We strongly recommend that you jump in your car and come up to Fort Bragg this weekend. There’s lots of excitement here, and the weather forecast is stellar. Make the trip for a little taste of paradise!
Rhododendron Show at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 2017
9:00am to 5:00pm
The Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) will host the John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show at our own Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. You’ll be able to see hundreds of showy rhodies in the big white tent and all over the gardens. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event. It’s the largest in all of California and the entries are truly spectacular. The rhododendron tent is open to the public and admission is free. You can make a day of it and enjoy a silent auction, and a great selection of rhodies and other plants on sale at a discount. There’s also a chance to speak with ARS members and local gardeners about which plants to choose for your own garden. If you get hungry, Rhody’s Garden Cafe is open all weekend with yummy snacks, lunch options, and fresh local ice cream. Did you know that some of the trails in the gardens go right along the headlands where you can see the ocean? Stroll through the gardens (with admission fee) and you’ll find wondrous rhododendrons and a profusion of plant life around every bend. No wonder the gardens placed fifth in the USA Today contest for the Best Botanical Gardens in the entire nation. We’re right in there with The New York Botanical Gardens, the Minnesota Arboretum and The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
If for some reason you can’t make it up here this weekend, the gardens are offering an ongoing series of sustainable home vegetable gardening classes on some Saturdays from 10:00 am- 3:30 pm. Classes include a lecture segment and hands-on experience. Next classes are Real Dirt (aka Compost) April 29 and Gardening for a Thriving Ecosystem June 17.
Noyo Food Forest
11th Annual Earth Day Festival
Saturday April 22 Noon to 5:00 pm
The Noyo Food Forest Earth Day Festival at the Fort Bragg High School Learning Garden has become a fun annual tradition for locals and visitors alike. There’s music (including Jamaican-born reggae artist I-Taweh at 4:00 pm). Kids will love face painting, a jumpy house, various art projects, a new Bee Haven learning environment, and a “Feed the Bees” plant sale. There will be a Climate Literacy Teach-In where we can all learn something about what climate change means to our world. There are booths selling crafts, a special pizza oven, plus pedal powered smoothies, chili, salad, BBQ chicken or corn and lots more. Bring the kids, bring your granny – this is an event that everyone will love!
Friends, Fur, Fun Festival
Friday, April 28 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 29, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
This two-day event is just south of the Botanical Gardens at 18180 North Highway 1. It’s a great opportunity to benefit many of our animal groups including the Coast Cat Project, Second Chance, the Eileen Hawthorne Fund, The Mendocino Coast Humane Society, FIV Cat Rescue, and S.O.S. Networking for Mendocino Coast Companion Animals.Pet adoptions, silent auctions, a yard sale and much, much more…for all the details, visit the event Facebook page.
If you’re coming up later – like in early May, don’t forget one of our newest events!
You want to talk about fun? Bring your inner child to this amazing event. Registration for this all-ages event begins at 8:00 am and you’ll be on the trail by 9:00 am. Organizers suggest dressing in white – as you run, skip, jump, and cavort your way along the course you’ll pass through each color station and end the race in a grand finale of color. If you don’t want to enter, you can still come watch the celebration and enjoy the race and after party for a mere five bucks. Beats sitting at home watching TV, right? Sponsored by the Parents Clubs of Redwood Elementary, Dana Gray Elementary and the Fort Bragg Middle School. Get your tickets here.