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“Dancing Dahlias...the Star of the Show!”

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, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Toronto, Canada
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Dancing Dahlias...the Star of the Show!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

The walks throughout this garden are stupendous! There are many different kinds of gardens from a great collection of succulents and cacti - to the outstanding fuschia collections. We took a stroll to the ocean bluffs that offered sensational views of the coastal kind. On this day however, the dahlias were the star of the show offering an almost psychaedelic profusion of colour! When in the Mendocino area this garden should not be missed!

Visited July 2014
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Irvine CA
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“Nice Botanical Garden”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden is a relaxing rest stop on the Route 1 drive from San Francisco to Eureka. The Dahlia Garden was spectacular when we visited in July. Color abounds throughout the gardens. One could easily spend a couple of hours exploring all the gardens and grounds.

Visited July 2014
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Placerville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Nice gardens”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Vey nice low key way to see local flora and fauna. Plenty of room to walk around. Late in the day is good.

Visited June 2014
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Soulsbyville, California
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“Historic Gardens”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

I love the gardens, the building could use some maintenance. I enjoy the knowledge given about the many different plants.

Visited July 2014
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San Jose
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“Always a Treat”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The gardens are better than ever. The dahlia garden was at peak beauty on our visit. Don't shy away from doing the full walk out to the bluffs -- rhodys, fern canyon, birds, and maybe whales await.

Visited July 2014
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