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


Visiting the Gardens


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!


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   Coast Resident (MCRPD district - 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 a 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!


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Docent-led tours are available upon request with at least 2-weeks’ notice. There is a $25 charge per docent and recommend 1 docent for every 12-15 people/students. Please note: We do not start scheduling your docents until we receive the deposit. The docent fee is refundable if cancellation occurs no later than 1 week prior to the scheduled date. Our seasonal café (open mid-April through mid-September) offers boxed lunches for 12 or more people with a 3-weeks’ notice. Contact 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


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).