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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Updated on March 14, 2012

California's Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Garden by the Sea

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are located in Northern California in Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg is a beautiful vacation spot with the gardens being one of the highlights. They are located on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

I'm lucky to live here and love to take walks through the gardens combining exercise, fresh air and beautiful scenery. I feel like I'm on a mini-vacation every time I stroll the gardens.

A variety of plants bloom at different times throughout the year so it looks different every time. You'll find thousands of plants and wildlife. There are also sculptures created by local artists.

I highly recommend Fort Bragg as a vacation destination. In fact, we have visitors who come every year to enjoy the ocean, artist galleries, gardens, and friendly people.

To find out more about the garden by the sea, click Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

NOTE: All photos Copyright 2009 Frankie Kangas

Perennial Garden

Perennial Garden
Perennial Garden

Seasonal Splendor: A Variety of Garden Plants

Something for every plant lover

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has something for everyone.

Seasons at Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. See What's Blooming on Your Visit

February, March, April

Early rhododendrons, camellias, daffodils, magnolias,cherries, and Pacific Coast iris (spring whale migration occurs during this time)

May, June, July

Rhododendrons, heritage roses, perennials,cactus, succulents, lilies, heathers, coastal and forest wildflowers

August, September, October

Perennials, dahlias, heritage roses, heathers, fuchsias, and hydrangeas

November, December, January

Late perennials, winter heathers, camellias, and wild mushrooms (winter whale migration)

Photo: the Heather Garden

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Photo Gallery - Take a virtual stroll through the gardens

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Ocean View Photo Gallery - Ocean View Photos of MCBG

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Garden Sculpture Throughout the Gardens

Beautiful garden sculpture

Fort Bragg has the largest number of artists per capita than any other town in the United States. The Arts support the Gardens and the Gardens supports the arts.

The Gardens holds a yearly event called Art in the Gardens where they showcase the work of between 40-80 artists. Part of the proceeds from sales go to the Gardens, which is a non-profit. in 2009 the Gardens has incorporated garden sculpture year-round. See the wonderful photos I took last week of the sculpture there today.

Garden Sculpture Photo Gallery - A few of the Sculptures on Display in 2009

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Map for Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens - On the coast of Northern California

A marker18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg, CA -
18220 N. Hwy 1, Fort Bragg, CA
get directions

Books about Botanical Gardens - Books for the garden lover

Heather Garden

Heather Garden
Heather Garden


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Please leave a comment about your visit to the Gardens or to give me feedback on this lens. Does the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens sound like your kind of vacation spot? Thank you.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      A beautiful lens. I love to visit botanical gardens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @PromptWriter: I think so. It's an even better place to live! Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Definitely a gorgeous place to visit.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Beautiful lens!!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You've sold me. But as a matter of pride, I'd better visit our own botanical gardens in San Luis Obispo first. We used to own property on the Mendocino Coast near Shelter Cove, but we sold it. My husband had thought we might retire in Garberville, but I was always a bit intimidated by its reputation as a place where it might be dangerous to happen across a "grower" on your property. We used to camp on our property near the Eel River.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      California's Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens sound and look beautiful and you are so lucky to live there.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      Very pretty. We hope to spend some of our winters back on the west coast so maybe we can make a stop here.

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love botanical gardens. I've been to one in Florida and one in Copenhagen, but I've not been to the one just a couple of hours from where I live. This one looks wonderful.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      First of all, I love California. Everything just grows so beautifully there. We've been on many vacations in various parts of the state, but had not stopped in Mendocino. We'll have to make sure we do next time, and see these lovely Botanical Gardens. This is the kind of stuff I really enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      It does look like a nice place to visit.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Frankie! I am seriously in love with what I see in the "Garden Sculpture Photo Gallery!" Love art in my garden. How are you my friend? Hugs. Seriously. ;)

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      That would be worth vacationing to go see...beautiful statues as well and really nice lens layout

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Wow, these picture are fantastic. Great job on this lens!!! WhiteOak hugs to you :0)

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Just beautiful!

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      [in reply to rms] Wish you could too.

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      [in reply to rms] Wish you could too.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Very pretty place, I wish i could come meet you!

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      [in reply to LindaJM] Definitely make the trip and let me know. I can show you around or point out some other wonderful sites to visit.

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Frankie! I didn't know you live that close to me! This is a lovely community resource. I hope I can drive down through your area again soon.