On Saturday, June 25, enjoy a behind-the-scenes, self-guided tour of some of the Mendocino Coast’s most beautiful country gardens, featuring landscaping artfully blended into the natural environment, on the Mendocino Art Center’s 19th Annual Mendocino Coast Garden Tour, Saturday, June 25, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The day’s festivities will also include a garden shop and plant sale at the Mendocino Art Center and a gourmet vegetarian luncheon at Ravens’ Restaurant at the Stanford Inn by the Sea, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Mendocino Art Center. The Garden Tour is the Art Center’s largest annual fundraiser.
Gardens on this year’s self-guided tour include:
• An ideal coastal garden with over 200 ericaceous, cultivars, rhododendrons, pieris, azaleas, heathers and conifers, as well as other perennials viewable on the many pathways.
• A lushly landscaped garden sitting on eight acres at the end of a country lane. Three acres of tended gardens are surrounded by fields, forest, and towering redwoods.
• A weaver’s garden who loves incorporating color into her weaving and into her landscape design.
• A garden with themed rooms, including Japanese, water, vegetable, and succulent.
• The Noyo Hill Farm, located on the bluff overlooking Noyo Harbor. The owners, with their expertise and love for plants, have created a beautiful farm with organically grown fresh produce.
• The Weller House Inn (on the National Register of Historical Places, circa 1886) gardens were replanted in the late 1990s, with the idea of creating an English garden. The main lawn is ringed with soft-hued plants such as lavender, nepeta, artichoke and iris. Flashy edibles flank the front porch, near a collection of fragrant heritage roses. Succulents, including the native cliffhanger Dudleya, thrive atop the Water Tower, which is the high point in town.
• The Surf Motel and Gardens received the 2008 “Mayor’s Well Done Award” and the 2010 Fort Bragg Garden Club’s first place award. A highlight of these beautiful gardens is a gazebo, a peaceful spot where guests can relax and enjoy the colorful flowers and a spectacular view of the ocean.
Benefit Lunch at Ravens’ Restaurant
Stanford Inn’s Ravens’ Restaurant, will host a special gourmet meal for Garden Tour guests, featuring Indian cuisine, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Mendocino Art Center.
“Imagine… a Garden” Exhibit
To coincide with the Garden Tour, the Mendocino Art Center’s Main and Nichols galleries will feature “Imagine… a Garden,” a juried garden-themed exhibit with a wide spectrum of art, including ceramics, sculpture, paintings, photography and more, June 3-25.
Garden Shop & Plant Sale
On June 25, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., browse the Mendocino Art Center’s Garden Shop, featuring a special sale on Mendocino Maples’ gorgeous Japanese maples, creative handcrafted garden art and many other surprises.
Garden Tour tickets ($40) and lunch tickets ($20) may be purchased by calling the Mendocino Art Center at 707 937-5818, ext. 10, or ordering online at the Art Center Web site.