If you are planning a trip to visit the Mendocino Coast in Northern California I would highly suggest visiting Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens located between Ft. Bragg and the quaint town of Mendocino.
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I grew up in Mendocino County and had never visited this Botanic Garden until a few weeks ago! My mother and I enjoyed a few peaceful hours exploring the grounds of this 47 Acre Botanic Garden, trails through various gardens and with the Prize attraction towards the back of the land – the annual Dahlia Festival! Dahlias… the Dahlias – so many Dahlias. Not surprisingly, it was the Dahlias that inspired me to visit the Botanic Gardens, a few people had told me that I *must* go see them in all their blooming glory. I hadn’t been prepared for just how glorious the entire Botanic Gardens would be and to top it off they offer a retail nursery full of unique plants. I came home with a Purple Bell Vine (see picture below).
I had a hard time narrowing down the photos to include in this post as I had taken so many! Enjoy 🙂