Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is one of only a handful of public gardens that front an ocean shore. The Gardens is highly photogenic and offers world-recognized collections and a diversity of flora all year long. The mild maritime climate of the Mendocino Coast offers ideal growing conditions for rhododendrons, heaths and heathers, dahlias, heritage roses, succulents, conifers, and so much more. The Gardens is the number one attraction in visitation on the Mendocino Coast, with more than 70,000 visitors each year. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ranks among the best botanical gardens in North America and was voted the fifth “Best Botanical Garden” in the Nation by USA Today's 10Best of 2017. Only 20 of the nation’s best botanical gardens were nominated (see all 10Best Botanical Gardens).
We welcome media inquiries, whether from freelance journalists, travel writers, home and garden writers, or bloggers. We welcome promotion venues from print, video, blog, and other online social media sites to spread the word. Writing about our not-for-profit garden also helps promote our mission to "engage and enrich lives."
Requests for press passes must be submitted a minimum of 72 hours in advance of your visit. Written or emailed requests must include credentials, complete contact information, and a proposal for your piece, including target audience and how the piece will be disseminated (online, social media, print, etc.). We ask that you provide follow-up by emailing links or sending a print copy.
For more information, contact:
707 964-4352 ext. 22
Please email our Marketing Coordinator for high-resolution images and additional information about the Gardens.
2018 Major Events
Annual Rhododendron Show Saturday & Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018—California’s largest Rhododendron show, co-sponsored with the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, features more than 700 entries.
Retro Sunday—Community Appreciation Day Sunday, April 22, 2018—A day of giving back to the community that has supported us for more than 55 years!
Art in the Gardens Saturday, August 4, 2018 — A day of incredible art, delicious food, wine and beer, music, and much more!
Festival of Lights November 23–December 16, 2018 (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) — Celebrate the season with an evening at the Gardens, as thousands of lights sparkle throughout the Gardens.
Festival of Lights Gala TBD—This grand event raises funds to allow all children 16 and under free admission to the Festival of Lights.