The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the only public garden in the continental United States that fronts directly to the ocean. Founded in 1961 by retired nurseryman Ernest Schoefer and his wife, Betty, the gardens are now operated by the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District.
What makes this garden very unique is the number of zones that you pass through on your hike from the visitor center to the bluffs along the beach. Located on 47 acres that lie between California's scenic Highway One and the Pacific Ocean, this magnificent site includes canyons, wetlands, coastal bluffs, and a closed-cone pine forest. Set among this striking background is a varied array of plant collections. The moderate coastal climate allows a wide range of tender species which cannot survive the more extreme heat or cold that occurs in other locations.
Photos by Matt Knowles
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway One
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
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