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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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Easy walking trails to see local plants.

We enjoyed a leisurely stroll on a cool and windy afternoon. Learned about some of the local plants... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
Solvang, California

Very attractive northern California coastal garden. Many local flowers and plants. Reasonably... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2016
Richard G
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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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18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437-8773
+1 707-964-4352
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

We enjoyed a leisurely stroll on a cool and windy afternoon. Learned about some of the local plants and flowers. Reduced admission for seniors was a pleasant plus.

Thank RRL42
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Very attractive northern California coastal garden. Many local flowers and plants. Reasonably priced attraction which is dog and human friendly. If you are interested in flora you will enjoy this place.

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 30 June 2016

It was really foggy and windy so we decided to drive up towards Ft Bragg to visit the Botanical Gardens. First of all, you can bring your dog on leash - wow! Secondly, they have an awesome cafe, it's worth the $14 admission price just...More

Thank circusgurl
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Definitely with a visit, adults cost $14 for entry. Lots of lovely paths and views. The cafe was nice and there's a small gift shop.

Thank Claudia M
Reviewed 27 June 2016

These gardens are superb. The design is visually stunning. There is a reason why it is in the top 3 gardens of Sunset magazine.

Thank TN_Mountains_Girl
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

SO COOL. quick 1/2 mile hike to the bluffs. from there you can walk down the rocks to a secret beach with TONS of crabs and arrowheads. :)

Thank gracierose02
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Several visits, at different times of the year and always an enjoyable time. The grounds are quite extensive, but most of the trails are paved so access is good. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. It will take about 2-3 hours to tour...More

Thank CalaverasHabitat
Reviewed 21 June 2016

WOW WOW WOW I decided to stop here with the family and was blown away by the gardens. I have been to a lot of Botanical Gardens and these are by far my personal favorite. The gardens are so well laid out and the variety...More

Thank jfoxworthy
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Heard rave recommendations about this place and they were right on. Well marked trails and a spectacular view of the ocean. While on the trail we saw five deer in the distance.

Thank hurricanefan2
Reviewed 20 June 2016

beautiful peaceful inspiring.will come again.brought the dog and she enjoyed it to..the heather garden and the cacti and agave were my favorites.

Thank kevinmM7222LL
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19 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
Grace W
14 October 2016|
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Response from Candace F | Reviewed this property |
Yes, general admission:(over 18) $14 senior (over 65) $10 junior (5-17) $5 group (12 or more) $7.50
13 June 2016|
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Response from MendoBotanicGardens | Property representative |
Hi there! We have a range of admission fees, see below: $14.00 General (18 and older) $10.00 Seniors (65 and older) $ 7.00 MCRPD Resident (Gualala to Westport) $ 7.00 Active Duty Military Personnel $ 5.00 Juniors (aged... More