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

Conifer Day 2014

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Selection of conifers from Conifer Kingdom gallery image
Noyo Chapter ARS brought a beautiful display of plants for sale. gallery image
Bob Shimon bonsai gallery image
Conifer Day attracted around 75 attendees. gallery image
ACS Western Region President Joe Carli presents Mary Anny Payne with a plaque and t-shirt. gallery image
Shopping for conifers during the breaks. gallery image
Keynote speaker Brent Markus. gallery image
Presenters, sponsors, and organizers of Conifer Day gallery image
Sara Malone was a lively presenter. gallery image
Greg Giusti, UC Extension, spoke on the health and status of Mendocino County
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The Gardens was inaugurated as an American Conifer Society Reference Garden, and celebrated with a day of presentations, tours, information, specialty plant sales, and more on May 3.

Guests learned from experts about conifers and the role they can play in developing a beautiful garden. Nationally renowned dwarf conifer expert and landscape designer Brent Markus, of Rare Tree Nursery in Silverton, Oregon, was the keynote speaker. Other speakers shared information about growing conifers and the specialty plants that complement conifers.

In addition, tours of the Gardens will be given and specialty nurseries will be represented, offering rare and unusual conifer companion plants for sale. A special lunch will be available at Rhody’s Garden Café.

As one of only two ACS Reference Gardens in California and with a mild maritime climate that allows the growing of numerous types of dwarf and cultivar conifers, the Botanical Gardens is in a unique position to offer conservation and educational opportunities, and is honored to partner with ACS.

An ACS Reference Garden is a “dedicated garden that highlights the beauty, diversity, and utility of conifers in the landscape.” (

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