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Festival of Lights
Thursday, December 1st, 2011 by nancy

Join us at the 2nd Annual Festival of Lights where thousands of lights transform Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens into a magical Winter Wonderland. Stroll through a tunnel of lights; amble by magical toadstools; gaze in wonder at exotic forms of lighted cacti; take your picture in front of illuminated art pieces; find your way by the glow of luminarias; be awestruck by a forest of decorated holiday trees; enjoy a hot drink and dessert; shop for holiday treasures and natural wonders; be prepared for surprises.  Special pricing on unique holiday gifts and decorations. Open every evening – 4:30 until 7:30 pm. Tickets $5, Fridays & Saturdays $10


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Live Music at Botanical Gardens, featuring Maria Muldaur
Friday, September 2nd, 2011 by dff

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is hosting a jazz, rhythm and blues concert series over Labor Day Weekend.

“Think all things Gulf Coast – music & food finished with brew from our sponsor North Coast Brewing Company. The perfect way to celebrate your Labor Day Weekend. This year’s Live! concert weekend is hotter than ever! The Gardens is featuring two of the best Blues artists in the business – Maria Muldaur and Roy Rogers. This is a Labor Day Weekend of music you will not want to miss!”

You can still buy tickets at the Gardens store, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of this World in Mendocino, and Dig! Music in Ukiah.

Saturday September 3rd : Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band
Tickets: Platinum Club – $75, General Admission $35, Lawn Seating $20. Gates open at 2pm.

Sunday, September 4th : Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
Tickets: Platinum Club – $75, General Admission $35, Lawn Seating $20. Gates open at 2pm.

No dogs, by the way. The Gardens normally allows leashed dogs, but not for these events.

More details can be found on the Gardens Web site.


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Abundance of Color at the Gardens
Sunday, August 7th, 2011 by nancy

Photo by Dennis Freeze

This is one of my favorite times of the year at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens — when the dahlias and fuchsias are in bloom. Plus, Friends of the Garden’s display artists created birdhouses for their annual auction, and I can guarantee you’ll be delighted with the creativity of these artists. You can leave a bid on your favorite birdhouse or “Buy It Now”. But don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Artist Reception and final bid night on August 19th…a guaranteed fun evening with friends, food and wine…and all for the Gardens we love. Open daily 9am – 5 pm, 18220 N. Highway One, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Mendocino Coast Garden Tour (for the Art Center)
Friday, June 24th, 2011 by dff

Flannel Bush in a GardenThe gardens on the tour are bursting with flowers right now!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.

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Farmer’s Markets open for 2011
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 by dff

Mendocino Farmer's Market is running again!

Mendocino Farmer's Market is running again!

Once again, the farmer’s markets are open at towns all along the Mendocino Coast (and inland, too). I’ve been dropping by the markets in Mendocino and Fort Bragg for years, and there’s really a wide variety of produce available. You can also find cut flowers for sale, and local honey and berries, and who knows what else? The market in Mendocino takes place on Howard Street, in the block just north of Main Street, from noon until 2:00 every Friday through October 28. The Fort Bragg market is on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 pm in the 400 block of Franklin St, in front of City Hall. The Gualala market is on Saturdays from 9:30-12:30pm at the Gualala Community Center. The Mendocino County Farmer’s Market Association has a Web site with pointers to all of the locations in the county, and more. They’re still working on their site, evidently, but the basic info is there.


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Heritage Days in Full Swing!
Saturday, May 7th, 2011 by dff

Third Order Fresnel Lens on Display at Point Cabrillo Light Station SHPThird Order Fresnel Lens in use at Point Cabrillo Light Station SHP
(You can also see the post author in the glass)
Heritage Days of Mendocino County is in full swing now during all of May! This is the eighth year for Heritage Days—Nancy and I started it back when we were part of the now defunct Mendocino Business Association. Over the years, more organizations have joined the effort, including a number of inland partners in Willits and Ukiah. Organizers include: the Kelley House Museum • Ford House Visitor Center • Guest House Museum • Point Cabrillo Light Station SHP • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens • Mendocino Study Club • Mendocino County Museum & Native Daughters of the Golden West. Events this year include touring the third-order Fresnel lens at Point Cabrillo; tours of Ridgewood Ranch (home of Seabiscuit); historic walking tours in Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Willits, and Ukiah; lectures by historians; cemetery walks, and more. You can see the full schedule on the Heritage Days Web site.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

6th Annual Mendocino Coast Heritage Days
Friday, May 1st, 2009 by nancy

Today begins the month-long celebration of Mendocino Coast Heritage Days with historic walks, preservation talks, heritage roses and a whole lot more.

Docent-led historic walking tours will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and include buildings not open to the general public, such as the Masonic Temple, Presbyterian Church, and the Temple of Kwan Tai. Historic characters come alive on the cemetery tour and through old-time radio broadcasts.  Visitors can tour heritage roses at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens or talk with historic characters on the Skunk Train.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Bunny Camp and Easter Egg Hunts
Sunday, April 5th, 2009 by nancy

There’s fun for the family next weekend with events springing up all along the Coast. Here are just a few special treats.
April 11 & 12: Model Railroad
The Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society runs a 200-foot model of Digger Creek & Northern Railroad. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Hwy 1, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352 ext.16

April 11 & 12 @ 10am: Easter Egg Express
Join us on the Skunk Train for an Easter Egg Hunt, fun and games and a surprise stop to visit the Easter Bunny. Goody bag provided. Departs Fort Bragg. Adults $47 Child $22 866-457-5865

April 11 from 11am-2:30pm: Bunny Camp
Children ages 3 – 7 are invited to join us for Bunny Camp. The Easter Bunny will welcome campers for crafts and an Easter egg hunt! Campers will decorate eggs, bags and cookies and have their faces painted. Then join the dash as the Easter egg hunt begins! Two sessions: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm The camp fee is $10 per camper with a limit of 35 campers per session. This event supports the Friends of Mendocino Coast Animal Shelter.  707-937-5942 for reservations. This event will sell out, so please call early.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

More Kudos for Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 by dff

The recent changes at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, which include the addition of executive director Chris Woods and renovation of the entrance area, bode well for one of the area’s most popular tourist attraction. The latest positive feedback on the gardens comes from GardeningGoneWild.com. In part:

Last month, I went to visit an old gardening friend of mine, Chris Woods, who has recently become the head of Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. As you may recall, Chris was the visionary behind the transformation of Chanticleer from a private estate to one of the great American public gardens as we know it today. From chatting with Chris prior to my visit, I knew that this new endeavor of his was not going to be a repeat of his work at Chanticleer for several reasons ….the article is very complimentary.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

It’s Spring and It’s Beautiful at the Botanical Gardens
Saturday, May 24th, 2008 by dff

Just the other day, near lunch time, I was passing by the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and decided to stop by for a walk to see what’s blooming. Well, everything is. You say, “of course dummy, it’s spring.” But with the new entrance that sweeps you into the garden and lush flowers everywhere, the bloom is even more dramatic than ever before. I was overwhelmed with all the colors. Check it out.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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