Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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    A cascade of vibrant color inside the big tent

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    Inside of the Gardens, Rhododendrons surround the trails

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    Rhododendron 'Tahitian Dawn'

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    Rhododendron 'Noyo Chief'

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    Rhododendron 'Mrs GW Leak'

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39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show

California's largest Rhododendron Show

Join us Mother's Day Weekend—May 7 and 8, 2016—for the 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens co-sponsors the event with the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society. This year's juried show is expected to be one of the largest on the entire Pacific Coast with over 1,000 entries. The show will feature a cascade of vibrant rhododendrons, raffles, a silent auction, people's choice awards, educational displays, food, and more!

Visitors to the free show will receive a coupon for $1 off admission to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, where more than 1,000 rhododendrons may be viewed (not all in bloom at once, as we have early, mid-season, and late varieties). A large selection of rhododendron and other plants will be available for purchase in the big tent and at Nursery on the Plaza.

BOUNUS: During the Show weekend you can purchase a Gardens membership for 10% off. Membership has great benefits, including access to almost 300 gardens nationwide, through the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program.

Another fantastic show thanks to all of this year's participants!

A number of entries from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens own Rhododendron Collection received accolades at the 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show. One of MCBG's entries, a big leaf hybrid (pictured above), was selected as the 2016 Best of Show! Photo by Dick Jones, Noyo Chapter American Rhododendron Society

CLICK HERE for photos from the 2016 Rhody Show

Results from the 39th Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show

Trophy Winners

Best of Show - Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Big Leaf hybrid

Best Noyo Chief - Dick Jones

People's Choice – Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Pt. Defiance’ spray

Best Deciduous Azalea Truss – Lloyd G. Turner Memorial Award

Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Homebush’

Best Deciduous Azalea Spray – Rose Turner Award

Phillip and Lucy Johnson, unknown

Best Evergreen Azalea Spray - Philip B. Cornell Memorial Award  

John Winding, ‘Shin Kotobuki’ 

Best New Introduction – Peter Schick Memorial Trophy

Phillip and Lucy Johnson, ‘Nancy Evans’ X ‘Noyo Chief’

Best Red Rhododendron – Celeri & Son Nursery Trophy 

Tom & Kathryn Charters, ‘Captain Jack’

Best Lavender Rhododendron

Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Fastuossum Flore Pleno’

Best White Rhododendron - David and Rhoda Ward Trophy 

Bob & Judy Mathey, R. edgeworthii

Best Large Hybrid Spray - Bluewater Trophy 

Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Pt. Defiance’ spray

Best Small Species Rhododendron - The Philp Family Trophy 

Ken & Nodga Jones, R. concatenans

Best Yakushimanum Hybrid Truss - Bill & Lorraine Fee Trophy

Dick Jones, ‘Senator Jackson’

Best Pink Rhododendron - Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden Trophy 

Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Georgeous George’

Sweepstakes Award – Dennis & Valerie McKiver

Blue Ribbon Winners

13 winners of the 59 blue ribbons awarded (13 winners of 58 in 2015)

Tom & Kathryn Charters (4)

Bruce & Julie Donaldson (2)

Phillip & Lucy Johnson (2)

Dick Jones (8)

Ken Jones (3)

Byron & Teresa Jonk (2)

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (7)

Dennis & Valerie McKiver (24)

Nancy Mahaffey (1)

Ed Monsen (1)

Rosalie Stanley (2)

Scott Vorhees (1)

John & Susan Winding (2)


Start Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

End Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Schedule Details: 9:00am to 5:00pm both days

Location: Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Payment Information: Free admission to show; Gardens admission separate.

Sponsored By American Rhododendron Society's Noyo Chapter

The Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, has been a local non-profit organization for over 38 years. Their stated mission is to promote the study and culture of rhododendrons and to stimulate interest in rhododendrons by any appropriate means, including the holding of frequent meetings of members and education of the public with Rhododendron shows. Their locale is also of utmost importance in preserving the rhododendron species. Although these plants grow in few places worldwide, they thrive in the favorable climate of the Mendocino Coast. The area spanning Eureka to Fort Bragg is the largest production center of hybrid rhododendrons in California.

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