Goddess of the Gardens

Stroll Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

It’s what you call a Garden with a View! Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a double-whammy of stunning flora—especially rhododendrons—and coastal views. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens makes a splash in more ways than just its fantastic flora. This exquisite garden by the sea comprises 47 acres, including a bluff-side hiking trail and picnic areas.

Blooming flowers at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

rhododendrons at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Pathways lead to garden collections that mesmerize, from roses to rhododendrons—a star attraction in hundreds of fragrant species, including the 40-foot-high big leaf and the “Noyo Chief”—Fort Bragg’s official flower, identified by its vibrant red trusses. But there’s plenty more: Blossoms like camellias, irises, and dahlias are favorites, and succulents assure visitors that even cacti grow on the Mendocino Coast. A stroll through the Parrish Family Homestead features a farmhouse with apple and cherry orchards, ponds, and a cemetery.

woman at a bench overlooking Mendocino coast

Stroll beyond the lovingly tended gardens to see a wilder side, where a hiking trail overlooking the Pacific brings stunning scenery as cliffs drop dramatically to the waves below. Along the Coastal Bluff Trail you’ll find the Cliff House, a shelter perched on ocean’s edge.

BEER GARDEN BONUS: North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg has won lots of awards, and the proof is in the taproom. Pair any number of their ultra-premium pours with the pub menu.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is on the ocean side of Highway One, 2 miles south of Fort Bragg and 7 miles north of Mendocino. North Coast Brewing, 444 N. Main St. Fort Bragg. No dogs.

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