The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens spreads out over 47 acres between the California coastal villages of Mendocino and Ft. Bragg. Its climate of alternate sun and fog makes it a happy home for flora from all over the world.
Hills of heather, roses, dahlias, poppies and, in the spring, thousands of camellias and rhododendrons. You hike from the gardens to the coast past cacti and succulents, through a coastal forest with a rushing stream, past conifers and grasslands, as the roar of the ocean becomes louder.
Until last week, I hadn’t walked these paths in 25 year. Then I filmed them on fuzzy old videotape for the Redwood Empire Association. That did not bring out the colors and textures. Now, the gardens show their full, proud plumage in 4K video.
Now during COVID-19 restrictions, the gardens are open but advance reservations are required. But its worth the trouble.