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

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Visiting the Gardens

HOURS

We are open every day of the year, with the exception of the Saturday after Labor Day (Winesong Charity Auction & Tasting); Thanksgiving; and Christmas.

General admission guest passes are not accepted for entry during our two annual events — Art in the Gardens (1st Saturday in August) and Festival of Lights (4 weekends following Thanksgiving); an event ticket must be purchased as these are major fundraisers for the Gardens.

Summer Hours* (March–October): 9:00am to 5:00pm 
Winter Hours (November–February): 9:00am to 4:00pm

*Extended Summer hours: Open until 7:00pm each Friday and Saturday in June, July, and August!


ADMISSION

All proceeds directly benefit our non-profit botanical garden and our mission to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.

$15.00    General (15 and older) 
$12.00    Seniors (65 and older) 
$10.00   MCRPD Resident (local residents - Gualala to Westport) 
$8.00     Juniors (aged 6 to 14)
FREE      Children (aged 5 and under)

Members are free. Become a member today!

$10.00                  Member's Guests (when accompanied by member)
$12.00/person    Group Rates (12 or more visitors paid in one transaction)
FREE                     Active Duty Military
FREE                     American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Garden Program Members!


FEATURES & ACCESSIBILITY

  • The Gardens' main trails are wheelchair accessible to the ocean. We have a number of electric carts available for guests with mobility issues on a first come, first served basis. A $10 fee will be charged for rental. A cart rental agreement must be signed in order to rent an electric cart.  For your safety, electric carts are not available on wet/rainy days.
  • You may purchase lunch from Rhody's Garden Café to take into the Gardens, or bring your own picnic food to enjoy within the Gardens.
  • Dogs welcome! Well-mannered dogs on leashes no longer than 6 feet are welcome and enjoy free admission. Please note: Dogs are not permitted at some of our special events including but not limited to Art in the Gardens (1st Saturday in August) and Festival of Lights (mid-November to mid-December). Please plan to keep your pets at home or arrange for doggy daycare during these special events.

GROUPS, TOURS, & WEDDINGS

  • Group discounts are available for 12 or more guests. Please note, the group admissions payment must be made in one transaction.
  • Weekend workshops and classes – Our Calendar includes information on classes, workshops, and ongoing monthly activities.
  • Education programs for visiting schools (one month notice required). Educational/student groups of all ages receive free admission. For more information about scheduling a tour, please call 707-964-4352 ext. 10 or administration@gardenbythesea.org.
  • Docent-led tours are available upon request with at least 2-weeks’ notice. We require a $25 deposit per docent and recommend 1 docent for every 12-15 people/students. This deposit is ONLY kept if the tour is canceled without 72-hours’ notice. Please note: We do not start scheduling your docents until we receive the deposit. Our seasonal café (open mid-April through mid-September) offers boxed lunches for 12 or more people with a 3-weeks’ notice. Contact administration@gardenbythesea.org or call 707-964-4352 x10 if you have any questions or would like to arrange for a tour or boxed lunches.
  • Weddings Ceremonies & Receptions: We are here to make your day special. We encourage you to take a tour of the Gardens and discover the seven venues available for a wedding ceremony or reception. More information and pictures of our most popular sites. For information about booking a wedding or to schedule a tour, please contact 707-964-4352 ext. 19 or weddings@gardenbythesea.org.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about visiting the Gardens call us at 707-964-4352 ext 16 (during normal business hours, 7 days a week) or use our contact form (weekdays).