Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg

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The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are located on 47 acres (19 hectares) in Fort Bragg, California, United States between California's Highway One and the Pacific Ocean. The garden property includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a closed-cone pine forest.

The Gardens comprise plant collections suited to its mild coastal Mediterranean climate and acidic soils including: Native forests and bluff plants, Heaths and Heathers, Rhododendrons, Camellias, Fuchsias, Dahlias, Magnolias, Maples, Succulents, Begonias and Conifers. The Heath and Heather collection is part of the National Plant Consortium. MCBG is also recognized as a conifer reference collection by the American Conifer Society. A historic corridor on the south side of the property includes the 19th Century Parrish Family home, orchard and cemetery. In 2013, the demonstration "kitchen garden" developed there provided more than 4,000 lbs of fresh produce to the local food bank while testing heritage and newly developed varieties for local success and demonstrating best practices in food gardening for volunteers and visitors.

Admission is charged for entrance to the Gardens, with discounts for children and seniors or through purchase of an annual membership. Main trails are accessible and electric carts are offered on a first-come/first-served basis for visitors with mobility issues. Access is subject to special ticket purchase for Gardens fundraising events including "Art in the Gardens" in August, "Festival of Lights" on December weekends and a biannual "My Garden" event in May. The Gardens are closed on the Saturday after Labor Day for the annual WineSong event that supports the local hospital.

Public classes and other events such as the annual Rhododendron Festival and Conifer Day are posted on the Gardens website, www.gardenbythesea.org.

Amenities include a gift shop, plant nursery and Rhody's Garden Cafe.
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  • We passed this twice, thinking it was a small, local attraction. We could not have been more wrong! So much going on in their 47 acres, including garden beds, trees and shrubs, and a coastline hike.....  more
    We passed this twice, thinking it was a small, local attraction. We could not have been more wrong! So much going on in their 47 acres, including garden beds, trees and shrubs, and a coastline hike.....  more »
  • Amazing, much larger and more extensice than we expected. Beautiful views and diverse plant life. Want to go again to see other season blooms 
    Amazing, much larger and more extensice than we expected. Beautiful views and diverse plant life. Want to go again to see other season blooms  more »
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  • We dropped in right after the coldest spell winter so there wasn’t much in bloom. However the rhododendrons were incredible and it was a beautiful place to meander around. You could do a nice long hike to the ocean through the gardens if you want. It is 40 acres big so there’s plenty to see on wonderful little paths. We had already gone on a hike in the morning, next time we will just save our energy for this place! The tulip magnolia’s were also blooming - they were gorgeous and there was the biggest camellia tree I’ve ever seen - I didn’t know they could get that big! Oh and they had beautiful gates twined with branches separating certain areas. Very nice way to spend the day.
  • The gardens are amazing! A lot of people have put in a lot of effort and hard work and it shows! 47 acres of stunning gardens on the side of sea cliffs is just awe inspiring! I'm not the type that geeks out about plants, but this place is magical and so worth the money and time to go see. They have event spaces perfect for weddings and other gatherings. The dahlias were in bloom and absolutely exquisite. If you're passing through or staying in Fort Bragg it's definitely worth the time to spend a few hours or half a day in this garden space. If you have the time, make a picnic lunch and bring the kids or just spend some time with your significant other and enjoy nature and each others company. Must see place if you're in the area!

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