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As many of you know, when the sun’s out, the fun’s out – and that means a huge increase in our guests and visitors! We will have some exciting new opportunities to donate your time this spring as we prepare for the start of our busy season. Volunteering at the Gardens is a great way to learn from experts, share your talents, connect with fellow plant enthusiasts, and give back to your community. If you are interested in becoming part of the MCBG volunteer family, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Rosenthal, at 707-964-4352 ext 10, or send an email to
Docent Training
Three-day training on March 8, 22, 29—SIGN UP NOW!
Docents are a very important part of our volunteer community. They are the public faces of our organization that guide supporters through the gardens while sharing stories, knowledge, and most importantly enthusiasm with the community.

NEW! Volunteer Days

Each month an important section of the Gardens will be designated for a "Volunteer Day" led by an expert gardener. These volunteer opportunities are open to current MCBG Volunteers and ANYONE who is interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to give it a test drive. 

Upcoming Volunteer Days:

  • Weeds and T's
    Monday, February 29 from 9:30 am to 12:30pm

    Meet on the Plaza and help rid the lovely Perennial Garden of those unsightly Weeds then kick back and enjoy Tea, tasty Treats, and a free ticket to the Gardens!

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Expand your mind and your garden.

Follow the links below for more info on all of the exciting happenings: 

Seed Sowing and Saving Workshop
THIS SATURDAY! February 27
with MCBG Lead Gardener, Margaret Koski-Kent

Designing Bee-Friendly Flower Gardens Workshop
March 5 with MCBG Board Member, Kate Frey

Guest Speaker: Mary Jasch of DIG IT! Magazine
March 15 from 12:30–2:00pm
Rhododendron Basics Workshop
March 19 with ARS Noyo Chapter President, Dennis McKiver

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening Extended Workshop
March 26 through June 18  |  See article below

Spring Plant & Store Sale
April 23 through May 1 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Rhododendron Show
May 7 and 8 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Looking for a great way to keep track of all of the wonderful workshops and events at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens? 
CLICK HERE to subscribe to the MCBG Events Feed on Facebook!

All workshops meet in the Gardens Meeting Room from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Workshops fee is $20 for non-members and includes Gardens admission for the day. Just $10 for members and Master Gardeners, join todayClass sizes are limited; sign up by phoning in your payment at 707-964-4352 ext. 16, or reserve your spot in person at The Garden Store. 

Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening

Contributed by MCBG Gardener Jaime Jensen

Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening

Meets every other Saturday, March 26 through June 18, 2016
Classes 9:30am–1:30pm  |  Workshops 9:30am–3:30pm

Details will be provided to course participants.

$260 for non-members  |  $200 for MCBG Members and Master Gardeners
Did you know? By planting parsnips and allowing them to flower you can attract beneficial predatory wasps into your garden that pray on aphids.
What’s all the rage about fava beans? Not only do they fix nitrogen in your soil, create great compost materials, and protect your winter garden from being depleted by rain, but they are also often the first plant to bloom, keeping those bees fed early in the season.

Want to learn more? Join us for four months of hands-on, brains-on training and master the essential skills to develop a strong vegetable garden for years to come. Sign up for one of two free course orientations on Tuesday, March 15 or Tuesday, March 22 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Call The Garden Store, 964-4352 ext. 16 to RSVP for orientation of sign up for the extended workshop series. 


Daffodils  |  Azaleas
Rhododendrons  |  Heaths 
Magnolias  |  Camellias
Coastal Bluff begin to bloom in late March!


Rock the vote!

Coming soon... the 2016 Ballot 
Once a year we ask the Gardens membership to vote for the new and/or continuing members of the MCBG Board of Directors. Keep an eye for your 2016 ballot, they will be mailed out in early March.

Please take a moment to cast your vote, all ballots must be received by Monday, April 11.
NURSERY ON THE PLAZA has canes of Dahlia imperialis (Tree Dahlia) in stock now. Choose pink or white form. Late winter is the time to get these beauties started!  Remember, there is never an admission fee to shop. Follow Nursery on the Plaza on Facebook for discounts and inspiration:

Can you dig it?

Your seasonal gardening checklist
✓ Make sure your roses are pruned 
✓  Finish pruning fruit trees before they bud
✓  Start sowing seeds now for a successful vegetable garden... Join us for the Seed Sowing & Saving Workshop this Saturday

Rhody Show—MAY 2016

An invitation to participate!
All rhody growers are welcome to enter their best trusses for judging in California's largest Rhododendron show. Join us Mother's Day Weekend—May 7 and 8, 2016—for the 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show. There is no cost to enter, experts will be available to identify your Rhododendron and help complete the entry form.

Attend the pre-show meeting on April 20 in the Gardens Meeting Room at 12:00pm. American Rhododendron Society's Noyo Chapter president, Dennis McKiver will explain how to identify winning blooms and share tips for showing your rhody. 

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THE GARDEN STORE has a plethora of tiny accessories to help grow your fairy garden. Organize your herbs and stock up on durable garden decor. Follow The Garden Store on Facebook for updates on the latest:
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