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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

I put Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on my list of places to visit when I toured parts of northern California recently with two of my sons.At first my sons were in favor of dropping me off while they saw some attraction more suitable, in their opinion, for young adult men. I convinced them to come with me, and in the end they were very happy they came. It was one of the best places we visited on our vacation.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens includes 47 acres of land with winding trails, including a coastal trail that features spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Plants from all over the world thrive in the mild climate, where frequent fog humidifies and protects plants from the intensity of full sun, and a backdrop of trees shelters perennials from strong winds. Because of the high water table, plants are grown in mounded beds to insure good drainage. During our September visit, featured plants were dahlias, begonias, fuchsias, heathers, and many perennials at their peak. 

MCBG also includes a large vegetable garden with organic vegetables. Strawberries were just ripening, and we appreciated the sign that told us to eat some, leave some. They were delicious!

The trail to the Pacific took us past lush ferns and beneath coastal trees before opening to bright light and sweeping views of the ocean.


I have given you a small taste of what we experienced; if you are ever in the Mendocino area, be sure to see this wonderful Garden!

Best wishes to you all, Deb 


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Reader Comments (8)

I'm glad you enjoyed it. This one's on my bucket list!

September 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

What a lovely garden! And I am glad the boys tagged along and enjoyed the garden as well :)

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered Commentergone Tropical

Your photos show a beautiful garden with wonderful planting, I can understand why you and your sons enjoyed it.

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Don't you just love it when you can entertain your boys when they least expect it. This place would entertain anyone if they just like to be outside. I love those rocky shorelines and those exotic blooms.

September 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLisa at Greenbow

Stunning! California here I come.

September 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlistair

This looks like a must-see if I ever get to this area.

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I'm always on the lookout for a good public garden when I travel!

October 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

A beautiful garden and I really enjoyed seeing it through your lens.

October 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeter/Outlaw

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