Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

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United States of America - California - Fort Bragg

Institution Code: MCBG

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: No

Welcome to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Welcome to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

About the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The mild maritime climate makes it a garden for all seasons, attracting gardeners and nature lovers alike. Manicured formal gardens, a dense coastal pine forest, fern-covered canyons, diverse plant collections, and flower-filled coastal bluffs overlooking the blue Pacific Ocean are among the many attractions. Whale watchers can take shelter in the Cliff House to view winter and spring migrations, bird lovers will delight in the over 160 species of birds that live in or visit the Gardens annually. All this and more awaits you.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' mission is to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with our Northern California coastal ecosystems.

Main Address:
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
18220 North Highway One
Fort Bragg
California 95437 United States of America

Telephone: (707) 964-4352
Fax: (707) 964-3114
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Molly Barker, Executive Director
    Curator's Name: Jamie Jensen, Lead Gardener
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 7
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 5

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1961
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 14 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 6 Hectares
  • Total Area: 19 Hectares
    Latitude: 39.4094380
    Longitude: -123.8101810
    Annual Rainfall: 1040 mm
    Altitude: 9.15 Metres
    Total area of shadehouses: 420 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: No
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 70000
    Number of Volunteers: 120

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 6320
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 2830
  • Special Collections:Begonias


    Closed-Cone Pine Forest

    Coastal Bluffs and Marine Zone



    Heaths and Heathers

    Heritage Rose Garden

    Mae E. Lauer Display House: Begonias and Fuchsias





    Succulents/Mediterranean Garden

    Vegetable Garden
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: Yes
    ABS Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: Yes
    Education: Yes
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: No
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: Yes
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: Yes
    Education Programme: Yes