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


Gala 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:00 to 9:00PM

What a grand evening it was! CLICK HERE to receive information about next year's Gala as it becomes available...

As crisp fall air gives way to long winter nights, we gather in the spirit of the season offering an exclusive viewing of the Gardens aglow. Be the first to stroll the scintillant paths of brilliant color. 

The cozy tent will be transformed into a dazzling fantasia of sparkling ice and snow complete with music, drink, and sumptuous bites. Join us for an evening of surprises and delights.

Sway to lively jazz performed by the Dorian May Trio with guest vocalist Sharon Garner. This year's Gala will include a bountiful hors d'oeuvre menu assembled by the Noyo Harbor Inn & Restaurant and KBistro.

Here is a sneak peek at the menu (more delicious bites to be added):

Begin with bubbly provided by Fathers & Daughters CellarsNorth Coast Brewing Company craft brews, and some of the best wines Mendocino County has to offer. Savor an elaborate cheese fondue station with non-dairy vegan dip, Dungeness crab bisque, local mushroom risotto, oyster bar provided by Caito Fisheries, cheese and charcuterie platters provided by Roundman's Smokehouse, a variety of appetizers, and a decadent array of desserts provided by Harvest Market!

Tickets are $100 per person and include live music, food, wine, beer, bubbly, a special preview of the lighted gardens, live auction, and the chance to win raffle prizes! All proceeds from this fundraiser event help to support Festival of Lights and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 

Tickets are limited and sell fast! Purchased yours today by calling 707-964-4352 ext 10.

Get ready to bid!

This year we are adding the excitement of a live auction to the mix. Here is a special preview of the auction items: 

Southern Humboldt Hideaway

Enjoy the seclusion of Southern Humboldt and the elegant hospitality of the historic Benbow Inn. The Garberville area has lots to offer, from golfing, fishing in the Eel River, horseback riding and wine tasting. Set out for a picnic in the redwoods with your gift basket from Harvest Market filled with scrumptious bites and set out for a picnic in the redwoods. Once back home, cruise along the coastal trails of Mendocino with your new turquoise adult trike!

  • 2-night stay for two at the Benbow Historic Inn  
  • Sun Traditional Trike by Sun Bicycles
  • Flavorful gift basket provided by Harvest Market
  • Handcrafted quilt made by Sharon Gieras

Cedar Run Cabin Getaway

Enjoy a 3-night stay for you and your family at a quaint abode nestled in the tall trees of Inglenook. Cedar Run is more than just a cozy comfortable cottage in the woods, it's a soul-rendering experience. Unwind in the private hot tub with some local wine and treat a special someone to dinner at the Westport Inn. This package is great for a family of four, couples or a small group of friends.

  • 3-night stay for four at Cedar Run cabin
  • Tour of the Noyo Harbor for four with Captain Dan 
  • Dining certificate for the Westport Inn & Old Abalone Pub
  • Two bottles of Witching Stick Wines

Inn at Newport Ranch Retreat

The Inn at Newport Ranch is a 2,000 acre coastal cattle ranch just north of Fort Bragg. It is nationally-recognized for its architecture, panoramic ocean views and 20 miles of hiking and riding trails through rugged forest and across the majestic Mendocino coastline.

  • 2-night stay for two in the luxurious ocean view Birdhouse Suite
  • Complimentary breakfast and a fireside happy hour
  • Seasonally inspired dinner for two 
  • Private coastal and redwood ATV safari for two


Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018