Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway One
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Local Phone: (707) 964-4352
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens 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 gardens opened in 1966 and by 1992 had been purchased with grants from the California Coastal Conservancy and transferred to the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District.
The gardens are best known for their tender, fragrant and rare species of rhododendrons. Native to the cloud forests of Southeast Asia and the Himalayas, these gems are restricted in the United States to a narrow band along the Northern California coast, where they thrive in the foggy, coastal climate.
Don't leave your best friend in the car! Dogs are welcome on leash in the gardens.
What's in Bloom:
February, March, April: Early rhododendrons, camellias, daffodils, magnolias, cherries and Pacific Coast iris (spring whale migration also 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 occurs during this season).
$15 General (15 and older)
$12 Seniors (65 and older)
$10 Local Residents (Gualala to Westport)
$8 Juniors (aged 6 to 14)
FREE Children (aged 5 and under)
Well-mannered dogs on leashes no longer than 6 feet are welcome and enjoy free admission!
Open daily all year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Saturday after Labor Day. Please note: Dogs are not permitted at some of our special events including but not limited to Art in the Gardens (1st Saturday in August) and Festival of Lights (mid-November to mid-December).
March - October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November - February: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• From Fort Bragg, take Highway 1 south of town 2 miles.
• From Mendocino, take Highway 1 north 7 miles.
• From San Francisco, take Highway 101 north 132 miles, turn left on Highway 20 and drive 33 miles to Highway 1. Turn left and find the gardens a quarter-mile down the road on the ocean side of the highway.