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The Value of Record Keeping

Contributed by MCBG Plant Records/Gardener Karen Youngblood

At their core, botanical gardens are living museums. They acquire, document, catalogue, curate and display collections. They differ from art and science museums in one critical way: their acquisitions are living organisms that require favorable environmental conditions to survive and grow.

Careful record keeping of our plant collections at the Gardens allows us to both observe and document many characteristics about the plants over time—health, age, size, and location, etc. Querying our plant database can help us answer various questions to improve and preserve plant health, diversity, and beauty of the gardens. We are curating our collections not only for the present but for the future so we can provide a comprehensive and accurate record that we can share with the public.

In our garden, we display…

  • 108 Conifer species
  • 199 Conifer taxa*
  • 122 Rhododendron species
  • 314 Rhododendron taxa*
  • 37 Camellia species
  • 48 Camellia taxa*
  • 2,862 live plants managed in our records
  • 155 fungi species logged in our database
        *taxa—includes all species and types of cultivars for each species
NURSERY ON THE PLAZA stocks more than 60 varieties of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. The coast's mild winter weather makes this a great time to plant for spring bloom. Be sure to follow Nursery on the Plaza on Facebook for discounts and inspiration:

Upcoming Workshops

Expand your mind and your garden.

Workshop Series: Sustainable Home Vegetable Gardening

Meets every other Saturday, March 26 through June 18.
Classes/Workshops 9:30am–3:30pm
$200 for members and Master Gardeners  |  $260 for non-members
Fruit Tree Pruning 101
January 16 with coastal orchard master, Di Scott

Gopher and Mole Control
February 6 with gopher and mole expert, Adam Strupp

Rhododendron Basics
Feb 20, Mar 19, and Apr 2 with ARS Noyo Chapter
President, Dennis McKiver

Seed Sowing and Saving
February 27 with MCBG Lead Gardener, Margaret Koski-Kent

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

Workshops meet in the Gardens Meeting Room from 10:00am to noon.

$10 for members and Master Gardeners
$20 for non-members—Includes Gardens admission for the day!  

Class 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.

THE GARDEN STORE has a fresh selection of gardening gloves and innovative tools to help get your plants ready for spring. Stock up on gardening books and learn to make your garden more beautiful than ever in 2016! Follow The Garden Store on Facebook and take advantage of flash sales and deep discounts:



Business Membership

Natural and professional benefits

Make the wonders of the natural world available for your employees and clients. Gain unlimited 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. As a business member, you will enjoy both the natural beauty and professional benefits of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. 

More info: Business Membership Benefits and Categories

Attention current business members:
Help us help you... 
Please send a 
brief bio on your company, logo, and photos to our Marketing Coordinator, 
Roxanne to be included on your featured section in our Business Directory on the Gardens' website.

Shift to a Supporting Role

"How the time has flown" ~ Mary Anne Payne

The MCBG Board is proceeding with the search for a new Executive Director. Mary Anne became interim director in June of 2011, accepting her current position as Executive Director a little more than four years ago. “We have been fortunate to have had Mary Anne’s leadership, dedication, and guidance over the past three years," said Board Chairman Walt Valen. “She brought sound fiscal management to the organization, enhanced and improved the visibility of the Gardens, and set a path for its future. I look forward to her continued involvement in a supporting role.” Mary Anne will retire June of 2016.

Gardens With Form

Steel shapes loom amongst the blooms

MCBG partners with the Arts Council of Mendocino County to present a biennial exhibition of sculptures placed throughout the Gardens. The ten-foot beauty that is Torqued Bell has held a place in the Heath and Heather Collection since fall of 2014. The sculptor and creator of Torqued Bell, Diego Harris, is an artist who lives in nearby Lake County. Diego's initial installation for the 2014–2016 Sculpture Gallery, Sound Tree, was sold to a collector in Napa within four months of placement. Torqued Bell took its place and is available for viewing and purchase through the remainder of the year.

To view more from our current sculpture exhibit, visit the Sculpture Gallery.

Members Only Discount

One of the perks of belonging

You can now get Pacific Horticulture magazine at a reduced rate and enjoy all the other membership benefits of Pacific Horticulture Society. The special PHS membership rate of $24/year is a significant saving over the retail price of $40 for the magazine alone. You’ll also get advance notice of our extremely popular worldwide garden tours and special events, and member discounts on many events.

To sign up online go to:
For your special rate enter this discount code: MCBG2016

This rate is for Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden members only and is non-transferable. 

For more information: Pacific Horticulture magazine - discounted rates

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