Highlights

Spring brings rhododendrons.  Come and see on May 2nd and 3rd!

 

Glass Beach and the Coastal Trail Phase I are now open!  Check out the details HERE.

 

Enjoy the winter season in Fort Bragg!  Ten great reasons to visit here.

 

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Coastal Trail Open

Soft Opening, photo by Dan Gjerde

 

Coastal Trail celebrates soft opening January, 2015!

Glass Beach Access Is Open
Please refrain from entering the fenced off construction areas, as this is trespassing and you will be asked to leave.

The Coastal Trail Project   

The City of Fort Bragg has been working for several years to complete the Fort Bragg Coastal Trail & Restoration project which will provide public access along the City’s coast for the first time in over a century. The construction project is funded with a $1.36M grant from the State Coastal Conservancy, a $4.8M grant from the Statewide Park Program (Prop 84 funding), and a $348K grant from Caltrans. The Coastal Trail project will be constructed in 2014 and 2015.

Phase I – Now Completed!
Granite Construction, the project contractor, began construction of Phase I of the Coastal Trail project in early August, 2014. This phase of the project will create 4.5 miles of trail on 82 acres of the old Georgia-Pacific mill site, restore over 20 acres of land to its former natural beauty, and provide three restrooms, two parking lots, 14 interpretive signs, two welcome plazas, and several unique benches designed by local artists.

Phase II
The second phase of the Coastal Trail will provide a half mile of trail on a ten-acre site near the Georgia Pacific mill pond, five acres of restoration, benches, interpretive panels and stairs to the beach at Fort Bragg Landing, and is currently in the planning process.

Talk of the Town

Spring Fling in Fort Bragg!
[posted: March 23rd, 2015]

Photo courtesy of the Botanical Gardens.

Photo courtesy of the Botanical Gardens.

 

Nothing heralds spring on the Mendocino Coast like the annual migration of the gray whales, the arrival of the baby seals and sea lions, and the bright flashes of riotous color of the blooming rhododendrons.  Rivaling the brilliant oranges, golds, purples and red of our sunsets, these perennial shrubs beg you to stop and appreciate their beauty!  In celebration of the height of the bloom, two free events will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd and 3rd.

Co-sponsored by the American Rhododendron Society Noyo Chapter and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, the annual Rhododendron Show and Sale will take place on both Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3rd from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.  The juried show is expected to be the largest in California, if not the entire Pacific coast.  The big white tent houses hundreds of colorful blooms for viewing, as well as bonsai, photographs and floral arrangements.  Don’t miss the raffle for gifts and the silent auction, and plan to tour the gardens with your $1 admissions discount.  People’s choice awards and educational displays will complement the show.  For details and entry information, visit www.noyochapterars.com.

Don’t miss the second annual Rhododendron Walk on Saturday the 2nd, from 11:00AM through 4:00PM.  The event features a passport drawing for prizes, strolling musicians and refreshments at Town Hall on the corner of Laurel and Main.  To attend, pick up a passport at any participating merchant and start exploring the fascinating shops, galleries and boutiques.  Have your passport stamped by at least ten of the over thirty merchants and become eligible for a random drawing for fabulous prizes (no purchase necessary).  Be sure to return your passports to any participating merchant by 3:30PM or to Town Hall prior to the 4:00PM drawing.

While Gardens admission is not required to view the show, the Gardens are offering a $1 discount admissions coupon for show attendees and Rhododendron Walk passport holders.  The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, listed by Sunset Magazine as second on their list of top western public gardens, has one of the nation’s largest collections of rhododendrons—more than 1000 at last count, with many hybridized here on the Mendocino Coast—and they promise to fill the formal gardens and woodlands with riotous color.  Rhody’s Café at the Gardens will be open both days, serving snacks, lunch, and ice cream.  Leashed pets are welcome in the gardens, so bring the entire family.  For more information, visit www.gardenbythesea.org.

A wide variety of rhododendron plants may be purchased at the show.  Local growers and Noyo Chapter members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the best plants for your garden.

All rhodie growers are welcome to enter their best trusses for judging. Those wishing to participate should bring their entries to the Botanical Gardens on Thursday, May 1st, between 5:00PM and 7:00 PM, or on Friday, May 2nd, between 9:00AM and 1:00 PM.  Chapter members will be available to assist in filling out entry forms.  Judging will take place Friday afternoon, beginning at 3:00PM.  Judges will award ribbons and trophies to top entries in a wide range of categories.  For further details, please visit: www.noyochapterars.com or call (707) 962-0565.

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