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

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    Drying shed and herb garden.

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    Veggie harvest, cleaned and ready to donate!

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Vegetable Garden and Orchard

Working Organic Demonstration Garden

Located on the southern boundary of the Gardens, near the historic farmhouse and original Parrish Family homestead, the Vegetable Garden is an organic demonstration garden that also provides thousands of pounds of fresh produce to our local food bank. Additionally, our garden provides our on-premises Rhody's Garden Café with the freshest greens, vegetables, and edible flowers for salads and soups, and herbs for salad dressings and seasoning. 

Created and maintained by staff and a dedicated group of volunteers, this five-acre garden is a mix of annual and perennial vegetables, medicinal and edible herbs, fruit trees, and flowering plants that attract beneficial insects. Our mild climate enables us to grow and harvest vegetables year-round. Vegetables suitable for the cool coast are grown without pesticides and herbicides. Beneficial techniques in soil building, plant selection, and natural pest control can be observed in our demonstration garden.

Each week, volunteers harvest the garden's bounty and deliver it to the Fort Bragg Food Bank. In 2013 we were able to donate more than 2,000 lbs of fresh produce. A major expansion of our Vegetable Garden in 2014 and 2015 allowed us to donate 6,274 lbs in 2014, 7,116 lbs in 2015, and 5,620 last year! A new addition is a bed filled with plants that will be used for dyeing fibers and fabrics, in partnership with Pacific Textile Arts. The expansion of this garden means we have the ability to grow, utilize, and donate more produce, at the same time offering tremendous opportunities for education at multiple levels.

CLICK HERE to view more beautiful photos from our Vegetable Garden.

Learn to make your own Sustainable Home Vegetable Garden with our 4-part learning series!


2017 Food Bank Donations YTD TOTAL: 5,795 pounds

January:  50 pounds

Photo: A colorful harvest of beets by MCBG volunteer Nancy Housel

February:  221 pounds

March:  204 pounds

April:  241 pounds

May:  286 pounds

June: 504 pounds

July: 675 pounds

August: 897 pounds

September: 967 pounds

October: 1,126 pounds

November: 705 pounds


2016 Food Bank Donations GRAND TOTAL: 5,620 pounds

Monthly totals for 2016: CLICK HERE

2015 Food Bank Donation GRAND TOTAL: 7,116 pounds

Monthly totals for 2015: CLICK HERE

2014 Food Bank Donation GRAND TOTAL: 6,274 pounds

Monthly totals for 2014: CLICK HERE

If you have a passion for vegetables, more volunteers are welcome! Contact MCBG Gardener Jaime Jensen at lead_gardener@gardenbythesea.org or call Molly at 707-964-4352 ext. 10. Photo: A colorful harvest of beets by MCBG volunteer Nancy Housel.