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


Annual Appeal 2022


Donate to the Gardens' annual funding appeal

The Gardens have treasures both obvious and elusive.

Our Rhododendron Collection is vast and impressive, the flowers demand appreciation and need no explanation. The limbs are strong and attractive, providing needed structure. But look closely, and you’ll see lichens clinging to branches, and they deserve careful attention. Lichens can be silver and threadlike, pale green platelets, rusty spots, cup-like, and more. They are small, but mighty, diverse mutualistic organisms — fungus and algae working together. And did you know they are so sensitive to the cleanliness of the air around them that they are used as bioindicators of fresh air by scientists? Yes, they are.

Think of all of us together as lichens on a branch. Beyond the striking and obvious beauty of the garden, there is — slightly out of sight like lichens — the tremendous dedication of our staff and donors at the core of the Gardens.

This is our annual appeal for financial support which fuels our essential operations. The gifts we receive go directly to the decidedly unglamorous aspects of running this precious garden by the sea. Tools, mulch, irrigation, wages, motor oil, insurance, ink cartridges, you get the idea. In a nutshell, we ask for your help in providing those things that are needed to keep the Gardens strong and flourishing.

We realize there are many important non-profits asking for your support and we hope that you will consider a gift to us this season. Please join us in appreciating the marvelous array of resources we have from the showy rhodie trusses to our branches covered in lichen.


Molly Barker
Executive Director, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

We hope you will consider making a donation to help us keep this natural wonder growing strong. This annual request for your support makes a critical difference.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is fully deductible to the extent the law allows. You can donate through our website (click here) or mail your donation in the form of a check written to "Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens". Our mailing address is 18220 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.


Please note, this gift is not an annual membership. If you'd like to become a member, click here.