Bloom Blast from Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
May 8, 2015
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Thanks to everyone who enjoyed a day in the Gardens on Retro Sunday and those who visited during the Rhododendron Show last weekend. Many people renewed their memberships during these special events, and several new people joined. We hope you will utilize your membership often and that you might also consider volunteering.

Did you know that with only 25 volunteer hours in a year, you can earn an individual membership? That's only  a few hours each month and is a great way to both meet new people, enjoy working in a spectacular setting, while also earning a membership! More information about volunteering at the Gardens can be found here.

If you've ever wondered where our Heritage Rose Garden is located, or simply how to access it, you may notice a new entrance into that garden from the Perennial Garden. Not only is the new entry more accessible, it is also more visible! Roses are coming into their full bloom this month. Be sure to come experience the incredible fragrance and beauty of these lovely antique varieties.

We've been working on invasive plant removal on the Coastal Bluffs. Removing the plants, such as Mediterranean Ice Plant, allows our beautiful native plants light and space to grow and is an important part of our conservation effort here at the Gardens.

How many of you know that we have a resident Western Screech Owl in the Gardens?  Our new inhabitant showcases the importance of the vital “habitat values” we maintain here at the Gardens. These habitat values include leaving select old standing trees, downed logs, and a portion of ungroomed understory brush to create areas for birds, amphibians, reptiles, fungi and more to live in. These species are important components of our natural ecosystem. Similar principles of habitat management can be followed by individual property owners. Information on habitat creation can be found on the National Wildlife Foundation's website.

: In Bloom : 

Rhododendrons . Coastal Wildflowers . Pacific Coast Iris
Heritage Roses . Woodland Fuchsias . Succulent Garden
Early Perennials

Success with Vegetables

Saturday, May 9
10am to 12noon

Gardens Meeting Room

(please check in at front entrance)

with Kate Frey

Does your vegetable garden fail to live up to your expectations in terms of appearance, plant heath, and/or production? Are weeds taking over and plants failing to thrive? Learn a variety of easy to understand approaches that will make the gardening process more straightforward. We will also discuss vegetable varieties that are full of flavor and of wonderful appearance. Principles and practices will be illustrated in many colorful and inspirational slides and a garden walk.

Kate Frey is a world-renowned consultant, designer, educator, and freelance writer, specializing in sustainable gardens that encourage biodiversity. 

Gardens members and Master Gardeners $10; non-members $20 (includes garden admission for the day). Please phone 707 964-4352 ext. 16 to reserve your space. 
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The Fort Bragg Garden Club is celebrating its 60th year of service. They extend an invitation to the community to attend a presentation by Kate Frey on Landscaping for Birds and Bees Monday, May 11, from 1:00–3:00pm at the Russian Gulch SP Recreation Hall. 
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