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UPCOMING Workshops & Events
Members-Only Preview Party
THIS FRIDAY! September 13 | 5:30pm to 7:30pm

On this lovely autumn evening, MCBG members will enjoy first choice of all sale items for our Fall Plant Sale... Members can peruse the plants in the Nursery and the selection of Store sale items while sipping wine and enjoying a light smattering of hors-d'oeuvres. Not a member... join today! 

Fall Plant Sale
September 14 - 22 | 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
It is time to stock up on plants for winter and early spring bloom and start your holiday shopping at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' annual Fall Plant Sale. More details below!

Nature Sketchbook Workshop
September 28 and 29 | 10:00am to 3:00pm
Back by popular demand, this two-day workshop is for anyone who wants to add an element of art while on the go, in your backyard or on your next trip. This workshop is full but you can request to be added to the waitlist.

Mushroom Walks
Each Monday November 4 – December 23 | 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Enjoy an identification walk and learn mushroom lore with Naturalist and Mycologist, Mario Abreu. 2019 dates include: Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16, Dec 23. Mushroom Walks are free with regular Gardens admission.

Mushroom ID for Beginners
Nov 30, Dec 14, or Dec 21 | 10:00am to 3:30pm
Learn the basic taxonomic identifying features that distinguish mushrooms from each other, where each unique mushroom species can be found, when they can be found, and the myths associated with them. This workshop is offered on three Saturdays, choose your preferred date to attend. Class size is limited!

Mushroom Botanical Art Workshop
December 7 and 8 | 10:00am to 4:00pm
Learn to make “Mushroom Portraits in Watercolor” with world-class botanical illustrator Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky. Sasha is traveling from his home in St. Petersburg, Russia to teach a botanical art class on the Mendocino Coast! All levels of experience are welcome to enroll. This two-day workshop is co-sponsored by the Mendocino Coast Mushroom Club and the Gardens. CLICK HERE for more details.

Save the date!
Gala 2019: Saturday, November 23
Festival of Lights ~ 10th Anniversary: November 29 - December 22
A bountiful fall harvest
The veggie garden is swinging into full harvest time and our pumpkins are turning orange. During this period of time – while they are still small enough, we gently rotate them to right side up, keeping them firmly attached to their vine and placing them on boards so that they don’t rot where they come into contact with the soil. We are trying a new variety this year called White Boer, a popular squash in South Africa. It came on late, but we think it will produce a nice harvest before the end of the year.
Seed saving is happening, many enthusiastic seed savers have been diligently watching and harvesting as the seed are ripening and we stock our shelves for next year’s garden. Some of the saved seeds include Merlot Lettuce, Violet Queen Cauliflower, Sugar Snap Peas, Calendula, Nigella, and many others. Vegetable seeds will be donated to the Victory Gardens for Peace Seed Bank, and available for free to the Mendocino Coast community.

Where does our harvest go?

Twice a week, volunteers and MCBG staff harvest the garden's bounty. A portion of the fresh-picked produce and edible flowers are used for salads, sandwiches, and specials at Rhody's Garden Cafe.
The rest is delivered to the Fort Bragg Food Bank. We were able to donate more than 2,000 pounds of fresh produce in 2013. A major expansion of our Vegetable Garden allowed us to increase our output donating 6,274 pounds to the Food Bank in 2014, 7,116 pounds in 2015, and 5,620 in 2016, 6,115 in 2017, and 6,469 last year! In 2019 we have already washed and delivered 3,579 pounds (as of the end of August)!
Pictured above: One of our bi-weekly donations to the Fort Bragg Food Bank from last September. Photo taken by MCBG Volunteer, Nancy Housel.
Fall Plant Sale!

September 14 through September 22
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

It is time to stock up on plants for winter and early spring bloom and start your holiday shopping at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' annual Fall Plant Sale.

Grab a delicious fresh lunch or sweet afternoon treat from Rhody’s Garden Cafe while you still can (closing for the season on Sept 14)! FALL IN LOVE with our healthy plants, beautiful home décor, and more... perfect for the changing seasons at a wallet-friendly price. Be sure to take advantage of the low prices during the sale and remember, there is never an admission fee to visit the Nursery, Store, or Café.  

Proceeds from this annual sale help to support our organization! Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a unique botanical treasure that can only be maintained, strengthened, and shared through the philanthropic support of our donors, members, community, and volunteers. As a nonprofit organization, our goal is to provide a setting for plants and visitors to thrive.

Members-Only Preview Night
THIS Friday, September 13
5:30 PM to 7:30PM

Members of MCBG enjoy first choice of the plants in the Nursery and the selection of Store sale items plus complimentary hors-d'oeuvres and wine.

Not a member... join today! Access to Plant Sale Preview Parties is just one of the many benefits of membership. Read here to learn more.

Bodacious begonias
This past winter one of our talented volunteers helped improve flow through the Mae E. Lauer Display House by carving out an opening into the Heritage Rose Garden and restructuring the rows allowing you to wind through the blossoms. At the moment, the airy improvements are doing a fantastic job of showcasing our Begonia Collection and a portion of our Fuchsia Collection. A late summer treat for hummingbirds and humans!
News from the Nursery
If you are looking for something showy for your garden this fall, stop by the Nursery at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and pick up a Princess Flower (also called Glory Bush), Tibouchina. With their fuzzy evergreen foliage, reddish buds and large, bold flowers, they add a dramatic burst of color to the garden from late summer until frost.
The Nursery has Princes Flower in the traditional pure purple – Tibouchina urvilleana (pictured above), and also the less common, Tibouchina organensis ‘Blue Moon’ (pictured right) which has soft lavender flowers with a blue hue. Both plants do well in sun or bright shade (part shade to bright shade if you’re inland), and regular water.
Here on the coast Tibouchina urvilleana can be seen growing happily throughout Fort Bragg and even on properties adjacent to the ocean where there is protection from the north winds. Hardy to about 27°F. The Nursery at MCBG has both available in 5-gallon pots.

Coming soon... Our Rhododendrons and Conifers will arrive this fall so keep an eye on our Facebook page!
Guided Gardens Walks
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers docent-led walks focused on our many plant collections and the history of our natural and restored areas. Each walk and talk will differ based on what is blooming at the Gardens. Join Naturalist Mario Abreu and MCBG horticultural staff to explore the fascinating world of the Gardens. These walks are free with regular Gardens admission (just plain free to attend if you are a member of the Gardens). 

Walks with Mario (1st Monday — Apr through Oct) remaining dates:
October 7

Walks with MCBG horticultural staff (Last Monday — Apr through Oct) remaining dates: 
September 30, October 28

Another great summer fundraiser!

This year’s Art in the Gardens featured more than 60 amazing artists, talented local musical acts, local culinary delights, and some of Northern California’s best wineries and craft brews. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine, dahlias, and surprisingly warm coastal weather. 

SHARE YOUR PICS from the event! Tag 📸#artinthegardensmendo #mendocinobotanicalgardens

THANK YOU to the sponsors for the
27th anniversary of Art in the Gardens!

A SPECIAL THANKS to all of the artists, vendors, sponsors, MCBG staff, and of course, our volunteers who helped to make this a successful fundraiser. Thanks to all who participated in the 27th anniversary of Art in the Gardens. If you are interested in participating in the 28th annual Art in the Gardens as an artist, musician, winery, brewery, or food vendor please contact Jamie Campione at


Win some wine for a good cause

Friends of the Gardens (FOG) invites you to take your chances in their annual raffle for Mendocino County wines. CLICK HERE for more details and a list of 2019 wine donors.

The drawing will take place at FOG's October 1st meeting. Please mark your calendar and join FOG in this celebration of the great wines of Mendocino County. Meet and socialize with the Friends and maybe even take home a winning collection of your own. (You don’t have to be present to win.)

And remember... You can’t win if you don’t play!

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