Dahlias in the Botanical Gardens

Dahlias in the Botanical Gardens

Recently I visited the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens with my wife and friends. We left our inland homes and drove through the redwood forests to spend the afternoon surrounded by 47 acres of spectacular beauty. The riotous colors displayed from over 450 dahlias during late summer are a very special sight to see.

As you tour the gardens, DripWorks products are evident throughout. In summer, the umbrella pattern of our adjustable Spectrum Sprayer on a stake provides ample water to the dahlias while Ein Dor Mini Sprinklers enhance the natural coastal influence to keep the fuchsias and begonias cool and moist well into autumn.

Over a dozen sculptures (featuring works from the Arts Council of Mendocino County) are scattered about the acreage, a gilding of the lily in a place where, from the blooming of their signature rhododendrons in the spring, to the fruiting of wild mushrooms (over 150 varieties) in the fall and winter, there is always something wonderful to see.

Located on 47 acres of coastal headlands, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens stretch from scenic Highway 1 to the Pacific shoreline. If you go there, expect to share your experience with native black-tailed deer as well as the many water-loving birds like osprey, cormorants, herons, and Canadian Geese calling this place home. Pack a lunch to eat or visit Rhody's Café (open 9-3:30 daily) for a Portobello pizza or one of their homemade ice cream sandwiches. Finally, make sure you stop into the Gardens Store and Retail Nursery. That way you can get started on creating your own botanical garden!

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