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Upcoming Workshops & Events
Expand your mind and your garden

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FOG Pack Rat Yard Sale
JULY 9 | Friends of the Gardens hosts the greatest yard sale on the coast!
8:00am to 4:00pm in the Gardens' north parking lot 

Donations accepted July 5–8, or phone 707-964-4352 ext. 17 for a pick-up if needed.

July Pet Adoption Day
JULY 16 | Mendocino Coast Humane Society will be at MCBG with a bunch of adorable adoptable animals!  
11:00am to 3:00pm in the Gardens' main parking lot

WORKSHOP: Summertime Fruit Tree Pruning
JULY 17 with coastal orchard expert Di Scott
10:00am to 12:00pm | call The Garden Store to sign up 707-964-4352 ext. 16

WORKSHOP: Wonderful World of Succulents
AUGUST 20 with Rella Gadulka, owner of local specialty nursery, Simply Succulent
10:00am to 12:00pm | call The Garden Store to sign up 707-964-4352 ext. 16

FOG Birdhouse Auction
NOW through AUGUST 12 | Friends of the Gardens' annual Silent Auction is comprised of uniquely beautiful, quirky, and just plain fun birdhouses to decorate your garden or home. Be sure and stop by to see these artistic creations showcased on The Plaza at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a bidding war or purchase your favorite for the buy-it-now price!

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

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: July 11 (re-scheduled from July 4th in observance of holiday), August 1, 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)
Looking for a great way to keep track of all of the wonderful workshops and events at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens? 
CLICK HERE to subscribe to the MCBG Events Feed on Facebook!

Pollinator Week at the Gardens
Praise and protect pollinators year-round!

Did you know that last week was National Pollinator Week? The annual series of events is sponsored by the Pollinator Partnership, a non-profit organization and the largest in the world dedicated, exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Although the official #PollinatorWeek has ended, you can still show your support for our pollinator buddies, CLICK HERE for a few great ideas...

Pardon our dust...

Update on the Entry Garden Project
We have begun a three-phase project that will upgrade the Entry Garden and help to attract more visitors to this regional treasure. Phase I includes an entirely new watering system, refreshed plantings, and clearer directional flow. Regular water sources to the front area of the Gardens ran dry in recent years. Clever routing of water from other sources using very long hoses is only a temporary solution. The Entry Garden has become the focal point of initial efforts to reduce water usage throughout the Gardens. A new water system has the potential to decrease water usage by at least 30% and save on staff time spent hand watering areas of the Gardens.

The Entry Garden Project also aims to improve appearance and visibility of the Gardens from Highway 1 with refreshed plantings and improved signage. Phase II includes the building of a new arbor and trellis that will raise the Gardens’ profile from the highway. Additional lighting for the parking lot will increase visibility and help to attract attention to the Gardens 24 hours a day.

Phase III will resurface the entry, parking lot, and connecting road. Reconfiguration of the entrance thoroughfare, and special paving around the entryway through the building and onto the Plaza will complete the dramatic new look.

If you are interested in making a donation towards the Entry Garden Project you can do so on our website or call our Administrative Office at 707-964-4352 ext 10.

Wildlife Sightings

So much to see in our "big back yard"
The Osprey is a large fish-eating hawk; it looks like a small eagle with its white crest, but it has a dark mask through the eye. You can spot several of these magnificent birds of prey gliding above the Gardens this time of year. 
Have you captured some great pics of birds, bugs, your own dog, or other interesting wildlife at the Gardens? Send us your pics to be featured in the next Bloom Blast! Email to or just share them with our Facebook page.
THE GARDEN STORE has locally made soaps and spices. Our new fair-trade hats, scarves, and body products make great gifts! Follow The Garden Store on Facebook for updates on the latest:

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:

✓ Cull your apples now for a large, healthy crop of fruit later

✓  Prune branches and stems to avoid overcrowding which can lead to fungus, rot, and strange plant growth

✓  Fight the voles and moles

✓  Take advantage of our area's Indian summer and plant green bean and summer squash now for a fall harvest

✓  Make sure your greenhouse-grown tomatoes are pruned, tied back, and getting plenty of air circulation

✓  Water, water, water, weed, weed, weed
NURSERY ON THE PLAZA is a great resource for pollinator plants. The nursery has all of the info and blooms you need to create an enticing pollinator-friendly garden of your very own! Follow Nursery on the Plaza on Facebook for inspiration:

A friendly reminder

Art in the Gardens event on hold
The Gardens has announced that the fundraising event, Art in the Gardens, will not be held this summer. The decision was not made lightly or without considerable deliberation and work has already begun to revitalize Art in the Gardens for the future. The intent is to develop a resoundingly successful program with brilliant art, live music, art in action, great food, wine, and beer that also nets funds for the Gardens.

In the meantime, we are inviting everyone to visit and enjoy the Gardens and all it has to offer. New sculptures have been placed throughout the Gardens as part of a collaboration with the Arts Council of Mendocino County. The Café, Store, and Nursery are open daily without entrance fees. The dahlia, perennials, roses, succulents, and Vegetable Garden are reaching their peak seasons. A visit to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a great way to experience the best of Mendocino County all in one location.

2016 Festival of Lights
Call for participants

We are thrilled to stage the 7th annual Festival of Lights for our community and the visitors it brings to Mendocino County. The Gardens would like to invite you to participate in the North Coast’s annual holiday celebration. We are asking for your support to help make this year’s event better than ever. Your donation of $25, $50, $100, or more will help us to keep the Gardens aglow for all to enjoy! Based on the value of your contribution, you may also qualify for one of our sponsorship levels.

For more information on our many volunteer and sponsorship opportunities,
please call 707-964-4352 ext 10. 

Learn and grow with the Gardens

A great time of year to get out and garden!
Current Opportunities
:: Monday :: 
Vegetable Garden, Perennial Garden

:: Tuesday ::
Begonia care, Heritage Rose Garden, Heath and Heather care, Dahlia care

:: Wednesday :: 
Woodland Garden care, Restoration/Reforestation, Native Plant Garden, Dahlia care

:: Thursday :: 
Dahlia GardenPerennial Garden

:: Friday :: 
Vegetable Garden

:: Daily :: 
The Garden Store, Nursery on the Plaza/Propagation, Rhody's Garden Café

:: NEW Volunteer Opportunity ::
Help MCBG meet our mission to educate and engage our visitors by creating important plant signage. Wander throughout the Gardens and locate plants with a missing sign, research the species, and create new signage. Training is provided. CLICK HERE for more information.

Call MCBG Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Rosenthal at 707-964-4352 ext. 10 to schedule a meet n' greet.
Join our volunteer family! 
::   Nursery on the Plaza   ::
::   The Garden Store   ::
::   Rhody's Garden Café   ::

::   MCBG   ::

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