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The Gardens' Annual Funding Appeal

After you take advantage of those great ‪#CyberMonday‬ deals, let's start the holiday giving season off right by showing that we can give as good as we get on ‪#GivingTuesday‬Volunteer your time or donate a portion of your savings back to a nonprofit organization that is important to you. Once a year we ask you to help support the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. If you are a fan, please consider making a donation to keep this natural wonder growing strong! 

Support the Gardens

Help us to strengthen the Gardens as we look forward to 2016, start with #GivingTuesday‬ as we kick off an effort to meet and exceed our yearly funding needs. Please visit often and see first hand how your generous gifts help this garden for all seasons grow.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is a registered not-for-profit 501c3 organization; your donations are tax deductible as allowed under the law.  
“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” ― Rudyard Kipling 
Photo: Mark Jones Photography |

A Membership to the Gardens

Give the gift that lasts all year long
Who wouldn't adore a present that offers 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? Give your favorite garden lover a full 12 months of access to MCBG! 
  • Free admission to the Gardens for individuals or households (depending on membership level)
  • Discounted admission for guests of members 
  • 10% discount in The Garden Store and Nursery on the Plaza
  • Newsletters and other mailings 
  • Invitations to special member events
  • Access to the MCBG Reference Library
  • Reciprocal free admission and/or additional benefits at at nearly 300 other public gardens (find participating gardens)

Share the joy of a MCBG Membership!

Print and fill out our Membership Form and turn in at The Garden Store.

Purchase a membership online.

Not sure if your gift recipient is already a member? Give us a call at 707-964-4352 ext 16 and we'll let you know. If your recipient is already a MCBG member, your gift extends membership for twelve additional months after the original expiration date. 

Festival of Lights Gala

Kick off this holiday season in style

Mother nature promises a crisp evening for the Festival of Lights Gala this Thursday, December 3rd. Doors open at 5:30pm. Join us for a more intimate viewing of the lights, champagne, wine, delectable hors d'oeuvres, a sizzling main course and sweet treats.

Click here for a peek at the wonderful local restaurants providing this year's feast. You will also find a listing of Lodging Partners offering deep discounts for those in need of cozy accommodations on the coast following the excitement of the Gala.

If mother nature cooperates, a grand fireworks display will light up the night sky at this year's Gala!  

Festival of Lights

Marshmallows, candy canes and wish-lists galore! 

The 2015 Festival of Lights had a great launch helped by a dry weekend and beautiful glow of a full moon. Attendance for this year's opening weekend just about doubled from last year; approximately 2,894 candy canes were handed out with care to each visitor. Santa made one of three special appearances at Festival of Lights and spoke with over 200 children about their holiday wishes. Some of them came prepared with lists which included “bring my mommy some pretty earrings”, “I want to go fishing on the big boat again” and “my daddy needs a new saw”.  

The lights this year are spectacular! There is live music, delicious homemade chili and sweet treats, hot chocolate and cider, along with beer and wine available in the heated tent. Even in the rain it is great fun! Join us every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between now and December 20th.

Please dress for winter and leave your pets at home for this event.

NURSERY ON THE PLAZA has Variegated Holly Leaf OsmanthusRed Cone Norway Spruceand other festive plants that thrive this time of year. Live plants are wonderful gifts that give year-round.  
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THE GARDEN STORE has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list... it is always free to stop in and shop!

RHODY'S GARDEN CAFE will re-open in Spring of 2016... in the meantime the popular lunch spot is decked out in it's holiday best with festive face painting and visits from Santa on select nights of Festival of Lights.

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