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

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    Gardens' founders Ernie and Betty Schoefer

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    Gardens' founder Ernie Schoefer

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    Gardens' founder Betty Schoefer

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    Ernie with the original entry sign in 1970

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    The original gift shop

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    Betty and her rhododendrons

Retro Sunday – Community Appreciation Day

Sunday, April 21, 2019

PARKING IS LIMITED ~ Please plan to carpool as this is a very popular day to visit!

Flash back to the early 1960s and the origins of Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with $1 admission for everyone on Sunday, April 21, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Retro Sunday is Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens day of giving back to the community that has supported us for more than 58 years! The Gardens was founded in 1961 by retired nurseryman Ernest Schoefer and his wife, Betty. Ernest's keen eye spotted the ample supply of water augmented by the mild coastal climate and quality soil essential to acid-loving plants like Rhododendrons. The Grand Opening of the Gardens was in 1966.

For those who have not visited in a while, come see what’s new and blooming this spring. Tour the expanded organic demonstration Vegetable Garden. Delight in the rhododendron season peak bloom, roses, coastal wildflowers, and so much more. Introduce a friend to the Gardens and spend the day wandering the 47 acres of botanical bliss. Find inspiration for your home garden, have a family picnic, walk the dog, or find a quiet spot to melt the day away... just a few ideas to get you started.

Well-behaved dogs on 6ft. non-retractable leash welcome. Please clean up after your dog and dispose of the baggie in a trash receptacle. Be mindful that not everyone loves dogs.

Please, no smoking anywhere in the Gardens. Thank you.


Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019

Schedule Details: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Payment Information: $1 per person

Contact Phone: 707-964-4352 ext. 16