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Mushrooms  |  Glittering Lights
Winter Heathers  |  Heaths ​
South African Protea
Grevilleas  |  Fuchsias 
Late Perennials 

UPCOMING Workshops & Events
Expand your mind and your garden

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Festival of Lights
NOW through DECEMBER 18 | each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
5:00pm–7:30pm  |  Last entry is at 7:15pm; lights out 7:30pm
Tickets are $10 each, children age 16 and under attend for free. No 
pets please. Tickets are available at The Garden Store, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, Visit Mendocino in downtown Fort Bragg, or at the door.

The Christmas Pickle Giveaway
DECEMBER 10 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at The Garden Store
The Christmas pickle is a unique U.S. holiday tradition. A decoration in the shape of a pickle is hidden, with the finder receiving a reward and good fortune for the following year. This Saturday, December 10th, be the first to find the pickle decoration hidden somewhere in The Garden Store and receive four tickets to Festival of Lights... you also get to keep the beautiful hand-blown glass pickle ornament!

WORKSHOP: Mushroom ID for Beginners
with MCBG Mycologist Mario Abreu from 10:00am to 3:30pm
Lecture 10–1pm; Lunch Break 1–1;30pm; Field ID Walk 1:30pm–3;30pm
Pick your preferred date to attend and call The Garden Store to sign up 707-964-4352 ext. 16

December Pet Adoption Day
DECEMBER 17 | Mendocino Coast Humane Society will be at MCBG with a bunch of adorable adoptable animals!  The mobile adoption van will be in the Gardens' main parking lot from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

WORKSHOP: Fruit Tree Pruning 101
JANUARY 28 with coastal orchard expert Di Scott from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Call 707-964-4352 ext. 16 or stop by The Garden Store to sign up. 

Monthly Walks...
All walks meet on the Plaza at MCBG  |  Free with Gardens admission

Monday Mushroom Walks
DECEMBER 12 and 19 | meet on the Plaza at 1:30pm
The Gardens is home to more than 150 species of mushrooms during fall and winter on the Mendocino Coast. Enjoy an identification walk and learn mushroom lore with MCBG Staff Mycologist and Naturalist, Mario Abreu. DID YOU KNOW? MCBG's Mushroom Madness got a shout-out in NEW YORK MAGAZINE!

Bird Watching with Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
Join the experts from our local Mendocino Coast chapter of the Audubon Society and learn more about our avian friends. 
- Beginning Birding Walk: The 1st Saturday of each month at 9:00am
- Early Bird Walks: The 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8:30am (Nov–Mar)
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Each Friday , Saturday, and Sunday | NOVEMBER 25 through DECEMBER 18

We are thrilled to stage the 7th annual Festival of Lights for our community and the visitors it brings to Mendocino County. If the weather outside is frightful... bring an umbrella! This event happens rain or shine. Below are the musical acts and Santa's schedule for the remaining two weekends of the Festival:

12/9     Mendocino High School Choir & Santa Claus
12/10    Shug-A-Pea
12/11     The Groovinators

12/16     Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
12/17     Pura Vida & Santa Claus
12/18     Aaron Ford

Tickets are available for purchase at The Garden Store at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, Visit Mendocino on Franklin Street in Fort Bragg, and of course... at the door! 

DID YOU KNOW? We have added a second entrance for those who have pre-purchased tickets! The second entrance is located at the south end of the main parking lot... Get your tickets in advance for a more speedy entry to the Festival.


Support the Gardens in our annual appeal for general funding

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens was founded in 1961 by retired nurseryman Ernest Schoefer and his wife, Betty. Since its inception, the Gardens has become an economic engine for this region, with more than 75,000 visitors annually. Our Gardens are a living museum of plants and ecosystems. Like a museum, we must preserve and protect our specimens for purposes of education, research, conservation, historic preservation, and of course beauty. Please consider making a donation before the end of the year and help us keep this natural wonder growing strong. This annual request for your support makes a critical difference for us. When you donate to the Gardens, your gift provides us with the resources to:

  • Support and expand our education programs
  • Meticulously catalog and manage our cultivated and natural plant collections
  • Strengthen our ability to practice and exhibit conservation principles 
  • Assure the continued beauty and exceptional quality of this regional treasure
One tangible and “real” benefit of donating to a not-for-profit organization is the tax deduction associated with donating. A contribution to the Gardens is deductible in the year in which it is paid. Did you know there are only 23 days left to donate and lower your tax burden for 2016? 
Donate Now

::  Make a donation online  :: 
Complete the convenient form at

::  Make a donation in person  ::
Visit the Gardens—all a-glow for the final two weekends of Festival of Lights—and submit your generous gift at The Garden Store.

::  Mail your donation in the form of a check  ::
Our address is 18220 N. Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

::  For your record  ::
Donation Receipts are provided to each donor. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a registered not-for-profit 501c3 organization;  
our tax ID number is 94-2800886.


at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
THE GARDEN STORE is loaded with perfect gifts for the gardener in your life! or mom, grandma, sister, wife, kids... Great scarves, Christmas ornaments, and Christmas décor! Follow The Garden Store on Facebook for updates on the latest:

HAND-MADE Wreaths and Centerpieces

Decorate your home and support the Gardens
Friends of the Gardens (FOG) are now selling their beautiful, hand-made holiday wreaths and centerpieces available at the Gardens from 9:00am to 4:00pm and during Festival of Lights (until they are sold out). These beautiful pieces are crafted from fresh local greenery!

GIVE the GIFT of the Gardens

Give a present that lasts all year long...
Photo: Mark Jones Photography

Who wouldn't adore a present that offers access to 47 breathtaking acres by the sea, a riot of rhododendrons in spring, dahlias in the summer, mushrooms in the fall, wildlife, educational opportunities to expand the mind, and much more? Give your favorite garden lover a full 12 months of access to MCBG! 

Share the joy of a Gardens Membership!

Purchase a gift membership online.
Fill out a Membership Form and turn in at The Garden Store
or mail it to us at 18220 N Highway 1, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

Some benefits include:
  • Free admission to the Gardens for individuals or households (depending on membership level)
  • Free admission and/or additional benefits at nearly 300 other public gardens (find participating gardens)
  • Discounted admission for guests of members 
  • 10% discount in The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza
  • Discounts on all workshops and classes
  • Invitations to special member events
  • Access to the MCBG Reference Library
Gift a Membership
Not sure if your gift recipient is already a member? 
Give us a call at 707-964-4352 ext 16 and we'll let you know. If your recipient is already a member, your gift extends membership for twelve additional months following the original expiration date. 


at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
NURSERY ON THE PLAZA has Skylands Oriental Spruce available lit with LED lights, Cashmere Cypress, Tanus Japanese Cedar, and other festive plants that thrive this time of year. Live plants make wonderful gifts that give year-round! Follow Nursery on the Plaza on Facebook for inspiration:

Can you DIG IT?

Your seasonal gardening checklist
A few tips and tricks provided by MCBG staff
to help keep your yard in tip-top shape:

✓ Time to start pruning and shaping trees and bushes.
✓ Work on your garden's infrastructure during dry spells in the winter... a great time of year to level plant beds and creating new trails.
✓ Protect your sub-tropical plants and perennials from frost.
✓ Dig up and separate tubers, bulbs, and other plants in need of division.
✓Watch the water pathways created across your yard during storms and amend the flow.

GIFTING a Tree Project 2016

Buy a live holiday tree to benefit Lake County fire victims

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is asking visitors, members of the Gardens, and our local community to help support Lake County as they rebuild from the 2015 Valley fire and this year's Clayton fire. Your donations will aid in replanting the 779,996 acres consumed by fire over the past two years.

Donate a plant

Consider a potted conifer or foundation landscape plant to enjoy in your home now; then donate your purchase back to help revegetate wildfire-affected areas of Lake County. Nursery on the Plaza has a great selection of plants with superb winter interest for holiday decoration. You will be giving yourself a gift to enjoy now, and passing that gift for others to enjoy in perpetuity. After the holidays, drop your live, potted plant off at Nursery on the Plaza at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens for donation to the Gifting a Tree Project. Cobb Mountain resident Kathy Blair created this program in an effort to “bring some greenery and life back for those who are rebuilding.” Just deliver your live, potted plant to Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens by January 16, 2017 to participate in the project. Your plant will be transported to residents of Lake County.

Visit the MCBG website for more details.


It was quite a party!

On the last evening in November, the crisp darkness of the night air was illuminated by the warmth and laughter of a gorgeous crowd dressed in their best black and white attire. Guests were greeted with a sparkling glass of bubbly as they gazed about the décor of elegant lanterns, illuminated manzanita branches, and a giant sparkling chandelier – all in a scheme of black and white. The center of the tent displayed a delicious buffet of gourmet appetizers including seared ahi tuna nachos, sausage and cheese stuffed crimini mushrooms, Mediterranean lavash wraps, and much more.

Shortly after six o'clock, the Mendocino String Quartet took to the stage, serenading the crowd with soothing melodies. Guests strolled under the stars, glass of wine in hand, for an exclusive glimpse at the light displays outside. The Gloriana Carolers added a spark of holiday jubilation as guests moved toward the dessert table which showcased a stunning display of black and white candies, macarons, and other treats to delight the senses. In a celebration of light in the dark, this year's Festival of Lights Gala was truly the place to be.

View more photos of Gala 2016

Click here to receive an invitation!


Scrumptious Bites
:: Provided By ::

Assaggiare MendocinoA Sweet AffairB&C GroceryBrewery Gulch InnCafe BeaujolaisDavid’s RestaurantHarvest MarketLedford House RestaurantLittle River InnLuna TrattoriaMendo BistroNorth Coast Brewing Co. Taproom & GrillOrsi CakesPoint Noyo Restaurant & BarSea Valley CafeSilver’s at the WharfTrillium CafeTsunami Nacho

Bubbly, Wine & Beer
:: Provided By ::

Fathers & Daughters CellarsHandley CellarsNorth Coast Brewing CompanyPanthea Winery & VineyardRoederer EstateSignal Ridge VineyardWitching Stick Wines


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