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

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42nd Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show


May 4 and 5, 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm

Each year, the Noyo Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society (ARS) partners with Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens to showcase some of the best rhodie specimens on the west coast. The 42nd Annual John Druecker Memorial Rhododendron Show will be held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. The juried show is the largest in California with a typical show displaying more than 800 entries and filling the big tent with cascades of color and fragrance.

The Rhododendron Show is free to attend and open to the public from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to hundreds of individual flower entries, there will be plants, bonsai, photos, floral arrangements, hourly plant raffles, and educational displays. Rhody’s Garden Café will be open both days, serving snacks, lunch, and ice cream. A large selection of rhododendrons and other plants will be available for purchase in the big tent and at the Gardens' Nursery. Local growers and Noyo Chapter ARS members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the best plants for your garden.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens will be open to visitors during the Rhododendron Show (regular admission rates apply). The Gardens is home to one of the nation’s largest collections of rhododendrons—many hybridized on the Mendocino Coast—and they promise to fill the formal gardens and woodlands with riotous color. The Gardens’ Rhododendron Collection includes over 124 species and 315 taxa. More than 1,000 rhododendrons can be seen blooming throughout the Gardens from early spring until June!

Everyone is welcome to enter
their best rhododendrons, azaleas, bonsai, photos, and floral arrangements for judging. Those wishing to enter should bring their trusses to the Gardens on Thursday, May 2, between 5:00PM and 7:00PM, and on Friday, May 3, between 9:00AM and 12:00PM. Chapter members will be available to assist in filling out entry forms. Judging will start at 3:00PM Friday. Judges will award ribbons and trophies to top entries in a wide range of categories. Please visit for details on the event or for more information on entry rules and procedures.


Total Number of Entries in 2018: 826
Total Number of Ribbons Awarded 2018: 333

Trophy Winners

Best of Show - Theresa & Byron Jonk, ‘Fragrantissimum Improved’ spray

Best Noyo Chief - Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Best Deciduous Azalea Truss – Lloyd G. Turner Memorial Award

Fran & Ted Steinhardt, Exbury hybrid

Best Deciduous Azalea Spray – Rose Turner Award

Tom & Kathy Charters, Exbury hybrid

Best Evergreen Azalea Spray - Philip B. Cornell Memorial Award

Dennis & Valerie McKiver, ‘Cayuga’

Best Evergreen Azalea Truss – Noyo Chapter Trophy

Valerie & Dennis McKiver, ‘Sweetheart Supreme’

Best New Introduction – Peter Schick Memorial Trophy

Phillip and Lucy Johnson, ‘Noyo Chief’ X R. rex

Best Red Rhododendron – Celeri & Son Nursery Trophy

Dick Jones, ‘Jim Drewry’

Best Lavender Rhododendron

Dennis & Valerie McKiver, ‘Fasteosum Flore Pleno’

Best White Rhododendron - David and Rhoda Ward Trophy

John Winding, ‘Egret’

Best Large Hybrid Spray - Bluewater Trophy

Dick Jones, ‘Southern Cloud’

Best Small Species Rhododendron - The Philp Family Trophy

Valerie & Dennis McKiver, R. russatum

Best Yakushimanum Hybrid Truss - Bill & Lorraine Fee Trophy

Dick Jones, ‘Senator Jackson’

Best Pink Rhododendron - Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden Trophy

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, ‘White Pearl’

People’s Choice – Dennis & Valerie McKiver, ‘True Blood’

Sweepstakes Award – Dennis & Valerie McKiver



Start Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019

End Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019