Check out this quirky and fun garden In Mendocino (updated 2021)
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 this quirky and fun garden in Mendocino and discovering all the surprising little bits and colorful parts of the garden. You’ll also love all the beautiful art and hidden treasures throughout the property and so cleverly placed into the landscape for you to enjoy. This quirky and fun garden in Mendocino is quite a surprise and you’ll love visiting it in person!
Why visit the Mendocino arts center and garden?
This wonderful garden is just magical and filled with creativity and an art center located right in the garden. A wonderful walk around the garden will surprise any visitor with colorful plant arrangements set with gorgeous art, sculpture, seating areas and so many beautiful artwork on display to discovery and enjoy.
What’s around the corner in this Mendocino Garden?
You’ll never know what to expect walking round this garden and art center, colorful sculpture, magical arrangements matched with bizarre and massage plants and flowers makes this even more exciting to visit and see what is just around the corner.
Found materials and local inspiration
Being an artist center, many of the pieces were created by local artisans inspired by the landscape in the area. So it isn’t a surprise to see really amazing pieces with creativity at the core with many of these whimsical pieces even with materials gathered and used from the area. 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 for cool art and unusual presentations below.
I would love a bench like this in my garden, take a look at the cool details…
Here’s another bench with found metal pieces, which do you like better?
Here are some more of my favorite pieces I found along my tour of this sweet garden.
Stone and concrete art have their place in the garden
A modern mosaic interpretation in the woods
Huge sunflowers in this garden will last forever….
Hello there you colorful thing…what are you?
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.
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Conclusion visiting the Mendocino garden and art center
Put this on your must do things to see when you are in Mendocino walking around the historic town. It’s worth the walk to visit this quirky and art filled garden and art center in the heart of the town.
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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.
I love how this place looks! It’s amazing how the sculptures blend in with the garden.
Nice shots. I’m sure I’ve been to this place, but not in many years.
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.
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.
Yes isn’t that driftwood horse amazine, thanks for connecint.
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.
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 🙂
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.
I would love to visit! The mosaics are awesome. 🙂
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….
Your post title is perfect – quirky and fun!
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Those benches are very cool – would love to have 1 of them in our garden!
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.
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 🙂
What a unique garden! I especially like the wooden horse bench.
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.
I love this garden and art congrats and continue the amazing photography.
This is certainly a quirky and fun place to visit. Love it! My grandsons would love to go there.
Very beautiful… I like the mosaic and the sunflower…
This looks so lovely Noel..Great display of Arts..Nice Captures.. 🙂