Our mission is to conserve plants suited to the climate of the Mendocino Coast and display them for the enjoyment and education of our guests.
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden 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.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden was founded in 1961 by retired nurseryman Ernest Schoefer and his wife,Betty. Ernest’s keen eye spotted the ample supply of water augmented by the mild coastal climate and quality soil essential to acid-loving plants like Rhododendrons.The Grand Opening of the Garden was in 1966. By 1992, the Gardens had been purchased with grants from the California Coastal Conservancy and transferred to the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District.
Over 60,000 people a year experience the wonderful and often mysterious journey through the Garden. It is a place to play, to contemplate, to learn, to relax, to touch, to smell, to feel, to enjoy, to be inspired, to walk your dog, to experience the fragile joys of life, to respect, to conserve, and to love.
We are open daily all year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Saturday following Labor Day in September.
March – October: 9 am to 5 pm
November – February: 9 am to 4 pm
In March and April, hybrid rhododendrons tower overhead, dropping petals on the trails below. These old-time hybrids, planted over 40 years ago,are hard to find in nurseries today. Yet hybrids such as ‘Cynthia’ with its pink trusses continue to elicit “ooohs” and “aahs” from visitors.
The perennial garden is a delight with bulbs,flowers and grasses blooming from spring to fall. Visitors are often surprised that a mild and sometimes foggy climate can accommodate cactus and succulents, yet many grow well here.
Fees: ADMISSION: $10.00 General (18 and older); $7.50 Seniors (60 and older); $5.00 MCRPD Resident (Gualala to Westport); $4.00 Juniors (13 to 17); $2.00 Children (6 to 12); Children 5 and under are free.
ADA Accessibility Notes
The Gardens’ main trails are wheelchair accessible to the ocean. We provide electric carts for guests with special needs on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pet Friendly Notes
Well-mannered dogs on leashes are always welcome and enjoy free admission.
For More Information, Contact:
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway One, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
(707) 964-4352 · fax (707)964-3114