Magnolias at the Gardens
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has a growing collection of Magnolias, some of which are endangered in the wild. The genus contains around 210 flowering species worldwide, with numerous hybrids grown for ornamental use, though the Gardens contain a small selection.
Magnolias are an ancient genus, one of the first flowering plants on the planet. Having evolved before bees appeared, Magnolias are pollinated by beetles. Trees of the Magnoliaceae family are valued for their timber, medicinal, and food products. About two-thirds of species are distributed in Asia, with the remaining species found in eastern North and Central America and the West Indies.
The Gardens is expanding its collection of Magnolias thanks, in large part, to the late Peter Schick who donated many interesting species and hybrids. For more specific information about Magnolias, see The Magnolia Society website.