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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

Past Events

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    This Sunday, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will be bursting with blooms and adoration for moms of all kinds.
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    MCBG Workshop, Rhododendron Basics will teach you to identify and care for rhododendrons growing in your yard. Expand your collection by learning to choose the right hybrids and species for your area while touring the Rhododendron Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
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    Enjoy free entry to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Friday, May 11 in honor of National Public Gardens Day.
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    Each year, the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) partners with Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to showcase some of the best rhodie specimens on the west coast. The 41st Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. The juried show is the largest in California with more than 700 entries entered annually filling the big tent with cascades of color and fragrance.
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    Retro Sunday is Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens day of giving back to the community that has supported us for more than 55 years! Enjoy $1 entrance fee, 47 acres of beautiful gardens, lunch at Rhody's or bring your own picnic.
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    Join a guided "Rhodie Walk" happening each Saturday from March 17 through April 28 and learn about the variety of rhododendrons growing throughout Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
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    The Used Book Sale will have clearance prices on an array of books from the Gardens' library! Snag some inspiration and add to your reference section with a variety of heavily discounted books on topics such as design, landscaping, plant pests, botany, horticulture, and more.
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    Stock up on plants for your spring garden at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' annual Spring Plant Sale!
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    Rhody’’s Garden Cafe at the Botanical Gardens re-opens on Thursday, April 19! Bringing back your favorite grilled paninis, made-to-order sandwiches, fresh salads and house-made soups, in addition to delicious drinks and desserts, including Thanksgiving Coffee and Cowlick’’s Hand Made Ice Cream. Fresh, locally sourced, and organic, Rhody’s is the place to go for lunch.
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    The Mendocino Coast Humane Society's Mobile Adoption Van will be at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with a bunch of adorable adoptable animals on Saturday, April 14 and the 3rd Saturday of each month (May–October)!
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    We are now accepting applications for Art in the Gardens 2018! Applications for this juried fine arts event will be accepted now through April 13, 2018. Jurying will take place at the end of April and we will send notifications shortly after.
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    The Gardens will be a-buzz with activities for the whole family! Celebrate spring with a stroll amidst thousands of beautiful blooms at our garden by the sea.
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    On Wednesday, March 14, we are opening a Spring Volunteer Orientation for prospective volunteers to learn about the Gardens and the various opportunities we offer. From answering questions in the store, propagating plants from seed and cuttings, and harvesting fruits and vegetables -- we have something for any time commitment, skill, and interest!
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    Soil Building 101 will explore the complexities of a gardener’s most precious resource, soil! You will gain the tools you need to identify and work with the soil in your own back yard, and learn to build soil fertility that will sustain your garden for years to come.
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    Docents are a very important part of our volunteer community. They are the public faces of our organization that guide supporters through the gardens while sharing stories, knowledge, and most importantly, enthusiasm with the community. Become a docent at the Gardens with this three-day training!
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    Bring new life to your rose garden! Join us for a hands-on training and learn basic techniques for pruning and shaping roses and other ornamental shrubs.
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    The Nursery at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has a great selection of dahlia tubers divided from our own stunning collection! This year each dahlia variety is bagged separately and marked with a color photo of the flower to help you better plan the aesthetics of your garden.
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    Learn to care for your chickens for optimum health and egg production. This class will provide you with the basic knowledge on how to get started and what to expect.
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    Victory Garden for Peace is hosting a workshop covering the basics of seed saving. Bring your seeds! Basic seed cleaning equipment will be available. BONUS: There will be a plethora of seeds to share and take home!
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    Enjoy 50% off all holiday items at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens now through New Year's Day!
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    Since 2004, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has partnered with University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to offer the University’s Master Gardener Program on the Mendocino Coast. The purpose of the program is to develop a corps of local volunteers who can advise and support environmentally friendly, successful gardening by other members of their communities.
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    Our Gardens are a living museum of plants and ecosystems. Like a museum, we must preserve and protect our specimens for purposes of education, research, conservation, historic preservation, and of course beauty. When you donate to the Gardens, your gift provides us with the resources to keep this natural wonder growing strong!
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    The Gardens is home to more than 150 species of mushrooms. These weekly docent-led walks feature mushroom identification and lore.
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    Naturalist and Mycologist, Mario Abreu leads a workshop for beginners all about mushroom identification and uses.
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    Join us at the Gardens for an unbelievable show of glittering color, live music, drinks, sweet treats, and fun in the big tent each evening of the 8th annual Festival of Lights.
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    You are invited to a woodland wonderland of enchantment and frivolity. Join us for the annual Festival of Lights Gala on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
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    #GivingTuesday - Volunteer your time or donate a portion of your savings back to a nonprofit organization that is important to you. Pay it forward. Like your shopping list, make your giving list for the holidays.
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    Stock up on home décor, plants, gifts, and more... Show your love for local business and #ShopSmall this Saturday, November 28th!
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    To express our appreciation for our servicemen and women, all military personnel (active, retired, and veterans) will receive free admission to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
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    Get a jump start on mushroom season... Join us for an extra special Mushroom Walk in celebration of the Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Festival!
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    Come dressed in your Halloween best and light up the night with some creatively carved gourds and painted pumpkins. Join us Saturday, October 28 for a pumpkin carving/design contest, festive treats, music, and more!
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    When people get together, they have the freedom to choose one project from three choices. Chances are they will learn while working on their own project how another's works by observation. The learning experience is increased if there are multiple choices.
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    Winesong is an annual charity auction and wine + food tasting produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation. Each year the auction and tasting events are held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. The Gardens will be closed to the general public on Saturday, September 9 for the 2017 Winesong Charity Auction and Tasting.
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    This extended learning series offers four classes of hands-on, brains-on training. MCBG Lead Gardener Jaime Jensen teaches the essential skills to develop a strong vegetable garden for years to come. Learn about soil preparation, garden planning, propagation, and harvesting techniques.
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    Art in the Gardens is a lively day of juried art on display and for sale. Regional foods, wine and beer tasting, music, art demonstrations, all set amongst the splendor of a 47-acre garden to the sea.
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    Join MCBG Gardener and Master Gardener, Mario Abreu for a hands-on workshop and lecture on propagating local native plants, heathers, fuchsias, dahlias, and more.
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    Join us for the 40th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show, California's LARGEST Rhododendron Show!
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    Join us for a walk and talk with Christine Casey of the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on Saturday, April 1. Ms. Casey will give a review of common bees, what they need to thrive, and how we can provide that in our gardens. The class will continue out in the Gardens for a look at plants and bees.
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    Learn how time of year and type of pruning cut can greatly influence the success of your fruit trees. This workshop will cover a complete year’s cycle of tree growth – from the tree’s perspective as well as our own.
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    Looking for the perfect way to fill your home with cheer and spread a little joy and beauty this holiday season? Consider a potted conifer, other native tree, or foundation landscape plant to enjoy in your home now; then donate your purchase back to help revegetate wildfire-affected areas of Lake County.
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    Festival of Lights, held annually at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, is a winter family classic on the Mendocino Coast, with thousands of lights creating visual delight throughout the Gardens, enchanting and delighting all ages.
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    Are you attending the premier black and white event of the season?
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    Have you started to plan for spring yet? Join MCBG Lead Gardener, Jaime Jensen in the wonderful Organic Demonstration Vegetable Garden and learn hands-on how to make the most of your veggie garden this autumn!
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    The Mendocino Coast Humane Society's Mobile Adoption Van will be at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with a bunch of adorable adoptable animals!
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    Join local specialty nursery owner, Rella Gadulka, for a hands-on workshop and overview of the wonderful world of succulents, including their growth habits and care. Discover successful techniques for potting, propagating, and companion planting. Learn to keep these water-wise plants happy from roots to leaves!
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    Celebrating our inauguration as an American Conifer Society Reference Garden.
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    MCBG Workshop, Gopher and Mole Control will teach how to rid your yard of pesky burrowing rodents.
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    Join coastal orchard expert, Di Scott for a workshop on Summertime Fruit Tree Pruning. This class will focus on basic care and pruning helping you to optimize performance from your fruit trees. Summer pruning is a great way to increase your fruit and ease winter maintenance!
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    With a riot of color, this is the largest rhododendron show in California, and a not-to-be-missed event.
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    Learn to better your garden, body, and mind... Join local Master Herbalist, Karin Uphoff for this fantastic workshop! Discover how to grow strong medicine, when and how to harvest different parts of the plant, process herbs so their medicine keeps, and how to incorporate herbs into your life.
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    Dog Days of Summer celebrated our faithful canine companions with contests, information, treats, and a barking good time!
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    The MCBG Workshop, Designing Bee-Friendly Flower Gardens, offers many colorful examples of flower filled gardens that support bees.
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    MCBG Workshop, Seed Sowing and Saving will teach you some basic seed saving and seed sowing techniques and procedures. Annual flowers, vegetables, and some perennials will be discussed.
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    The Mendocino Coast Humane Society's Mobile Adoption Van will be at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with a bunch of adorable adoptable animals on the 3rd Saturday of each month May–Dec!
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    Three-month-long workshop will teach everything you need to know to get your home vegetable garden started and producing for you.