Plant Collections at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
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.
We are especially known for our rhododendrons. Our collection includes more than 125 species of rhododendrons and more than 190 cultivars, many developed by our region's enthusiastic and generous rhododendron growers. More than 1,000 rhododendrons can be seen blooming throughout the Gardens from early spring until June.
Links in the sidebar will take you to information about our collections. Pages include photo galleries for each collection.
For your visit to the Gardens, download our All MCBG Plants PDF document.
Seasons at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
February, March, April
Early rhododendrons, camellias, daffodils, magnolias, flowering cherry, and Pacific Coast iris. Spring whale migration also occurs during this time.
May, June, July
Rhododendrons, heritage roses, perennials, succulents and cacti, lilies, heathers, coastal and forest wildflowers.
August, September, October
Perennials, dahlias, heritage roses, heathers, fuchsias, and hydrangeas.
November, December, January
Late perennials, winter heathers, camellias, and wild mushrooms. Winter whale migration.
- Tuberous Begonias at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens lend a riot of color to the Mae E. Lauer Display House from summer into fall.
- The Camellia Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens includes species, selected cultivars, and interspecific hybrids.
- The Closed-Cone Pine Forest creates an imporant wind break for Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
- Coastal bluff and marine zone habitat at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg, California. On the spectacular Mendocino Coast.
- 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.
- The Dahlia Collection at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens contains more than 120 different cultivars and provides a bright backdrop to mid and late summer weddings and ceremonies.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Heritage Rose Garden at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens features varieties dating to the 19th century.
- The Mae E. Lauer Display House at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens holds a riot of flowers during summer and fall, with a mix of Begonias and Fuchsias.
- Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens has an extensive selection of Magnolias.
- Wild mushrooms abound at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in the autumn.
- Our Perennial Garden provides a pleasing display of an unusually large number of perennials, as well as woody specimens.
- 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.
- Our Succulent and Mediterranean Garden is a showcase of plants that are drought-tolerant while offering variation in texture and color year-round.
- The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Vegetable Garden and Orchard is a working model of sustainability and best practices. Our demonstration garden provides thousands of pounds of produce for our local food bank, in addition to produce for Rhody's Garden Café.