A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

A colorful mosaic with local wildlife

A fun garden In Mendocino

I love being surprised just happening into someplace unusual or quirky, it really makes discovering a new place a wonderful experience. So when I walked into this fun and creative art garden in Mendocino, it totally put a smile on my face. The garden is located on the grounds of the Mendocino arts center in downtown Mendocino. You’ll have a wonderful time walking around the garden and discovering all the surprising little bits and garden art hidden throughout the property and so cleverly infused into the landscape.


A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Giant mosaic sunflowers

A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

A blue leprechaun and giant mushrooms


Found materials and local inspiration

Being an artist center, many of the pieces were created by local artisans, so it isn’t a surprise to see really amazing pieces with creativity at the core with many of these whimsical pieces. Covering a range of materials from wood, to metal and mosaic, the diversity of materials and subject is what really drew me into the garden and exploring every corner of the garden.


A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Amazing sculpture from driftwood




A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Mosaic fountain


I would love a bench like this in my garden, take a look at the cool details…


A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Now this is a bench!


Here’s another bench with found metal pieces, which do you like better?



A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Metal bench detail


Here are some more of my favorite pieces I found along my tour of this sweet garden.


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A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Sculpture under the redwoods



A modern mosaic interpretation in the woods

A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Contemporary mosaic sculpture

Huge sunflowers in this garden will last forever….

A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Sunflower beauty

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Hello there you colorful thing…what are you?

A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

Colorful critters


This is not on the same par as the Alhambra in Granada or the Huntington gardens in Pasadena. But what it lacks in grand scale and mega botanical collections is offset with inventive or creative inspiration supplemented with color and whimsy, accents which make a garden fun and filled with joy. If you would like to learn more about the Mendocino art center and what is currently happening at the gallery, please visit their website here for more details.

Have you been to Mendocino, If so tell us about your visit in the comments below. Also, please  share this post with any of the social media links on the post, thank you.

Linking to Travel Photo Thursday and Oh the Places I’ve been.


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21 Responses to A quirky and fun garden in Mendocino

  1. Neva Fels September 3, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Gorgeous pictures. I loved all the benches, but the horse is the best since it was discovered and not created. Quirky and fun really describe this place. I can’t wait to visit this area on our next trip to Northern California.

  2. Jess August 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I love how this place looks! It’s amazing how the sculptures blend in with the garden.

  3. Tales Told From The Road August 30, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Nice shots. I’m sure I’ve been to this place, but not in many years.

  4. Marisol@TravelingSolemates August 30, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Hi Noel, thanks for taking us to this delightful garden! I really enjoyed each piece. I appreciate the creativity that goes with each of them. I like both benches; they both have very distinct creativity.

  5. Kendra August 30, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    Thanks for writing this and including the great pictures, this truly is a small undiscovered gem! I don’t know that I will ever get to Mendocino in person, so this was the next best thing. I will always remember the driftwood horsehead sculpture.

    • Noel August 30, 2013 at 6:13 am #

      Aloha Kendra,

      Yes isn’t that driftwood horse amazine, thanks for connecint.

  6. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} August 30, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    I like how whimsical and inspired this garden is. Those mosaic sunflowers would look great in my yard! And I’m fascinated by what was involved in creating that driftwood sculpture. This definitely looks fun.

  7. Johanna August 29, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Awesome, Noel! What a fun place to visit 🙂 I’ve pinned several of the images because I love them so much. I think the Mosaic Sunflowers have to be my favourite 🙂 Oh, and thanks for popping by earlier to ZigaZag – appreciated 🙂

  8. Mary {The World Is A Book} August 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    I love this garden! It’s such a fun way to present art and especially from local artisans. Those benches are awesome and I want one too but really want that driftwood art in my front yard 🙂 Beautiful shots as always, Noel.

  9. Rebecca August 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    I would love to visit! The mosaics are awesome. 🙂

  10. Sallie (FullTime-Life) August 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I’m a huge fan of whimsy and this garden just delights me.. your pictures do make me feel as if I’d been there. The mosaic piece on the top of your blog (with the birds) is just delightful….

  11. The Tablescaper August 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Your post title is perfect – quirky and fun!

    Great to have you at “Oh, the PLACES I’ve been!”

    – The Tablescaper

  12. Patti August 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Those benches are very cool – would love to have 1 of them in our garden!

  13. Karen Dawkins August 29, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    I have never been to Mendocino, but I’ve seen many quirky gardens — there’s on right down the street! Our neighbors made a man out of clay pots. He sits on a bench under a tree — and I can’t tell you how many people have asked about it! My favorite of your photos is the horse. Amazing. Thanks for sharing all of them.

  14. Marilyn Armstrong August 29, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    I developed a love for complex mosaic patterns living in the middle east (anyone who has ever visited The Dome of the Rock will never feel the same way again about mosaics) … but these are so delightfully whimsical. Refreshing 🙂

  15. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans August 29, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    What a unique garden! I especially like the wooden horse bench.

  16. Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel) August 29, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I love gardens and I love to see creativity at work and this place looks like a fantastic combination of the two. I always come away from looking at these sort of photos feeling very un-creative – though I certainly appreciate it in others. That driftwood piece is amazing.

  17. NinaOhman August 29, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    I love this garden and art congrats and continue the amazing photography.

  18. Life Images by Jill August 28, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    This is certainly a quirky and fun place to visit. Love it! My grandsons would love to go there.
    Happy travels.

  19. muzachan August 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    Very beautiful… I like the mosaic and the sunflower…

  20. Harsha August 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    This looks so lovely Noel..Great display of Arts..Nice Captures.. 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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