Whether you seek a peaceful retreat with the family, an afternoon to connect with nature, an opportunity to learn about Northern California wildlife and ecology, or you intend to discover the subject of your next work of art – Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will undoubtedly inspire. The grounds are open year-round, and the reasonable admission goes directly back into maintaining the non-profit gardens and amenities.
Remember to check their website for special events as well! The annual summer Art in the Gardens festival features fine art, live music, food and beverages in addition to access to the spectacular grounds. Each winter, the gardens are transformed into an enchanting, sparkling footpath for the Festival of Lights, complete with a cozy tent to enjoy live music, refreshments, and spirits to warm up. The gardens are also available for workshops and wedding ceremonies.
If you’re not sure that you’ve got the energy for all 47 acres, you can still get a taste for the grounds by dining at Rhody’s Garden Café, which is open to the public for lunch seasonally. Dine-in at a table alongside the perennial gardens or enjoy your meal outside on a garden picnic bench. The menu consists of a unique selection of homemade soups, organic salads made with home-grown vegetables, creative paninis and locally-sourced desserts. Rhody’s is proud to feature sweet treats from Mendocino businesses such as Cowlick’s Ice Cream.