Digger Creek & Northern Railroad Model now open the 2nd & 4th weekends from 10:30- 3:30 until April. Enjoy the historical scale model railway or you can bring your own G Scale locomotive and run it through our model.
At the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, you’ll find a huge selection of indigenous plants, including many types of rhododendrons. They also have a fine collection of heathers, as well as a personal favorite: the Dahlia Garden. In August and September, the Dahlia Garden is awash with an astounding variety of dahlias of all sizes, shapes, and colors.
Located at 18220 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg, 707-964-4352.
Staff-led tours are offered at the Gardens on Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
* Natural History of the Gardens – 1st Monday
* Guided Garden Tour – 2nd & 3rd Monday
* Birds in the Gardens – 4th Monday
The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens were founded in 1961 by Ernest Schoefer, a retired nurseryman, and his wife Betty. They began the task of clearing, planting, and trail-building on the 47-acre property. By 1992, the Mendocino Coast Recreation and Park District bought the entire property with grants from the California State Coastal Conservancy. The Gardens are a nonprofit organization, supported entirely by admissions, memberships, donations, and a lot of work by volunteers. Featuring indigenous plants, this is a beautiful place for picnics and walks, and they allow dogs on leash, too!
The Gardens host several major fundraisers each year: Art in the Gardens and WineSong!.One of the most amazing things to see is the Dahlia Garden in August, when all of the dozens of varieties of dahlias are in bloom. They have created a wonderful side garden ringed with dahlias — you won’t believe how beautiful they can be!
Access: the Gardens are on Highway One a scant mile south of Fort Bragg, and 7 miles north of Mendocino.
- February, March, April: Camellias, early Rhododendrons, Daffodils, Magnolias, Flowering Plums, Pacific Coast Iris
- May, June, July: peak Rhododendrons, Perennials, Foxgloves, Heritage Roses, Cactus Garden, Lilies, Summer Heathers
- August, September, October: peak Perennials, Dahlias & butterflies, Fuchsias, Heritage Roses, Heathers
- November, December, January: Japanese Maples, late Perennials, Winter Heathers, Mushrooms