Arts + Culture

Spring at Mendocino Botanical Gardens

With so many of our New England Lark properties being blanketed by spring snowstorms, we think it's high time to plan a trip to a place where spring has fully sprung. Springtime in Mendocino can be a little finicky with its coastal California climate, but with highs in the mid-60s to low 70s, we'll take it over donning winter hats and shoveling snow yet again. Book your stay at our Mendocino boutique hotel, Blue Door Group, and take advantage of spring in Northern California by visiting the nearby botanical gardens.

As you can probably imagine, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens are bustling with energy and activity come spring. Just a 10-minute drive north of Mendocino in Fort Bragg, the garden's 47 acres overlook the Pacific Ocean, making it a beautiful and educational place to spend the day. The coastal climate allows plants to thrive that can't stand the relatively extreme heat and cold found inland. Springtime at the gardens means magnolias, camellias, heathers, and rhododendrons are all in bloom.

Northern California's climate is well-suited to growing rhododendrons in particular, and the Botanical Garden takes particular pride in its collection, with over 120 different varieties in bloom through May. An expert leads guided walks through the rhodas on the second Saturday of each month through May, and the weekend of April 22 and 23, 2017 brings the 40th annual rhododendron show. Go see the area's best rhoda blooms in the Rhody Show, and then enjoy lunch at the café as it reopens for the season mid-April.

Any season is a good time to visit the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden (in fact, they were included in a list of the 55 best botanical gardens to see before you die), but springtime brings particular joy as the cold grip of winter retreats and the greenery and flowers reawaken. The gardens are open daily from 9am to 5pm, and admission is only $15.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens | 18220 North Highway 1 Fort Bragg | (707) 964-4352