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

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    Limnanthes douglasii – Meadowfoam

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    Asaurum cadatum – Wild Ginger

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    Scoliopus bigelovii – Fetid Adderstongue

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    Castilleja mendocinensis – Mendocino Coast Indian paintbrush

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    Brodiaea terrestris ssp. terrestris

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    Rhododendron occidentale – Western Azalea

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    Dudleya farinosa – Bluff Lettuce

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    Iris douglasiana – Douglas Iris

Native Plants

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens places a high value on native plants. On our 47-acre property approximately 32 acres are dedicated to ecological restoration. We also feature California natives in our landscape where they are appropriate and some of our most valuable collections (such as, rhododendrons) have local native species.

A botanical garden is the perfect place to educate the public about all plants, including native plants, and introduced plants — which leads to important discussions about local ecology and land stewardship. Native plants add to the beauty of our plant palette and add to the relevance of our mission to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems and to preserve public access to the coast. 

Bluff Wildflowers
Typical bloom time: March through June

Spring visitors may see California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), angelica (Angelica hendersonii), live-forever (Dudleya farinosa), seaside wooly sunflower (Eriophyllum staechadifolium), seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus), sea thritft (armeria maritima), and goldfields (lasthenia californica). The coastal grasslands or prairies were once the most species-rich grassland types in North America. Most have been lost to urbanization and agriculture. The Gardens’ coastal grasslands were once used to grow potatoes and other crops. Restoration of the grasslands is under way, we are managing the exotic and invasive grasses to protect the local, coastal grassland species such as tufted hairgrass (Deschampsia caespitosa), Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana), California blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), lupine (Lupinus variicolor), and footsteps-of-spring (Sanicula arctopoides). Please stay on designated trails in this delicate area, we appreciate your mindful enjoyment of our native coastal grasslands.

Non-native plants as villans?

In our mind, no plants are villains. There are many, many plants that have been introduced that are beautiful and well-behaved. Other introduced plants are intrusive and hard to handle. Likewise, there are plenty of natives that can take their rightful place in the ornamental garden or wild areas, and some natives that behave as weeds (intruders). It is the responsibility of every gardener to be mindful of local ecology and natural spaces. It is the role of botanical gardens to set the tone for how humans relate to all plants in our back yards and around the world. 

MCBG Plant Bed Map

Photos of MCBG Native Plants


HOLIDAY FUN WITH NATIVE PLANTS

In 2020, the Gardens join botanic gardens, nurseries, and the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) for a little holiday fun! Check out a quick video about the Gardens' experience with the inaugural Wreath Masters competition – watch it on the MCBG YouTube Channel.