Stop and smell the roses when you visit the beautiful Mendocino Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, CA. If you’re looking for a little fresh air accompanied by the sweet scent of blooming flowers, sniff no further than the Mendocino Gardens. This gorgeous Northern California attraction is just close enough to the beach so that you can feel the salty breeze of the Pacific Ocean as you stroll through 47 acres of colorful flowers. This is a fantastic place to escape any stresses of daily life and spend time with nature. Plus, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens always has something exciting going on.
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What You Need to Know Mendocino Botanical Gardens
When Are the Mendocino Botanical Gardens Open?
The Mendocino Gardens are open year-long with different hours depending on the season. During the summer season between March and October, you can stroll the rows of flowers between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If you visit on a Friday or Saturday during the summer months, you can stay to watch a colorful sunset because the gardens close at 7 p.m.
Visitors who come during the winter months between November and February can view the gardens between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Flowers to Explore
The public gardens bloom for acres alongside bluffs overlooking the ocean. It’s the perfect spot to spend a day, and there is such a wide variety of plants to discover as you make your way through the grounds.
Here are the floral collections to explore:
- Camellia Collection
- Conifer Collection
- Fuschia Collection
- Heath and Heather Collection
- Magnolia Collection
- Rhododendron Collection
Mendocino Botanical Gardens Events
Art in the Gardens
Visit during the first Saturday in August for the annual Art in the Gardens event. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the creative expression of local artists while admiring the gardens, listening to music, and enjoying the best local beer, wine, and foods.
How Much Are Tickets to Art in the Gardens?
You can attend Art in the Gardens for $20 in advance or $30 at the door. Kids over six-years-old can get in for $5!
Wine lovers can sip and stroll for a little extra. If you want to take part in a wine tasting for 10 California wineries, we recommend you get a wine tasting ticket for an additional $25. After all, what’s better than a day of wine, flowers, and sunshine?
Mendocino Festival of Lights
Imagine a merry night walking beside twinkling Christmas lights in the most charming garden atmosphere. For four weekends after Thanksgiving, you can feel like you’ve stepped into a holiday fairytale as you experience the floral wonderland that is the Mendocino Festival of Lights. Walk through ocean fantasies and shooting stars, as you make your way to a heated tent for more excitement.
The botanical gardens offer hot cocoa, spiced cider, desserts, and wine to help get you in the spirit! If you need to get warmed up, there’s always the option to dance the night away as the event offers the best live music in town!
How Much Are Tickets to the Mendocino Festival of Lights?
You can enjoy this floral wonderland of Mendocino for $10 per adult and free for children.
Relax in the Best Cottages in Mendocino
Nestled between a meadow and the rugged Northern California shoreline are the perfect Mendocino accommodations. Relax in one of our cottages, rooms, or vacation homes for a relaxing retreat.
Our Garden Cottage is the perfect place to escape your daily stresses and admire nature. It’s our most secluded property and has a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean as well as our gardens.
Don’t wait any longer. Check our availability and book a peaceful getaway to Mendo today!