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Dahlias reaching peak bloom!

Upcoming Workshops & Events
Expand your mind and your garden

Follow the links below for more info: 

WORKSHOP: Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs
SEPTEMBER 11 with Master Herbalist Karin Uphoff
10:00am to 12:00pm | call The Garden Store to sign up 707-964-4352 ext. 16

September Pet Adoption Day
SEPTEMBER 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.

FREE Public Awareness Lecture on Mosquitos
SEPTEMBER 17 with U.C. Researcher and Lecturer, Jan Washburn
10:00am to 11:30am in the Gardens Meeting Room

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

Natural History/Collections Walks 
The 1st Monday of each month at 1:30pm (April–October)
Upcoming Walks: September 5, October 3 

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 8:00am (Apr–Oct)
Coming soon...

October Workshop ~ Details to be determined... stay tuned

Mushroom Fest Mushroom Walk
Monday, November 7 at 1:30 pm

Monday Mushroom Walk
Each Monday, November 21 through December 19 at 1:30 pm

WORKSHOP: Mushroom ID for Beginners
This workshop is offered on three Saturdays: Nov 26, Dec 10, or Dec 17
from 10:00am to 3:30pm (Lecture 10–1:30pm; Lunch 1:30–2:00pm; Field ID Walk 2:00–3:30pm)
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Gotta catch 'em all

Pokémon GO sweeps the nation and takes over MCBG!
Inspiring people of all ages to GO OUTSIDE... The Pokémon GO app appeared on July 6, 2016 and has since become the number one smartphone game, even rivaling such big-timers as Twitter. Survey Monkey estimates there are currently 21,000,000 daily active users of Pokémon GO in the US, this would make it the most popular mobile game in US history.

Get in the Game!
It turns out, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a great place to score points and reach new levels as a trainer. Pictured above is an actual screenshot overlooking the Gardens through the Pokémon GO appPokémon and Pokéstops have been spotted all over the Gardens. Even a PokéGym can be found amidst the beautiful blooms on our 47-acre garden by the sea!

Here are some helpful links to help you get started: Be sure to share your screenshots as you explore! 


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NURSERY ON THE PLAZA has begonias in stock now. Pick up one or more of these locally grown summer dazzlers for color into Fall and beyond! Follow Nursery on the Plaza on Facebook for inspiration:

A Nursery Note

Wholesale orders closing for the season in October!

Wholesale nursery orders will be coming to a close for the season in October. If you would like to place a sizable order and give your garden a head start for fall planting season please contact Nursery on the Plaza ASAP!


A bit of Mendo Coast history

DID YOU KNOW? On the night of July 25th, 1850, a sleek 97-foot sailing brig named The Frolic wrecked on a reef near the spot where the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse would be built more than a half-century later.

Each winter, The Frolic is reanimated in sparkling color during the FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the intriguing shipwreck and watch a video detailing the "Impact of the Frolic":

Birds galore! Migration season is upon us

Written by Tim Bray of the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society
Photo by Doug Pollard Photography |

This Anna's Hummingbird is apparently a hatch-year male, just growing out his spectacular magenta throat and forehead feathers. The iridescent throat and forehead colors are dependent on the angle of incident light - they can look almost any color from pale green to black!  Watch a sitting male in the sun - as it turns its head you will see the colors flash from the "typical" magenta through various other shades.  Juveniles, like this hatch-year bird, also do not have the color fully developed.

Anna's are year-round residents at the Gardens, though some apparently still do migrate.  Up until the 1970s they were rather rare in winter on the north coast, but from the 80s on they have been quite common (Stanley Harris, "Northwestern California Birds," 2006). We still detect a population drop at this time of year, though, so some are probably still migratory while others have taken up permanent residence. They begin breeding very early and have even been seen collecting nest material in January!

The other common hummingbird at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is the Allen's Hummingbird, easily distinguished by its orange sides and pale chest (it is also noticeably smaller). They begin migrating south in July, and are nearly all gone by mid-September.

It is worth looking closely at hummingbirds in the Gardens, especially during spring or fall migrations, when there is a chance of spotting a Costa's Hummingbird.  They are uncommon north of the San Francisco Bay area, but a few have been seen along the coast.  Costa's are very similar in appearance to Anna's, and you need a good view of the throat to tell them apart.

Migration season is upon us, and for the next month or so we can hope to find some unusual birds passing through, while the winter residents begin arriving.

CLICK HERE for more information on birding at the Gardens.

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:

✓ Check woody and landscape plants for fertilization requirements at summer’s end. Some plants need one more dose, and others require none.

✓ Deadhead  perennials to tidy them up or for continued bloom through summer.

✓ Before fall planting, amend soil with compost and soil conditioner.

Plant now! Give your plants time to establish a deep and healthy root system that will require less watering next summer

Start root vegetables and sow seeds for fall and winter harvest


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THE GARDEN STORE has beautiful feather scarves and jewelry. Check out our selection and let your summertime fashion take flight! Follow The Garden Store on Facebook for updates on the latest:
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