“dahlia garden” (61 reviews)
“full bloom” (54 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
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+1 707-964-4352
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"vegetable garden"
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"dahlia garden"
in 61 reviews
"full bloom"
in 54 reviews
"formal gardens"
in 14 reviews
"festival of lights"
in 13 reviews
"gift shop"
in 60 reviews
"plants and flowers"
in 18 reviews
"ocean bluffs"
in 17 reviews
"the cliff"
in 39 reviews
"few hours"
in 27 reviews
"mendocino coast"
in 37 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 20 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 12 reviews
"take your time"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful walk"
in 16 reviews
"for sale"
in 19 reviews
"dahlias"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The front of this sprawling property is deceiving! It is beautiful, magestic and very romantic. We came in March, rain or shine ... we were determined. Family friendly and couple friendly. I think, due to rain, we were the only ones there .. or it...More

Thank Yen N
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I've ever visited. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Beautiful garden and only gets better as the trail meanders along the coast. Views up and down coast. Wonderful collection of coastal flora. We will return.

Thank Sue K
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

I love how most everything is labeled so that I can go home and see if the plants are good in my zone.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I have always heard about the Dalia Garden, but when I went into it for the first time, I was amazed at the glorious colors and different sizes and shapes.

Thank Rotaroter
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed our time here. We spent time in the morning, left to get some lunch,, and returned for me. Not a lot in bloom in February, however, hundreds of rhododendrons grace the grounds. The gardens include manicured areas as well...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

This is one of the gems of the Mendocino Coast. If you love formal gardens, you will love the vast expanses of beautiful gardens as you enter. More into edible gardens? There's one of those, too. How about wild, natural gardens with one of the...More

1  Thank Catherine K
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

It was a bit misty but really enjoyed this walk. There are benches through out the walk with placks in remembrance of people who have passed I loved reading all of them. A deffinate must see

Thank Ed C
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

A worthwhile experience even before Springtime! Carlina at the gift shop/admissions is great! The tour of the gardens is awesome no matter the weather or the time of year!

Thank Scott T
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

It was a bit chilly and very windy when we stopped by the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, but it was well worth the cold, wind and rain to experience this jewel of the Mendocino Coast. Even in mid-February there were bountiful blossoms on numerous Magnolias,...More

Thank Richard J
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ManYee D
5 February 2018|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hello! We have rhododendrons blooming as early as December but peak bloom is normally between April and mid-May. We are hosting the annual Rhododendron Show on May 5 and 6 this year. The event regularly includes around 800... More
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ManYee D
5 February 2018|
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Response from Evie B | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I don’t know...but am sure of you were to look on the website it may tell you. Evie
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bevyk
18 February 2017|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi! Our property is 47 acres and about 1/2 mile to the ocean from the entrance (one-way). We usually recommend at least one and a half hours to see all of the collections and areas of interest. Our Café will be open in May... More
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