The floral edge of Mendocino Botanical Garden.

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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Top choice in Coastal Highway 1

This gem of Northern California displays native flora, rhododendrons and heritage roses. The succulent display alone is amazing and the organic garden is harvested by volunteers to feed area residents in need. The serpentine paths wander along 47 seafront acres south of town. Primary trails are wheelchair accessible.

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