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


Collections & Areas

Located on 47 acres that lie between California's scenic Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean, this magnificent site includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a closed-cone pine forest. Set among this striking background is a varied array of plant collections. Our moderate climate allows us to grow a wide range of tender species plants which cannot survive the more extreme heat or cold that occurs in other locations.

Links on the right sidebar will take you to information about each of our collections and areas. 

Map of MCBG

MCBG Plant Bed Map

How to read our plant labels

Bloom Seasons at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

February, March, April
Rhododendrons, camellias, daffodils, magnolias, flowering cherry, and Pacific Coast Iris

May, June, July
Rhododendrons, heritage roses, perennials, succulents and cacti, lilies, heaths, summer heathers, coastal and forest wildflowers

August, September, October
Dahlias, heritage roses, heathers, begonias, fuchsias, hydrangeas, perennials at their peak bloom

November, December, January
Late perennials, winter heaths and heathers, camellias, magnolias, azaleas, early rhododendrons, grevilleas, and wild mushrooms

All year long
Organic vegetables, quiet forests, fern canyons, rare conifers, stunning ocean views from the Cliff House, spring and fall bird migrations, whale watching with peak migration in the winter and spring.

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    The Camellia Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens includes numerous species, selected cultivars, and interspecific hybrids. In fact, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has the largest species collection on the West Coast!
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    The Conifer Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens contains nearly 200 different varieties, including dwarf, intermediate, and large specimens. Of these, 66 are species (not cultivars). Thirty-seven of those species are on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of threatened species and are classified as our Rare Conifer Collection.
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    Here on the North Coast, fuchsias enjoy a nearly perfect climate. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens maintains a collection of both species and hybrids. Over 50 fuchsias have been planted in the Woodland Garden. There is also a lovely display of trailing fuchsias in the Display House. Visit the Gardens any time from summer to late fall, even in winter if the weather is mild, to enjoy the fuchsias.
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    The Heaths and Heathers Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association as a "Collection of National Significance" through its Plant Collections Network.
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    Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has an extensive selection of Magnolias.
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    The mild maritime climate of northern California's coast is ideal for growing rhododendrons of all varieties. The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has a collection of more than 1,000 tender species and hybrid rhododendrons.