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The productive vegetable garden at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is set back from the shoreline and sheltered from wind and salt. Photo: courtesy of Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

[sidebar]Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is open throughout the year. For specific details and information about Art in the Garden, an annual fundraiser featuring a juried showcase of fine art in various media, culinary, and edible arts, and handcrafted artisan-made products with a botanical theme, held this year on Saturday August1, 2015.[/sidebar]

In the early pioneer days of the North Coast of California, before bridges and national highways, a farmstead was established on a tract of land about six miles north of the town of Mendocino. The Parish family lived there in the mid 1800s and fished and farmed to meet their basic needs. They located their home and garden about one quarter mile back from the ocean and planted a windbreak; rumor has it that early California horticulturist Luther Burbank provided the apple trees for their orchard. Today that tract of land is part of the forty-seven acre Mendocino Coast Botanic...

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