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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Photo: John Birchard Photo

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Mendocino, California

Big waves provide the backdrop for this 47-acre property, which rambles along a rocky headland above the Pacific Ocean. Expect to enjoy blooming rhododendrons, camellias, daffodils, and Pacific Coast irises―plus the occasional migrating whale; 707/964-4352 or

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